We settled in our hotel in Shanghai a little after noon. The hotel is located in an older neighborhood that has not seen too much redevelopment.
After dropping off our luggage, the plan was to look for lunch, then sleep until we got up, which could be the next day (since we already lost one night of sleep getting here).
We wandered a couple of blocks from the hotel looking for simple, everyday, comfortable food. The surrounding area had small food stalls, Chinese fast food outlets, and family style restaurants almost next to each other.
We settled on a restaurant that was fairly busy and crowded. My rule of thumb is if an eating establishment is busy, the food should be fresh and most likely decent at least.
The place was so busy, we had to wait a couple of minutes for a table. For the most part, the decor was nondescript, but toward the back of the restaurant, there was a little alcove that looked kind of like a country style inn.
In fact, prior to us getting a table, there were two Buddhist monks eating lunch on one of the tables in the alcove. I think their presence added to the atmosphere. I was going to take a picture of them but the restaurant was a little too crowded (the pictures above were taken after we ate lunch when the rush died down).
Here’s what we ordered.
I’ve never seen Chinese noodles as wide as the spinach noodles that day. It was easy to imagine the Italians adopting this type of noodle. The Napa cabbage “stew” was a dish The Cat grew up with, it had bits of mushrooms, ham, and pi dan (aka thousand-year old egg). The lunch was a nice start of our trip.
As we were walking back to the hotel, The Cat spotted some of the foods she knew when she was growing up.
There was also a woman, wrapping pre-made food for shoppers to take-out and eat at home.
By that time, it was late afternoon, early evening. We staggered back to our hotel room, showered, climbed into bed, and slept till the next day.