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Dongpo Rou at Shanghai Bund [San Francisco]

David Farris | Dec 5, 201111:32 AM

There are many reviews on here justly praising Shanghai Bund, including the dongpo rou/red cooked pork(/grandmother's meat? that's how I heard one of its names translated in Shanghai.) But I'm not sure whether they're praising the same dish that I'm writing about, and even if so, one of its greatest virtues has been omitted. So:

They serve dongpo rou. It's a slow-cooked delicious thick square of pork belly served in a little jar. Maybe 3'' x 3'' x 1.5 ''. It's super-fatty and delicious, and stands up well to the ones I've had in Shanghai itself. And it's four bucks! It's small enough that one person can have it alone without feeling silly and bloated afterwards. (Though two or three could easily have a few bites each.)

This is the only place I have seen it around here in this form (I've had and enjoyed the dong po pork shoulder and such at Little Sichuan and China Village and something similar at the Shanghai Place in Milpitas Square). I'd be glad to know if other places also serve this.

There is also $28 dongpo pork dish on the menu at Bund which I haven't ordered. I presume it's a different cut of meat, rather than an 8'' x 8'' square of pork belly. The $3.99 one I first saw on a photo outside, but that's now gone. I couldn't find it on the menu yesterday, but when I asked the waiter for it, I asked for the small one, and got the right thing.

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