Shanghai enjoys a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, and numerous restaurants have sprung up here specializing in almost all of China’s regional cuisines, like Beijing cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Cantonese cuisine, Suzhou Cuisine as well as Shanghai local dishes. In addition, even more exotic flavors from all over the world are available here, and one could say that all kinds of Yangtze River cruises fast food in China first appear in Shanghai. Here the highly recommended restaurants are 1221 Restaurant, New Bund Restaurant, Taihu Boat Cuisine as well as Shanghai Classical Hotel, etc.
Pear candy has been around for over 2,300 years, since the Tang Dynasty. The Prime Minister Weizhen's mother got sick, and was afraid to take medicine. Her son did not know what to do. One of the emperor's doctors decided to help. He took herbal medicine and condensed it. He then mixed it with pear juice and sugar. This mixture being sweet and delicious made it easy for the mother to take. From then on, the doctor used this technique to cure people of their chills or cough. It was used exclusively by the Shanghai tours Imperial household for over one hundred years until the technique leaked out to the general public. This medicine is still being produced, and because it is so delicious, it is called candy. The ingredients in Pear Candy have remained relatively unchanged for over 2,000 years. The candy today is still used to relieve cough and asthma, act as expectorant and work up people's appetites. The Shanghai Pear Candy Store is the exclusive retailer for Pear Candy. It is located in the Yu Garden Shopping Center.
For traditional Shanghai cuisine, visitors are recommended to visit the Maylinge Restaurant, the Zun Pin Shao Cai Gong Fang Restaurant (near Jing An Temple), and the Paul Restaurant. Their most popular dishes are: Braised Yellow Croaker with Potherb Mustard, Pork Chop with Sour Plum and Puree of Lima-beans. In these restaurants, visitors can experience Shanghai tour real Shanghai local dishes.
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