spicy vegetable soup

Our First Real Meal in Shanghai

I wish I could tell you the name of this place, but I don’t know it… yet.

Something about spicy soup, I think. I’ll ask and let you know.

You see, after a grueling 37 hour trip from NYC, with our cat in tow, no less, all we had had to eat over the past two days had been airplane food, chips and instant noodles. So after we unpacked and took an unexpected, jetlag-induced nap, we ventured out around 10pm on Saturday night to find food. This was the only place in our new neighborhood still open…

It’s what I call a “choose your own adventure” restaurant, where they give you a basket and you pick which ingredients you want them to cook for you.

The protein selection here ranged from chicken to pork to fish balls to hot dogs to tofu…

The fresh vegetable and herb cooler was stocked pretty well, I must say…

All sorts of noodles to add in, mostly dried…

And a few “specialty” items, like liver and konyaku behind the counter…

Once you’ve filled your basket, you give it to the sole guy working there and he drops everything in a boiling bath of spicy broth…

After cooking, you’re also able to select a few final toppings for your bowl, like scallions, fresh pepper, chili paste and/or chopped garlic…

My mix-n-match meal…

I went with chicken gizzards, bacon, meatballs, bok choy and yuba…

With a thicker egg noodle…

We weren’t planning on ordering beer, but my wife asked for an extra scoop of their homemade chili paste and soon need a few cold brews to fight back the burn…

I’d never seen her sweat so much eating a meal before, but she loved every bite!

My bowl, which had more meat, cost three bucks, and Mutsumi’s veggie-heavy selection cost only two. Beers were 60 cents each.

Not sure of the exact address of this joint, but it’s on the same street as Tera Fitness behind the Central apartments in the old French Concession.

Nice to know we have a place like this just minutes from where we live!

masqueradcr  asked:

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9: What’s your favorite food?

I like a lot of Korean foods like ddeokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and yukgaejang (spicy beef and vegetable soup) but I also have a very strong love for Curries. Especially those that have coconut milk inside of them. Sooooo good! I don’t like coconut shavings or coconut milk itself, but I love it in curry? It just gives it a nice rich flavor. I have a real craving for it now that I talk about it. 

I really just love food that is spicy or full of spices. I also tend to really like salty foods as well. So if I’m given salty spicy food, then i’m very much sold.