Chinese Restaurants - Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese (Yue) cuisine comes from Guangdong Province in Southern China, or specifically from Guangzhou (Canton). Of all the regional varieties of Chinese cuisine, Cantonese is the best known outside China; most 'Chinese restaurants' in Western countries serve authentic Cantonese cuisine and dishes based on it. Its prominence outside China is due to its palatability to Westerners and the great numbers of early emigrants from Guangdong. In China, too, it enjoys great prestige among the eight great traditions of Chinese cuisine, and Cantonese chefs are highly sought after throughout the country. Cantonese cuisine draws upon a great diversity of ingredients, Guangzhou (Canton) being a great trading port since the days of the Thirteen Factories, bringing it many imported foods and ingredients. Besides pork, beef, and chicken, Cantonese cuisine incorporates almost all edible meats, including organ meats, chicken feet, duck and duck tongues, snakes, and snails. Many cooking methods are used, steaming, stir-frying, shallow frying, double boiling, braising, and deep-frying being the most common ones in Cantonese restaurants, due to their convenience and rapidity, and their ability to bring out the flavor of the freshest ingredients. For many traditional Cantonese cooks, spices should be used in modest amounts to avoid overwhelming the flavors of the primary ingredients, and these primary ingredients in turn should be at the peak of their freshness and quality. Interestingly, there is no widespread use of fresh herbs in Cantonese cooking (and most other regional Chinese cuisines in fact), contrasting with the liberal usage seen in European cuisines and other Asian cuisines such as Thai or Vietnamese. Garlic chives and coriander leaves are notable exceptions, although the latter tends to be a mere garnish in most dishes.

Crystal Jade Restaurant

This international chain adapts to Shanghainese and Cantonese food, offering a great, cheap seven course set meal for around RMB 70 per person.

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Hang Yuen Hin

When the lights are on, you can see this 350-seat, three-story restaurant from anywhere in Xujiahui Park. Inside, the menu is equally impressive (and large), offering more than 300 dishes.

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Hengshan Cafe

Hengshan Cafe just south of Gaoan Rd on West side of street. Consistantly decent HK styled foods. Service is reasonable. Original restaurant of what is now a small chain. It seems to be busy all the time, diners have to book at first.

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Shen Yue Xuan

Nestled in the sprawling Ding Xiang Hua Yuan, this is usually one of the best bets for Cantonese dim sum, albeit with inattentive and apathetic service.

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Tan Wai Lou

With the swankiest address in town, Tan Wai Lou attracts a high - end crowd with its "New Chinese Cuisine".

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Fontainbleau Cafe

The latest addition to the Bellagio chain of Taiwanese restaurants, Fountainbleau serves various Chinese regional delicacies in a slick, ableit slightly cheesy setting.

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Grandma`s Kitchen

Served in simple suroundings, Cantonese soups are grandma`s forte. There are several options listed with their respective nutritional or cosmetic functions.

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Gui Hua Lou

Enjoy some of Shanghai`s best Sichuanese, Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine served with the Shangri-la`s usual impeccable service.

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Hou Jie

This lavishly decorated eatery serves up unispired Cantonese standards.

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Jade Garden Cafe

This is a good, affordable option for a late night snack or lunch if you stick to the decent dim sum and barbecued meats.

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