Shanghai: Normandie Apartment

Wu Kang Mansion, formerly known as the Normandie Apartment in Shanghai, was built in 1924 by the I.S.S (International Savings Society) for western employees living in the foreign concessions during colonial times. The 8-storey French Renaissance architecture was designed by the renowned Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec, who has also designed many other landmarks in Shanghai […]

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Shanghainese Savory Turnip Pancakes

I’ve always preferred savory to sweet when it comes to snacks, and Fried Turnip Pie (油墩子) is a traditional street-food in Shanghai that reminds me of many childhood memories when I lived there. If you’ve been to Wu Kang Road in the Former French Concession (法租界), that’s where me and my friends used to hang […]

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Shanghainese Scallion Oil Noodles

A super humble, yummy, traditional, minimalist dish that is commonly served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Shanghai. Ingredients: scallions (Spring Onions) cut them into finger length Seasoning Measures: 1-2 tbsp Cooking Oil 1 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce 2 tbsp Light Soya Sauce 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce 1 tbsp Brown Sugar Adjust to your liking […]

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Shanghai Style Russian Borscht.

Back at #JessKitchen tonight with this soup that I learnt from my grandma since when I was little. If you were born in a 3-generation Shanghainese family, you will know how much the taste of it means to our childhood memories. It almost felt festive every time this was stewing in the kitchen, that it […]

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The Double-Seven Treats.

Despite the western Valentine’s Day on Feb 14th each year, the seventh day of July in Chinese Lunar Calendar is called Qi-Xi, a traditional festival to celebrate LOVE, originated from 2,600 years ago since the Han Dynasty. The story was an appreciation to the distant bonding between weaver fairy ZhiNv and a cowherd named NiuLang, […]

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