Week 51, this is the second post in my “Mission: Lunch” series, which will showcase some of the lunches I have had the [mis]fortune of having.
First up was “the spiciest thing on our menu”, a hot beef noodle to which I added some Chinese cabbage at Ajisen Ramen, a Japanese restaurant located in the Infiniti Mall on Huai Hai Road (*update* just found out via wikipedia, that they have over 86 locations in Shanghai alone!)… good stuff (but not spicy enough for me!).
Second and third up are from the company hot spot, where we take new colleagues for their first lunch, definitely a good spot. A Hunan-style restuarant located just around the corner of the office on Yunnan Road (south of Huai Hai Road). Their spicy string beans are mighty good, although I am biased as this is one of my favorite dishes (picture #2). Image #3 shows roughly 2/3′s of the dishes from that day… which included bullfrog (square dish), 2 varieties of tofu dishes (one with shredded pork that was amazing), cabbages, pork, chicken, normal eggs and quail eggs.
The last image is of a pickled pepper sort (very unlike the ones you can find in the US which have no spice-factor whatsoever), from a hot pot spot that were so damn tasty I just had to snap a shot. I was with 2 other guys, and we held a little contest to see how many we could each eat. Contestant #1 had zero (0). Contestant #2 had three (3). While contestant #3 had six (6).
I’ll let you decide which one was me.
Later that evening [after the spicy peppers] I finally knocked in my first 8-ball off a break… which I have been trying to do for years. Yes, it was a good day…. yay me!