Pizza Chain Apologises for ‘French Concession’ Address

British chain Pizza Express has apologised for advertising the location of a Shanghai branch as “in the French Concession” (法租界 Fǎ Zūjiè), the French-governed enclave which occupied the city’s Xuhui and Luwan...

Shanghai’s Four Hot Tables

The Wall Street Journal profiles a restaurant in Shanghai that is the hottest meal ticket in town with only four tables: The dinner I had there recently began with a visit from Ms. Qu, whose smooth, round face and pixie haircut...

Garden of Contentment

In the New Yorker, Fuchsia Dunlop, author of Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, writes about a restauranteur in Hangzhou who is trying to supply only locally-sourced organic...

Beijing Mao-era Restaurant Leaves Locals Seeing Red

From Xinhua: Waitresses in green army uniforms and red “Serve the People” armbands salute customers and greet them with “I swear to Chairman Mao that I will serve you with all my heart.” The young women,...

Video: Hooters in Beijing

Danwei carried a video interview with Hooters’ store manager in Beijing, produced by Thomas Crampton. Danwei introduced Crampton as the “former Hong Kong correspondent for the International Herald Tribune who now lives in Beijing, and has a blog, and a Youtube channel.”

Eating Beyond Sichuan – Nina Zagat and Tim Zagat

Nina and Tim Zagat, founders of the respected Zagat restaurant guides, have written an op-ed in the New York Times bemoaning the sad state of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. and calling for “dumpling diplomacy” to bring talented Chinese chefs to our shores: Like so many other aspects of Chinese life, the culinary scene in […]

Sometimes in China it is better NOT to see your food – Onemanbandwidth

From Onemanbandwidth: In Beijing, China there is a restaurant where customers are not allowed to use flashlights or glow-in-the-dark-accessories (I heard that!) inside. Besides the kitchen and bathroom area, thankfully, the whole restaurant is virtually pitch black. Yes, this is by design. And though I have recommended it to a couple of places in Guangzhou […]

Tea shop has ‘mistress’ … Shanghai authorities jealous – Dan Washburn

From AP via Shanghaiist: …A Shanghai tea house whose name translates roughly as “Frog Keeps a Mistress” has been deemed a threat to public morality and told to get a new moniker, local media said Friday. The “Qingwa Bao ErnaiÔºàÈùíËõôÂåÖ‰∫å•∂Ժ┠shop was violating China’s advertising law, the Shanghai Daily and other newspapers said, citing a […]

‘Leftover Clan’ triggers Chinese reflection on vice – China Daily

From China Daily: Shuttling from one table to another, they sweep up whatever food is left on the table in Beijing’s restaurants. They are the ‘Leftover Clan,’ writes Beijing Morning Post on Tuesday. “It’s a matter of preserving food.There’s no shame in it at all,” said Lao Liu (alias), a Beijing native who has been […]



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