14 December 2015

Hunan Food in Shanghai

In recent years, Hunan Cuisine has replaced Sichuan Cuisine as the preferred dining fashion spreading all over China - certainly including Shanghai. Hunan restaurants are usually simply decorated in a country style to give a free and casual impression. Spicy dishDishes in these restaurants are served in large quantities at fairly low prices.

Hunan Cuisine lays emphasis on the variety of food materials, cooking techniques and savory flavors. The styles of Hunan dishes vary including common meals and celebratory banquets, country-styled and family-styled dishes as well as medicinal foods. Most of the dishes have a few things in common - oily, salty and especially spicy flavors.

As a Hunan local, Chinaman Mao Zedong loved Hunan food very much. Wherever he went, a Hunan chef would accompany him. You can try Duojiao Yutou and Chinaman Mao's favorite bouilli in the Hunan restaurants in Shanghai.

 Recommended Hunan Restaurants:

 Xiang E Qing
Chinese name: 湘鄂情 (xiāng è qíng)
Specialties: It is a superior Chinese restaurant in the Hope Hotel. The restaurant is specially decorated with red as its main color, highlighting the hot and spicy features of Hunan Cuisine. Dishes served here mainly focus on cuisines of Hunan and Hubei Provinces. They have authentic flavor, decorative presentation and slightly high prices.
Address: Accessory Building, Hope Hotel, No. 500, Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District (the intersection with Yueyang Road)
Operating hours: 10:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 21:30
Average cost per person: CNY 120 - 170
 
 Aiwanting Restaurant
Chinese name: 爱晚亭酒家 (ài wǎn tíng jiǔ jiā)
Specialties: Aiwanting is the name of a famous pavilion in Hunan Province. The restaurant is sure to serve Hunan dishes. Duojiao Yutou (or Fish Head with Chopped Red Pepper) is recommended. Request a window seat and you might just catch a view of the charming Huangpu River.
Address: 8F, Super Brand Mall, No. 168, West Lujiazui Road, Pudong New Area
Operating hours: 10:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
Average cost per person: CNY 150 - 300
 
 Gu Yi Xiang Wei Nong
Chinese name: 古意湘味浓 (gǔ yì xiāng wèi nóng)
Specialties: This is a popular Hunan Cuisine restaurant serving Shanghai-styled Hunan dishes, which are more acceptable for the Shanghai locals and tourists from other places.
Operating hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
Average cost per person: CNY 85
Daan Branch: 2F, No. 66, Lane 999, Changshou Road, Putuo District (near Yuyao Road)
Fumin Branch: Suite A, 1F, Jufu Building, No. 89, Fumin Road, Jing'an District (near Julu Road)
 
 South Memory
Chinese name: 望湘园 (wàng xiāng yuán)
Specialties: This restaurant serves typical Hunan dishes with heavy hot and spicy taste. Sweet sauce of Shanghai Cuisine is added to some dishes however doesn't affect the authentic flavor. Double-Color Fish Head and shredded chicken are recommended.
Average cost per person: CNY 60 - 70
Hongyi Branch: 6F, Hongyi Plaza, No. 299, East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District (near Shandong Road)
Operating hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Weifang Road Branch: No. 118, Weifang Road, Pudong New Area
Operating hours: 10:30 - 14:00, 16:30 - 22:30

 Di Shui Dong
Chinese name: 滴水洞 (dī shuǐ dòng)
Specialties: Di Shui Dong is the name of a famous attraction in Shaoshan of Hunan, the hometown of Chairman Mao. The restaurant boasts the authentic Hunan dishes with hot and spicy flavor.
Average cost per person: CNY 60 - 80
Dongping Branch: B Tower, No. 5, Dongping Road, Xuhui District (near Yueyang Road)
Operating hours: 10:00 - 23:00
South Maoming Road Branch: 2F, No. 56, South Maoming Road, Huangpu District (near Changle Road)
Operating hours: 9:00 - 23:30
Xianxia Branch: No. 626, Xianxia Road, Changning District (near Shuicheng Road)
Operating hours: 10:00 - 22:00
 
 Xiang Yue
Chinese name: 湘悦 (xiāng yuè)
Specialties: This restaurant serves creative Hunan dishes with some Cantonese flavor. The excellent dining environment is sure to give you a pleasant experience.
Address: 5F, Peninsula Plaza, Shatian Building, No. 587, Changshou Road, Putuo District
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 16:30 - 22:00
Average cost per person: CNY 100
 
 Dong Ting Chun
Chinese name: 洞庭春 (dòng tíng chūn)
Specialties: It is said to be the earliest famous Hunan Cuisine restaurant in Shanghai. Dishes served here generally keep the salty and spicy style of traditional Hunan Cuisine.
Average cost per person: CNY 50 - 70
Xuhui Branch: No.50, Puhuitang Road, Xuhui District
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
Fudan Branch: 2F, No. 100, Handan Road, Yangpu District (near Fudan University)
Operating hours: 10:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
Century Avenue Branch: No. 178, Weifang Road, Pudong New Area (near Century Avenue)
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
Pudong Avenue Branch: No. 850, Pudong Avenue, Pudong New Area (near Yuanshen Road)
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
 
 Xi Xiang Ji Hunan Restaurant
Chinese name: 西湘记 (xī xiāng jì)
Specialties: Differing from other Hunan Cuisine restaurants serving traditional Hunan dishes, Xi Xiang Ji focuses on the distinctive and delicious dishes of western Hunan area. Most of the dishes are improved to suit the taste of the Shanghai locals. The fish head, duck and bean curd are highly recommended.
Average cost per person: CNY 60 - 70
Xuhui Branch: No. 407, Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District (near South Xiangyang Road)
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 21:30
Xianxia Branch: No. 573, Jianhe Road, Changning District (the intersection with West Xianxia Road)
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 24:00
Putuo Branch: No. 3612, North Zhongshan Road, Putuo District (opposite East China Normal University)
Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 22:00