Shanghai can be a gourmet delight or culinary disaster, depending on where you decide to eat. So we reached out to a few Shanghai F&B folks who really have a handle on the scene to Spill the Beans on their favorite spots, from hole-in-the-wall local eats to high-end venues, from late night drunk grub to date night treat yo’ self splurges.
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Name: Rachel Gouk
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Occupation: Blogger, F&B Consultant
Where does your love for food stem from?
I do love to eat. But I also love to cook! My joy of feeding people preceded my writing about food – I’d say the interest in food and learning more about it came from that. Then, like all good things, you get addicted.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Shanghai that serves Malaysia food?
I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite – if I miss food from Malaysia, I’d opt to cook it myself, because there aren’t very stellar Malaysian restaurants in Shanghai – but I would recommend BoiBoi. The bak chor mee is really good and the nasi lemak is decent.
Favorite local eats spot?
If I’m feeling real crap I’d opt for the sesame noodles at Wei Xiang Zhai, but I’d go during off-peak times. Otherwise, it would be take out from either Old Jesse (Scallion Fish Head) or the Hong Shao Rou from Rui Fu Yuan.
What’s your favorite high-end restaurant?
Taian Table. I love that I get to see the kitchen and talk to the chefs. The food is excellent – the restaurant is highly lauded and well respected in Shanghai.
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If you had to pick one restaurant in Shanghai that you couldn’t live without, which would it be?
Co. Cheese. I love Greg. No further explanation needed.
Are there any restaurants that closed that you really miss?
Hakkasan, but that’s coming back.
What gaps do you see in the Shanghai dining scene that you would like to see filled?
Personally, I would love a proper Indian restaurant that does actual banana leaf rice and all the trimmings. Would it be fit for the market? Probably not.
What is your favorite dish in Shanghai?
Long Short Rib at Mr & Mrs Bund.
What advice would you give to budding foodies in Shanghai?
Find a way to grow a second stomach and eat more.
For more Rachek Gouk foodie adventures, follow her on Instagram @nomfluence