SCP Day 1

Today is the first day of school.
Lessons for the module D and Darien are taking is in the morning, from 840 AM to 1140 PM, comprising of a 2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial.
It’s a small class of just 10 students, and the lecturer, who is an Australian, is pretty flexible with how he conducts his lessons.
Of course, it isn’t just a 3-hour block of lesson, they do get their breaks in-between at the discretion of their lecturer.

J’s breakfast from Lillian Bakery:

The egg tarts are really awesome, possibly the best we’ve tasted! 😀

Written on the back of the sleeve for the egg tart, “Originated from Macau, Lillian Bakery has always been committed to produce what could possibly be the best Portugese egg tarts in Shanghai, and for years our egg tarts have been a favourite for all.

At Lillian, we always strive to innovate in the basis of our traditional recipes. In 2011, which marks our 10th anniversary, we proudly present our 2nd-generation products that combine culinary elements from all of Southern Europe, hoping to bring our patrons’ experience to a whole new level. Enjoy!

As said by Culinary Backstreets, “Lillian’s has a sign over the counter that timidly boasts in Mandarin: “Probably the best egg tarts in Shanghai.” One bite in, and you realize that’s sort of like Yao Ming saying, “I’m pretty good at basketball” or Meryl Streep saying, “I think I can pull off that accent.” Every time we visit one of this small local chain’s stores around the city, we’re always checking to see if the consistency is off, or if there’s a batch that came out a little burnt. But that’s the thing about Lillian’s, no matter whether it’s a small storefront or a café in a mall: these little treats are baked to perfection.

We bought the egg tarts yesterday from the Lillian Bakery outlet near Chifeng Road Metro Station (There’re 3 outlets within 50 meters of the metro station – 1 on level 2 of the station, 1 on level 1 of the station and 1 right beside the station) after dinner at Ajisen and we’re won over by them!

The aroma of the egg tarts fill the exit of the station and hence tempted us to take a look at what they had.
The custard is very rich and creamy while the pastry has a nice and crispy texture.
However, we think the custard may be a little too sweet, though it tastes just fine for a sweet-tooth like J! 😛

Hope you enjoy those egg tarts as much as we do! 😀

莉莲 (Lillian Bakery)
中国 (China)
上海 (Shanghai)
虹口区 (Hongkou District)
地铁三号线 (Metro Line 3)
赤峰路站2楼 (Chifeng Road Station, Level 2)

After school, we headed to 虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (Hongkou Plaza) which is a huge mall that’s 20-minutes walk from SISU Hotel (上外宾馆) OR a metro stop away from our nearest metro stop, 赤峰路站 (Chifeng Road Station).

虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (Hongkou Plaza) is a CapitaMalls Asia-mall, “Shopping malls in the portfolio include ION Orchard and Plaza Singapura – which are located in one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, Orchard Road – Raffles City Singapore and Clarke Quay in Singapore. Our landmark shopping malls in China are CapitaMall Crystal in Beijing, Hongkou Plaza in Shanghai and Raffles City Shanghai; and CapitaMall Jinniu in Chengdu. The portfolio also includes Gurney Plaza in Penang, Malaysia; Olinas Mall in Tokyo, Japan; as well as Forum Value Mall in Bangalore, India…”

A “smart” display that combines Christmas and New Year! 😉

Lunch was at 佳家汤包 (Jia Jia Tang Bao), ranked #5 in Shanghai.

From left to right in the photo: 蟹粉鲜肉汤包 (crab x pork dumplings), 鲜肉汤包 (pork dumplings – the ‘original’), 香菇鲜肉汤包 (mushroom x pork dumplings) and the huge 纯蟹粉汤包 (crab dumplings).
From CNN Travel, “These soup dumplings are delicately folded by a team of all-female chefs before getting whisked to the steamers and, finally, served piping hot to tables of eager patrons.

We had to wait awhile for our order but when served, the 小笼包s (Xiao Long Baos/soup-filled dumplings) were smokin’ hot and were freshly made!
Of course, the 小笼包s were superbly yummy!! 😀
J likes the Din Tai Fung-thin skin type, and the ones from 佳家汤包 (Jia Jia Tang Bao) are just like those but at a cheaper price with a greater variety. 😉

We enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back again! 😀
Simply because this is cheap but yummy and filling food, PLUS this outlet is so so so near SISU Hotel! 😉

Read Bee of Rasa Malaysia and you’ll find out how to (possibly) eat Xiao Long Bao.

Else, this is how we eat it, Din Tai Fung-style:

  1. Put some soy sauce and vinegar in the ginger dish (suggested ratio, 1 soy sauce : 3 vinegar).
  2. Take XLB and dip in the sauce – do try the original flavour first without any sauce!
  3. Place XLB in the spoon and poke a small hole to release the broth.
  4. Enjoy XLB with some ginger and the broth – be careful though, it’s still piping hot!

佳家汤包(虹口龙之梦店) (multiple locations)
中国 (China)
上海市 (Shanghai)
虹口区 (Hongkou District)
西江湾路388号 (388 West Jiangwan Rd)
虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (近虹口足球场) (Hongkou Plaza; near Hongkou Football Stadium)
B2楼67号 (B2-67)

After lunch, we decided to explore 虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (Hongkou Plaza) a little.

