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Favorite dishes at Little Shanghai, San Mateo?

bbulkow | Aug 8, 201001:49 PM     21

I had dinner (previously lunch only) at Little Shanghai last night, and felt a little at sea with their menu. The english translations seemed even shorter than usual.

What do people like there?
We had:
- 5 spice fried fish, which were little anchovy-like critters crispy fried in 5 spice. Yum.
- xlb, pretty good but not great
- "braised meatballs" , which I guess were lion's head. I prefer them in clay pot, but this version was tasty, light, lots of ginger.

And specificly from their menu:

- there are a lot of "casseroles" in the soup menu. What's that? There's a seperate "claypot" section, so it's not that. Because they have "meatball casserole", and if that's meatball in claypot, I'm ordering it next time.

- there are two separate items "dong po pork" and "pork knuckle". Another table got "dong po pork" and it was in this unusual clay contraption taller than a standard clay pot. What exactly is dong po style?

- what is "jian nan reminiscent dishes"? These look more sichuan. Any point in ordering them here?

- there are a number of eel dishes. Are these the large flat eel as is native in north america, and served in sushi as unagi, or is it those funny worm-like small eels I've had in other chinese dishes. What is a shanghai eel?

- how do Shanghai spare ribs differ from Wuxi ribs, given that they have wuxi eel so must know wuxi style?

- the claypot section has a lot of dishes that seem challenging, like #1 pork tendon w/sea cumber in clay pot. Some seem just odd, like crab curry, or cabbage beef stew (irish?!?!). Are any of these particularly recommendable?

I should scan the menu so folks can see the chinese.
Here, at least, is the english version of the menu.
http://www.allmenus.com/ca/san-mateo/...

Any hints appreciated. Really liked the place and want to dig a little deeper.

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Little Shanghai
17 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

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