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Eating out: A real Asian experience

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Treat yourself to authentic Chinese cuisine at Shang Palace of Shangri-La Hotel, in the bustling Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru.

In a city full of Indian Chinese restaurants, it is hard to choose the perfect destination for authentic Chinese cuisine. Shang Palace of Shangri-La Hotel, in the bustling Vasanth Nagar area, is one place that promises a complete experience of Asian delights.

Kick off your meal appetisers such as the tangy Chinese cucumber salad and the spicy and sour combination of the Chongqing chilly chicken.

A starter that stands out is the roasted crispy pork belly. With a thin crunchy layer adorning the top, the moist, tender meat underneath is like heaven to your taste buds. The best accompaniment to the meat is a glass of red wine.

Don’t forget to try the dim-sums. While meat lovers can try the prawn har gau, a traditional Cantonese dim sum, veggies can dig into the vegetable crystal dumplings with a translucent outer layer of potato starch. The soup menu also has a lot to offer and the crab–meat soup with asparagus and egg-drops is an absolute must-try.

For the main course, the Hunan steam fish with soya sauce, ginger and spring onions is an easy and healthy dish to devour.

The soft and delicate rasa fish makes a perfect combination with the crisp pickled chillies. Nothing ever tastes as satisfying as the steamed fish with Yangzhou fried rice. The rice is soft and savoury and what makes it special is the fragrance and egg incense with the shrimps for meat lovers. The vegetarian version of the rice is served with stir-fried Chinese greens with a tinge of garlic and broccoli. The highlight is the Beijing duck. The sliced pieces of meat rolled in small pancakes with scallions and oyster sauce is prepared at the table. The crisp morsels fill the palette with their sweet taste. The adventurous can also try the Gongbao prawns with scorched chillies and crunchy peanuts served with a sweet-sour sauce.

For dessert, there are home-made ice-creams that come in three flavours – cinnamon, green tea and a blend of five spices.

Other favourites are the almond milk jelly served with papaya and green tea ice-cream, and the mixed fruit platter.

Wallet factor: Rs. 1,200 for two

Ambience: Spacious

Specialty: Beijing duck

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