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Shanghai Xue Yuan

erly | Nov 14, 2005 03:57 PM

A week or two ago there was a discussion of Shanghai resto's
Some of us do not like this style of food.
Dai Tai Fung, Asian Legend, etc.
Charles mentioned the restaurant, for people who do not care for the two aforementioned places that seem to always make the must go to list.
So we set off for Shanghai Xue Yuan for a final try .
It is in a mall (sort of) on the SE corner of Yonge and Glencameron.
The room is Spartan.
The English is poor.
It is very inexpensive.
The owner and staff are really friendly and attempt to be helpful.
We are sitting there with Charles's suggestions, which we can't find on the menu.
The owner immediately asks a young lady at the table next to ours to translate for him.
She is a sweetheart and obliges.
It takes about ten minutes to finalize our order.
Her food is getting cold, but she won't leave our table until she is sure that everything is correct.
Charles, it was delicious, but my arteries were probably pluggerd instantly.
The fragrant duck is outstanding, beautifully seasoned, but deep fried.
My husband licked his fingers.
The whole fish on sizzling platter ,was also deep fried to perfection, then put on a sizzling platter, and covered with the vinegar reduction sauce that the young lady told me is typical for the region.
Delicious.
In fact everything we ordered was good, including the Shanghai version of S/S spareribs (not on the English menu).
I still prefer good Cantonese or Szechuan, and I guess I always will, but will probably return to Shanghai Xue Yuan for that delicious unhealthy duck.
Thanks Charles!

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