We left 佳家汤包 (Jia Jia Tang Bao) and the dishes from this shop caught our attention:

We explored Basement 2, the food level and were happy to find some goodies! 😛

莉莲 (Lillian) is here too, at B2-K24-26. 😉

Paris Baguette (巴黎贝甜) is here as well, at B2-73! 🙂

We thought of watching a movie at IMAX (Level 6), but the tickets were exorbitantly priced between RMB 90 (SGD 19) to RMB 130 (SGD 27)!
It’s so much more expensive than what we pay in Singapore or even Australia, there’s no way we’re catching a movie here!

We ended up at 神采飞扬 游乐公园 (Shen Cai Fei Yang Amusement Park, which we call ‘arcade’ in Singapore) (Level 5) after going through 8 levels of 虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (Hongkou Plaza).
The games are pretty cheap, at between RMB 1 to 2 (SGD 0.20 to 0.40) per game!

So… The guys played a few games…

The guys challenged themselves to a “work-out”… 😛

After all that gaming, we wanted to go grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks but it was too crowded, so we decided to check out this cozy looking cafe, 茶香书香 (Chastory) (B2-10), to chill at.
Grab a comfy seat at the tables:

Or at the tea-“bar”:


It’s not a very big place, but they’ve left bulk of the space for patrons and are pretty cramped up in their service area:

Feeling cold, the 2 guys got themselves a hot “pot” of tea while J got herself a cold tea.

J tried the 海岩茉莉花茶 (Jasmine Tea Cappuccino), which has a salty cream, intriguing but not something she’ll try again because she thinks it tastes weird; D likes it though…

There’s free WiFi, so everyone’s disconnected from reality and connected to the cyberworld!

We had a good afternoon at Chastory reading and chatting; we’ll be back another day for the guys to work on their projects – it’s much easier to work with WiFi than the unstable LAN we have at SISU Hotel! 😐

茶香书香 (Chastory) (multiple locations)
中国 (China)
上海市 (Shanghai)
虹口区 (Hongkou District)
西江湾路388号 (388 West Jiangwan Rd)
虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (近虹口足球场) (Hongkou Plaza; near Hongkou Football Stadium)
B2楼10号 (B2-10)

It was soon time for dinner, and we decided to check out 外婆家 (Grandma’s Home) which has an insanely long queue!
We were at 外婆家 (Grandma’s Home) at 6 PM and the waiting area outside was filled; we got a queue number and were told to wait up to 1 or 1.5 hour for our table.
While waiting, we went shopping at 家乐福 (Carrefour).

Murphy’s Irish Stout at RMB 22.80 (SGD 4.80) – we can only get such prices (2 for SGD 8.80) from the Duty Free Shop at Singapore Changi Airport when we return to Singapore.
We spent an hour window shopping at Carrefour, making mental notes of things we need to purchase after dinner.

When we returned to 外婆家, there was still a queue and it still was not our turn yet – we were told to wait another half an hour to an hour. 😐
We were hungry, too tired and perhaps lazy to go anywhere else to wait, so we settled down at the computer area and played some games.

There are couches (behind lady and to her left) for patrons-in-queue to wait at, but they were all full.

After waiting only another 10 minutes, our number was called!
Simply because the people with the other queue numbers in between were not around!! 😀

Definitely a very cozy restaurant that exudes the warmth of “Grandma’s Home”. 🙂

The menu:

Wide array of food!

We were not too sure what to order, so we used 大众点评 (Dian Ping) (kind of like Singapore’s HungryGoWhere) for some guidance.
The food did not take long to be served. 🙂

外婆红烧肉 (Grandma’s braised pork) [RMB 39 / SGD 8.20]:

The white pieces are salted fish, which adds an extra oomph to the braised meat. 😉

This braised meat is suuuuuuuper awesome!! Even J who usually doesn’t eat the fatty bits on meat loves it because those bits dissolve in the mouth! We are definitely coming back for more! 😀

They do not serve tea or water, so we ordered Lime Juice [RMB 16 / SGD 3.35] (for the guys) and HK-Style Milk Tea [RMB 15 / SGD 3.15] (for J):

烤肉炒饭 (Fried Rice) [RMB 18 / SGD 3.80]:

The rice didn’t leave an impression, it was kind of hard and bland but at least we’ve got other dishes to spice it up!

港式金针菇 (Enoki Mushroom in HK-style) [RMB 20 / SGD 4.20] :

Pretty tasty dish with good combination of celery (for crunch) and braised meat.

外婆烤肉 (Grandma’s special BBQ Pork) [RMB 29 / SGD 6.10] :

We regretted ordering this – it’s oily but not juicy; simply not nice; looks good but tastes bad! 😦

花枝招展 (Stir-fried cauliflower) [RMB 16 / SGD 3.35]:

Nothing much can go wrong with cauliflower – pretty tasty dish, cauliflower was soft yet crunchy.

We were quite full by now, but we still have our last dish of 麻婆豆腐 (Sichuan spicy tofu):

Again, nothing much can go wrong with such a dish! Anyway, we ordered it because it costs only RMB 3 (SGD 0.63)! 😛

Our bill came up to RMB 160 (SGD 34) for the spread above – pretty cheap for how much we ate! 😀

It was 830 PM by the time we were done with our meal and the waiting area outside was all cleared!

We’ll definitely be back again and by our next visit, we have a better idea what we would or would not order. 😉

外婆家 (Grandma’s Home) (multiple locations)
中国 (China)
上海市 (Shanghai)
虹口区 (Hongkou District)
西江湾路388号 (388 West Jiangwan Rd)
虹口凯德龙之梦购物中心 (近虹口足球场) (Hongkou Plaza; near Hongkou Football Stadium)
2楼8号 (02-08)


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