It’s summer and time for crayfish!!
Another restaurant in the series – Xi He Yayuan – located at our Shanghai office on the 6th floor of Raffles City Changning.
Remembering the last time I was in Chongqing, I went to their main store. Since then, I have not tried any of their branches in Beijing and Shanghai. Until now.
The famous franchise from Chengdu is now in Raffles City Changning Shanghai. Now we can just go downstairs and enjoy the really spicy, really numbing, mala szechuan food.
I have wanted but avoided coming to this restaurant. The queue was usually between 1~2 hours, and there’s only one dish on the menu. This is the crazy phenomenon called Chinese Sauerkraut Fish.
It was famous for the long-spout tea ceremony, where the tea server will pour the hot water into your tea cup miles away. These days, it just serves good quality, reasonably priced Sichuan food that is not crazy spicy.
Sichuan hotpot was a crazy concept, so simple yet so delicious. Take a little (or a lot) of fresh ingredients and throw them into a sizzling hot pot of stock floating with peppercorn and chili oil. The Chinese fondue cooks the food and infuse it with the distinctly hot and spicy taste.
Finally they opened another store (apart from their ever-popular Clarke Quay store). Haidilao made its name from excellent service and fresh ingredients. Which other restaurant provided drinks and snacks, manicure, game room for children with nanny, microfibre cloth for spectacles, etc for their diners? And is it any wonder they are going IPO in China?