I apologize for the late post, but I could not bear to not write about one of the essential fall experiences in Shanghai: the Shanghai crab! Since my family will most likely be moving to Seoul next year, I wanted to cherish this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Treat yoself.
Getting to the restaurant was a little bit tricky, because there is a hotel named Wangbaohe, and a separate restaurant with the same name. Once we took a seat, the waiter brought us iPads with the menu on it. We ordered some of their popular delicacies!
We ordered two dishes or fried crab meat, which is one of their signature dishes. Oh my goodness. This tasted absolutely amazing. I could eat it forever. The savory and soft crab meat just melts right in your mouth leaving the most delicious flavor. I thought the carrots decorated to look like claws were the cutest things (and they were actually quite tasty…was I not supposed to eat them? oops)! The crab meat that came in the orange had a slightly citrus scent, which actually deepens the flavor in my opinion.
Next is more crab — Sautéed Crab Claws with Asparagus! When I first saw this dish I thought the veggies were cucumbers because the asparagus was cut in such a way that you can’t really see the spearheads.
I’ve always been a lover of dumplings. And I have to say I actually like these crab meat xiaolongbao better than the normal pork ones…!! They have perfectly tasty hot soup steaming inside the bun. (Eating pork tends to make me feel a bit bloaty)
Necessary closeup shot! I thought I had converted from xiaolongbao to pan-fried shengjianbao…but these were just too good. They should make crab meat shengjianbao!
After that, we ordered two of the classic Shanghai crab, and while we were waiting, we had two of the dishes that the waiter had recommended.
The first one was a shrimp dish. From the menu it simply looked like shrimp, but it actually had crab meat all over…mmmmm. The shrimp was nevertheless delicious and quite big as well.
The second one was pan-fried crab with cheese in shell — the cheese-crab combination was just amazing.
And finally, behold the Shanghai crab! These delicious creatures are served hot with herbal water to rinse your hands in (so your hands don’t smell fishy afterwards) as well as little metal toothpick-like forks so optimize your crab meat acquisition, mahaha.
After chomping down all of these tasty dishes, we finally ended our long meal with a meat cake for dessert. I’m not a big fan of savory dessert, and these were a little too oily and filmy for my taste, but it was a nice way to finish off a meal.
Yes, I would never have visited if I hadn’t gone with my family ($$$$), but the crab meat was so delicious that it made me want to go catch my own crabs to cook. It you’re looking for a great way to splurge on a classic Shanghai foodventure, check out locations, hours, and the menu at
Wang Bao He Restaurant (website here)