Lao Shanghai

★★★★☆

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Food
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Shanghainese food is God's gift to Westerners' bowels. The Chinese love of oils is still prevalent in the coastal food, but less of the spice from Sichuanese food and less of the fatty meat (and intestines!) from northern food. Like its cousin Lao Beijing and father Lao Szechuan, the actual regional cuisine is limited to the front the menu, with more Americanized favorites and national cuisine filling out the rest.

The Xiaolong bao (or dragon dumplings or whatever the menu calls them) are as close to the real thing as can be found in Chicago. They are not perfect, but they are not stricken by the doughy gooeyness which so often afflicts American attempts to recreate these little soupy dumplings. The highlights include the sanxian jiding, a wonderfully light dish including chicken, peas, and bamboo, and the braised pork belly, which, though consisting of pure, glistening fat, will make you feel light as air.

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Shanghainese food is God's gift to Westerners' bowels. The Chinese love of oils is still prevalent in the coastal food, but less of the spice from Sichuanese food and less of the fatty meat (and intestines!) from northern food. Like its cousin Lao Beijing and father Lao Szechuan, the actual regional cuisine is limited to the front the menu, with more Americanized favorites and national cuisine filling out the rest.

The Xiaolong bao (or dragon dumplings or whatever the menu calls them) are as close to the real thing as can be found in Chicago. They are not perfect, but they are not stricken by the doughy gooeyness which so often afflicts American attempts to recreate these little soupy dumplings. The highlights include the sanxian jiding, a wonderfully light dish including chicken, peas, and bamboo, and the braised pork belly, which, though consisting of pure, glistening fat, will make you feel light as air.

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