Tonight Louis and I decided to go to his favorite (Boston) Chinese restaurant for dinner: Shanghai Gate. Having recently just come back from Taiwan, you'd think that he'd be all Chinese-food'ed-out, but luckily he wasn't, especially since I'm of the opinion that soup dumplings are the perfect meal for snowy days like today.
When you really sit down and consider it, you come to the realization that there are approx 2.5 billion people in the world who eat Chinese food for every meal of all 365 days of the year, so maybe Chinese-food'ed-out is a condition that my people are immune to.
Regardless, for starters we got the Shanghai soup dumplings: (these dumplings were stingy on the soup, but fantastic in flavor. The skin was a bit thick, but the filling was very yummy)
...and the "Lion's Head" beef meatball: this meatball was the size of my fist, so one was definitely enough to share
Louis was super hungry, so we also got the winter melon soup: (the soup had little bacon slices that were the best part)
For entrees we ordered the Shanghai fish slices: white fish marinated in wine and stir-fried with ginger and wood-ear mushrooms. This was probably my favorite dish of the night. The wine sauce had a hint of sweet, and the aroma of the wine was very much present, but without being overpowering
In the end we had so much food that there were plenty of left-overs for both Louis' lunch and dinner tomorrow. While they're usually quite generous with portion sizes, Chinese restaurants unfortunately aren't great about desserts, so when I got home I had to satisfy myself with grocery store sugar cookies instead
Overall rating: 7/10
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