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I have a nice bottle of San Bian Pu Jiu (三鞭補酒) that I bought in Beijing. Good conversation piece.

3 whip? what does it mean jo-mel? some animal inside I'm guessing :smile:

it's not the alcohol with lots of snakes inside is it? :huh:

LOL!

Whip (鞭) = male animal organ

3 whips... 3 different kinds of animals used.

The Chinese male-enhancement liquor.

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I have a nice bottle of San Bian Pu Jiu (三鞭補酒) that I bought in Beijing. Good conversation piece.

3 whip? what does it mean jo-mel? some animal inside I'm guessing :smile:

it's not the alcohol with lots of snakes inside is it? :huh:

LOL!

Whip (鞭) = male animal organ

3 whips... 3 different kinds of animals used.

The Chinese male-enhancement liquor.

That's it! It has all kinds of things in it -- sea horse, stag, some kind of bird head, and mountain medicine

Actually that 補 is 'bu' ---- as in remedy. (not pu as in grape) My mistake.

I had it when I was in Beijing, one time, but I don't remember the taste --- something like an after dinner wine.

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I have a nice bottle of San Bian Pu Jiu (????) that I bought in Beijing. Good conversation piece.

3 whip? what does it mean jo-mel? some animal inside I'm guessing :smile:

it's not the alcohol with lots of snakes inside is it? :huh:

LOL!

Whip (?) = male animal organ

3 whips... 3 different kinds of animals used.

The Chinese male-enhancement liquor.

That's it! It has all kinds of things in it -- sea horse, stag, some kind of bird head, and mountain medicine

Actually that ? is 'bu' ---- as in remedy. (not pu as in grape) My mistake.

I had it when I was in Beijing, one time, but I don't remember the taste --- something like an after dinner wine.

We found the DIY version called Hai Bao (see post 193 near the bottom of the page) at the airport leaving Guilin. I can't wait to put all this stuff together and amaze my friends!

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Was in Shanghai for a quick trip over Easter.

We went to Yu Yuan the morning we got there and found

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We didn't eat at Nanxiang Mantou Dian though as we were there too early and the shop wasn't opened yet. So we went to the flea market instead.

While the others were waiting for the flea market at Yu Yuan to open, I found a shop that sold various braised tofu, tofu sheets, snails and soy milk. So I had some of this

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Lunch was at Shanghai Lao Fandian (Shanghai Classic Restaurant). This was our first meal in Shanghai so we may have over-ordered (just a bit) for 3 people...

Appetiser of preserved radish and broad/fava beans (this was one of my faves)

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Pickled cucumbers

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Ham served with vinegar

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Not sure what kind of fish this is called but it's a sweetish cold fried fish and it's supposed to be a Shanghai specialty that we saw on quite a few other tables. Anybody?

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Mapo tofu

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Nian gao with crab roe - yum, liked this lots and ate almost all of it

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Celery stir-fried with lily bulb

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Think this was called 7- treasures or something like that - diced yunnan ham, shitake mushrooms, chicken, water chestnuts, prawns, green peppers and peanuts fried in a gooey sweet spicy sauce.

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Since this was Day 1, we continued with our eating spree at dinner...this was 4 though :raz: as a friend who lives in Shanghai joined us for dinner

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All washed down with lots of tea and warm Shanghai Lao Jiu with a preserved plum added to it

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DING DING DING DING I keep coming back to these four dishes in a row - mouthwatering!! Thanks for posting all of them :biggrin:

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DING DING DING DING I keep coming back to these four dishes in a row - mouthwatering!!  Thanks for posting all of them  :biggrin:

Ditto for me AND the nian goh. :wub:

Amazing the amount of food one can pack in in an short time - when one has to. :laugh:

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Hmmm this is quite a contrast to what I had for a late supper after raking and seeding a brand new 2500 square foot lawn which took most of the day.

I opened a can of sockeye salmon and lightly chowed half of an iceberg lettuce with black beans, then put the whole mess over rice. Jeez things taste good when you're faint with hunger!! :wub::wub::biggrin:

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DING DING DING DING I keep coming back to these four dishes in a row - mouthwatering!!  Thanks for posting all of them  :biggrin:
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Hi Prawncrackers

My fave of the lot is the top one, a Shanghainese specialty called kao fu, a cold appetiser of braised wheat gluten.

The next item was squid or octopus...the little tail was a piece that my cousin had pulled out before she remembered that I had yet to snap pics :raz:.

The last 2 are roast duck served with little buns.

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What is the name of the dish 8th from bottom? Looks fantastic.

Hi LuckysticksPRC

Not sure what it's called as a friend did all the ordering. It was some pork dish served with little sesame pastries. I do have the card of the restaurant though - will dig it out and post it.

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Since we were in Shanghai for a few days, we decided to do a day trip to either Hangzhou or Suzhou.

We settled on Hangzhou but picked a festival day (gun yam daan) so there was massive jam leading to the temples. There was even a particularly fervent devotee who would kneel and touched his forehead on the ground every 3 steps he took.

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Statues of of the wicked official and his wife of the legend behind yau jar gwai

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After touring the various temples and gardens, we had lunch a Lou Wai Lou, a restaurant by the West Lake that's been around since 1849 (2nd pic below. The 1st one is a pretty lakeside building with food kiosks and souvenir shops)

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Not sure what this is called again, will need to check with friend who ordered (the literate one since I am sadly a banana who cannot read Chinese :sad:) but it was delicious - a Hangzhou cold appetiser specialty of blanched greens with peanuts and pine nuts and seasoned with seasme oil.

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Cold appetiser of bamboo shoots

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Duck - but this was rather dry compared to the duck dish we had earlier - different dish though

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Dongpo pork - a Hangzhou specialty that was meltingly yummy. This was served in little clay bowls in individual portions

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Sweet & sour fish

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Beggar's chicken

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Veggies

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Seasonal veggie soup - again, another veg I've never seen before - the leaves were slightly furry and all curled up - anybody knows what this is called?

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looks like a baby lotus leaf. i've never seen them eaten like that, but they use the older bigger leaves to wrap sticky rice and you can eat the seeds out of the center of the flowers, so they must be edible.

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