Crossroads Cuisine Shanghai Food Culture Stroll - Small Group Walking Seminar

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What To Expect

Headed by a culinary expert, enjoy this group orientation tour by weaving through the markets in Shanghai, and afterwards, indulge in a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.

Highlights

  • Conducted with a seminar approach (no lectures!) to offer a narrative participatory experience

  • Learn from "docents" who are scholars or specialists with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study

  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests for an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Shanghai
Departs From:
Shanghai
Meeting Point:
Donut King
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
Monday and Friday at 11:00 AM
Product Code:
10995
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

As a center of trade, commerce, and migration, Shanghainese cuisine has assimilated the cuisines of nearby regions including Ningbo, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shaoxing. As a result, it provides an excellent lens to experience and study Chinese food traditions.

We begin in the New Zhenning Lu Market. Our focus will be on tradition and history and how the average Chinese eats. The market itself is like a microcosm of China: We'll talk about Guangdong traders, Anhui salt merchants, Fujian stevedores, and Ningbo's missed opportunity to become eastern China's major port city. We'll look at how geography explains Shanghai's reputation as a "land of fish & rice," reflected in its produce and its preference for river seafood despite its name actually meaning "on the sea."

As we stroll through the market we'll discuss fundamental food concepts in China, such as the importance of sharing meals, the emphasis on freshness and vegetables, and the central role of texture in cooking. We'll also veer into the political and talk a bit about China's troubles with food scares and how Communism effected cuisine in the 20th century and today.

We'll also discuss the central role of pork in the Chinese diet and learn fun facts like how China is the only country in the world with a strategic pork reserve or how the Chinese character for 'home' is actually a pig with a roof over its head.

After about an hour in the market we'll move on to a local Shanghainese restaurant located in a colonial-era villa nearby that survived Shanghai's tumultuous history. With gorgeous Spanish tiles and cherry paneling, as well as the family's antique collection as a backdrop, we'll encounter one of the most interesting chefs working in Shanghai today, Tony Lu. Our docent, who's written about Lu and his impact on Chinese cuisine, will carefully curate our meal, choosing a selection of courses that illustrate some of the concepts we've discussed along the way. He'll also frame and contextualize the experience within current food trends in Shanghai and China generally.

Although the menu changes on each tour, some of the dishes we may try include Xunyu, a famous Shanghai smoked fish recipe, that has emerged as Lu's calling card; hongshao rou, a succulent and melting red-braised pork belly; and cold "drunken chicken," a specialty of nearby Shaoxing that uses the city's well-known rice wine as a marinade for a steamed free-range bird."

Highlights

  • New Zhenning Lu Market

  • Local Shanghainese restaurant

Includes

  • Guide services by local foodie or Chinese gastronomic expert

  • Local Shanghainese lunch

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum is 2 passengers per booking only. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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