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New Shanghai

David Pearlman | Jun 29, 2006 07:45 PM

Went there for lunch today with a Taiwanese friend, so we got some things I would never find on the regular menu. Hot and spicy eel was the star. Stir-fried small chunks, coated with a very thin layer of cornstarch and spices, including hot peppers that made it about 8 on a scale of 10 for hotness. Our vegetable dish was an excellent combination of edamame and bamboo with jalapeno slivers. Hot again, but not quite so much as the eel.

My friend raved about the pork shoulder he's had there in the past, but when it came it was a huge disappointment. It seemed to have been left over from dinner last night, for although the flavor was good the meat was tough, not falling off the bone as it should have been. My friend sent it back.

We also got a couple of freebies; a wintermelon and ham soup that was utterly authentic and quite tasty, and some excellent bean curd skin done in five spice powder.

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