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Miss Ali, photo by UnTour Shanghai
September 7, 2016

Miss Ali: All About the Lamb

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Shanghai -- Fun fact: More than 70 percent of the meat eaten in China is pork. And while stuffing yourself with xiaolongbao and hongshao rou is a must when eating in Shanghai, it can be nice to have a respite at halal restaurants like Miss Ali.Read more
Shanghai -- Fun fact: More than 70 percent of the meat eaten in China is pork. And while stuffing yourself with xiaolongbao and hongshao rou is a must when eating in Shanghai, it can be nice to have a respite at halal restaurants like Miss Ali.

Yan Ali, the owner and namesake of the restaurant, arrived in Shanghai from Xinjiang – China’s predominantly Muslim province in the country’s far northwest, where she previously hosted TV shows. Ali didn’t like the way her native cuisine was often represented in Shanghai – with waiters robed in garish “costumes” and performing songs and dances from their region – and decided to create a more accurate representation of the restaurants of Xinjiang.
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Liu Family Harbin Dumplings, photo by UnTour Shanghai
Learn to make dumplings with us on our dumplings delight activity!
September 5, 2016

Liu Family Harbin Dumplings: Pot-to-Plate Dining

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Shanghai -- [Editor's note: We're sorry to report that Harbin Dumplings has closed.] Walk along just about any street in Shanghai these days, and you’ll see an ever-encroaching range of Western brands, standardized brand signage and food franchises. Read more
Xiaochi at Dong Zi Kou, a Chengdu "fly" restaurant, photo by UnTour Shanghai
July 27, 2016

CB on the Road: Chengdu's Fly Restaurants

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Shanghai -- When you’re in the capital of Sichuan province, snacking is a way of life. Noodles made of bracken, wheat, chickpeas, mung beans and more, as well as tofu puddings and dumplings, make up the city’s “small eats” (小吃, xiǎochī) scene, served from what’s colloquially known as “fly restaurants.” Read more