Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Class Red Szechuan Restaurant, Shenzhen China

After 17 hours in Macau, we ferried to Hongkong then trained up to Shenzhen. My 2 weeks backpacking trip around China begins.

We have been to this grey skied metropolis before and since we had only a night to spare, we ate and stayed at the same places as our previous trip (not blogged about) to save time.

Arriving with growling tummies screaming for dinner, (more like supper since it was almost 11pm!) we were picked up by our accommodation center, checked in our bags there and almost ran over to this restaurant.
Chinese characters read 'Yi-ping-hung-chuan-chye'. So, how's accurate is my personal translation titled above?

Chinese Herbal Tea and Santan Juice. Yup. Somehow the latter has a big market in Hongkong and China. Give me the coconut water anytime but coconut milk to quench thirst? Kinda ewws factor to me.
Sliced Cucumber in Chili Oil - an oily cold dish
Spicy Skewered Shrimps. Best when hot, very oily when cold.
Cabbage stirfried with Dried Chili. Best when hot, very oily when cold
Spicy Pig Intestines. The pales are the chewy parts, red and green are chilies. Best when hot, (everybody together now) very oily when cold.
My ultimate favourite of the meal - Cured Century Eggs. This is a big deal as I'm no fan of our locally sourced century eggs in black. These are so different in colour, taste and texture especially the yolk.Not a hint of the abhorrent ammonia-like smell. Best to eat with the vinegar cured green chili. Oh how I miss it!
Cannot recall name of the herbal soup. Bill in Chinese so no help to me.
Bill:- A very reasonable RM75.00 with rice to feed 4.
Address on bill:- For those as banana as moi, maybe bring a print out of this picture?
So anyone caught that I did not mention hotel but accommodation center? Curious? Shenzhen is the land of cheap personal pampering so to maximise our short stay, we overnighted at a massage center!

Introducing the Royal Leisure and Elegance Fairyland.
Just book a minimum 4 hours service and they'll provide you a room to sleep in. We only did 3 hours each (1 hour foot reflexology and 2 hours body massage) so they put us in individual cubicles of about 7ft by 3ft fitted with reasonably comfortable mattress. I know it's hard to imagine but pity, I was too tired to grab my camera from the locker room which was on another side of the building.
All that cost me about RM170 inclusive of generous tips to the masseurs and towel ladies. Ahhh it's good to be able to afford good pampering.


Selba said...

The food looks good... oh, I've tried the herbal tea in the can last year. Found it in one of those chinese import stuff shop and my friend went so crazy to find it.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah really oily to the max!

ai wei said...

i didn't try the massage on my last visit. was they good??? or mayb i should go directly to this place

sc said...

hahhaha i like the 'best when hot, very oily when cold'. nearly all the dishes were oily ya? keke

CUMI & CIKI said...

4hours min! but 3 hrs at 170 is very cheap la..;)

backStreetGluttons said...

How exciting and freedom packed !
in a land not home

Tummythoz said...

Selba, it's not available in eating outlets over here in M'sia but can easily get them from most supermarkets or sundry shops.

NJoe & sc, can almost feel that spicy liquid swooshing in tummy after meals.

ai wei, quite good. Customers get to choose the masseurs made up of mostly boys & girls in their 20s.

cumi&ciki, need not do 4 hours straight. Can split up the hours and rest in between services. Actually very easy to pass the hours esp when sitted on their sofas that is similar to those available in 1st class aircrafts with personal LCD screens to surf TV prog.

backStreetGluttons, where things are cheap without govt controlled prices.

Precious Pea said...

LOL!!! Now I know why we should eat our food hot...cos it will get oily when cold! LOL!

Hazza said...

so much chilli! but looked great! Btw, we have that herbal drink here in chinatown. my son loves it!

Life for Beginners said...

Santan juice? Sounds like some juvenile pseudo-porn humour, tee hee.

...uhm, so did you have some? :P

Tummythoz said...

Precious Pea, the oil don't drip. Every plate poured.

Hazza, the drink is good.

Life for Beginners, I stole a sip. Doubt there's a market for diluted sweet santan drink. Rather have that in my kaya and curries.

jason said...

Even if you don't mention you're in China, by just looking at the dishes, we already know it's Chinese!

Tummythoz said...

jason, u shd know. Afterall u seem to be quite a regular there! =)

thenomadGourmand said...

Aiyoo.. the food so "China " man!
I dunno la..i been to shenzhen and some north China (near Tibet) cos i took a package tour 4 yrs back..all i rmbr was bland oily food.
Thk god our entourage frm Msia bought chilli padi along!

Tummythoz said...

thenomadGourmand, been told some tourguides will even bring tomato & chilli sauce!

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