Haozailai Henan Beef Stretched Noodles (好再来河南牛肉拉面), Shanghai, China (Food rating: 3/5)

by - Saturday, April 11, 2015



Located behind Nanjing East Road pedestrian street is a food paradise where you find many local Shanghainese cuisines and snacks. Along Guizhou Road, you will find a wide variety of food outlets from noodles to rice and even to street foods. We decided to try a food place called Haozailai Henan Beef Stretched Noodles (好再来河南牛肉拉面). Haozailai means "if good, come again". With great anticipation, we hope to try the authentic Chinese Beef Noodles.

What I like about this place was it was very authentic local food joint. Our table was just next to the single lane road and you could see cars passing us by. They were very close next to you. Somehow, I felt as if I blended to the local culture. 

All in all, we spent RMB 50 and it was absolutely worth it for that priceless experience. I will definitely come back again to eat these delicious, mouthwatering dishes. 

The Braised Beef Noodles (红烧牛肉面) (see above) was more delicious than the fried noodles. The broth tasted very much like the Indian Muslim Lamb soup (Kambing Soup). The soup has a lingering nice fragrance, noodles were chewy and the meat was absolutely tender. When you add all these up, this dish, I must say, is seriously good food. I wish I had more of these when I was there. Food rating: 3/5)

We ordered a fried noodles made from knife-carved noodles (刀削炒面). The noodles were chewy and fried with cabbage strips. However, the cabbage strips were a little raw. The taste was unique, yet delicious. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Separately, we ordered a piece of pork chop and a sunny-side-up egg. The 大排 or pork chop was very tender and the marinade was very delicious. Though it was served cold, the meat with the sauce was mouthwatering. Both of us were literally snatching the pork chop. We forgot that we could just order another piece without any fuss. Priced at RMB 7, I think that the pork chop was not only affordable but was also worth coming back again. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

The fried eggs (荷包蛋)were delicious and freshly prepared. Each egg cost RMB 2. We ordered one each. Although it was just a fried egg, you cannot forget the mouthwatering fragrance. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Finally, we had dumplings with white cabbage (水饺). The skin was thin and smooth and the fillings were freshly prepared. What I loved about this dish was that the cabbage in the dumplings gave the extra crunch to the entire dining experience. You may also add as much vinegar as you want. Unlike in Singapore, the vinegar in Shanghai was milder. (Food rating : 3/5)


A brief summary about Henan Cuisine
The cuisine is derived from the native cooking styles of Henan province, a cross between Jiangsu (seasonal to the four seasons) and Beijing (adopt many cooking methods) cuisines, The cuisine is thus very seasonable and taste lighter similar to that of Jiangsu cuisine, taste lighter than Beijing cuisine. Some characteristics of Henan cuisine include: Mutton and lamb are mainly served in soups, and pork is mostly used. The noodles utilises rice vermicelli, whis is mostly used in Southern Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines. (source: Wikipedia)

Address: Haozailai Henan Beef Stretched Noodles, 136 Guizhou Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China (上海市 黄浦区贵州路136号 )
Price: $
Rating: 3/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5

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