Ding Te Le, Shanghai

When pondering lunch options at the office, we need to take into consideration that rainy season has started here in Asia, so these days we find ourselves going out a bit less and ordering in more. Which is really not a problem as delivery services in Shanghai are top-notch and we can get pretty much anything brought right to our door. As a native Shanghainese, my friend Snowing has been advising on all kinds of nearby restaurants which I’ve been happy to explore, like Ding Te Le.

Here, Snowing advised I go with two of their most noted dishes. First up was a Shanghai-style pork chop…

Served with a sweet soy sauce, this is the pork chop that comes closest in taste to the memory of her grandparents’ recipe, she told me! And I loved every bite!!

Next she ordered something I’d normally pass over on a menu, but a dish that’s now become one of the best things I’ve eaten all year, congee with shrimp and worm grass…

It looked deceivingly simple, but the flavors in every bite were so complex…

Especially when you scooped up a spoon full of succulent shrimp…

When I can get take-out food of this quality, I don’t mind eating at my desk!

DING TE LE

Working on getting the address now…

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Check it out! Caught a shrimp zooming out of its molt! 

Apologies for the lost focus at parts - I had no idea what was going on and I had to tap to record really quick.

The tiniest of traveling companions: Here, a small school of fish (and even a tiny shrimp!) hitch a ride through the blue with a jellyfish in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

 Some juvenile fish can live amidst a jelly’s tentacles without being harmed. In doing so, they gain protection from predators and the opportunity to feed on the jelly’s leftovers. Plus, they gain a new buddy to swim with! 

(Photo: Greg McFall/NOAA)