Category Archives: Szechuan

South Beauty 881 俏江南881会所 – Shanghai

After a disastrous meal at South Beauty STEAM, we weren’t going to eat at South Beauty again. However, a family friend persuaded us to give the South Beauty flagship a try and helped us reserve a private room and pre-order the dishes.

The flagship restaurant is in a colonial-styles house right by the Yan’an elevated highway and across from the Russian-style Shanghai exhibition centre.

We had our own dining room and the 3 of us sat in a table for 10!  Everyone chooses their own tea and you pick your tea from a long scroll of different tea names!

South Beauty serves mainly Szechuan dishes, so the dishes picked were non-spicy or just slightly spicy.

Thinly sliced pork and shredded carrots with home made sauce…. the pork by itself was tasteless.. so you need to add the spicy sauce… It’s like the Peking duck wrap except for this, you use the pork to wrap the veggies..

Indian lettuce mixed with peanut butter and sesame paste… very refreshing!

fish lips soup… the soup wasn’t served hot 😦

home made crispy chicken…. crispy skin and tender chicken meat….


Deep-fried Mandarin Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce…. this was so good! The fish bone was removed and the meat was everted.. so I had spoonfuls of fish meat! The sauce was the perfect balance between sweet and sour.

And for the South Beauty special dish… fried sliced beef with stones in hot oil…the beef is fried beside your table…

and tada!

apparently, it’s a Mongolian specialty.. and it’s quite spicy…

The dishes we ate were pretty interesting and delicious.  Thanks to our family friend, we didn’t have a minimum charge for the private room and got a 10% discount! Despite the discount, the meal was still very expensive…..Next time, I’d rather stick with Jesse!


South Beauty 881 俏江南881会所

881 Yan’an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu (opposite Shanghai Exhibition Center)
延安中路881号, 近同仁路

Tel: 6247 5878

Da Ping Huo 大平伙 – Hong Kong

last week, we were planning a birthday dinner for 2 of our friends and my friend suggested we try Da Ping Huo (大平伙), a Szechuan private kitchen..

i was kinda iffy about it cause I don’t eat spicy food but to add to my gastronomic adventures, I had to keep an open mind (and taste buds)…

the interior was very stylish.. the minimalist industrial chic type… and had a lot of contemporary art on the walls ..

we got there around 9ish and i was hungry!

appetizer!  szechuan salad???? it was a little bit spicy

another appetizer.. cucumbers with sweet and sour sauce.. yay! a non-spicy dish and it was refreshing.. (they serve alternate dishes of spicy and non-spicy and the dishes increase in spicy levels!)

last appetizer! jelly noodles with chili and soy nuts…this wasn’t really spicy cause and i only had the noodle..

saliva chicken? kou shui ji?  it’s chicken with peanuts..despite its name.. this is really good! i think it’s one of my favourite dishes of the night! it wasn’t spicy at all! the chicken was tender and had this really sweet taste to it!

chicken vegetable soup? even though i just had it last night.. i kinda forgot what i had :~ not that it’s forgettable… the taste’s unforgettable.. it was soothing for my tastebuds… and very flavourful

braised chilli beef brisket…i think it’s supposed to be really spicy.. but i took the piece that wasn’t immersed in the spicy sauce.. so i could still eat it (with a lot of rice).. the brisket was really really tender

prawns! not spicy!! fresh!

Mapo dofu.. this was the spiciest dish of the night.. look at how red it is! i only had a tiny bit of the tofu and it was soooo hot… i felt like a dragon…

glutinous rice with ribs and yam..interesting combination (the ribs were covered with glutinous rice) and the yam was really sweet.. not spicy!

vegetable soup… perfect to cool off the fire in my mouth..very qing (clear) and soothing

dumplings.. looks may be deceiving.. this is not spicy! the sauce is quite nice..

tofu tapioca -like dessert… served chilled… perfect ending to the rather spicy dinner!

and after dinner, the chef’/owner came out to give an opera performance! no kidding! she  sang a chinese song and was really good…i thought the glasses would shatter..

i’m glad that i tried Da Ping Huo … even though i couldn’t really stomach the chilli and appreciate the spiciness, i thought the non-spicy dishes were delicious and inventive!


Da Ping Huo 大平伙

L/G, Hilltop Plaza

49 Hollywood Rd., Central

Tel: (852) 2559 1317