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In today's edition of Miss. Delicious, we'll be visiting a new creative restaurant in Xi'an, China called Huashen no.9. Other than serving some of the best food around, you'll also have the opportunity to take up their leisure and relaxation services. This combination of food, leisure and relaxation is quite unique to Asia and is rarely seen in the West.
In case you wondered what the name of the restaurant means, it is actually the same name as the famous Cafe de Flore from France.
For me, this establishment is more than just a restaurant, it's a Cafe, a Chinese restaurant, a Western restaurant, a game room and a Spa. Because of it's broad range of services, people come here for a variety of reasons. You could meet up with friends here for dinner, a drink, dessert. Because of it's luxury setting and decor, you could also hold business meetings with clients here and then afterwards, take them to the spa.
Because of Huashen's diverse service offerings, I've had the opportunity to visit quite a number of times. Of course, with several visits, I was able to try a variety of their dishes. The people there know me quite well because of how frequently I go!
So, I'll be sharing all of the foods i've had there from multiple visits, all in one post! Hope you're ready to wet your lips!
The restaurant uses an iPad app for it's menu. Ordering dishes is quick and easy.
Next up, the saliva inducing food. This restaurant takes it's food presentation quite seriously, which is not always a top priority for this style of food. I certainly welcome and appreciated effort! Most of their dishes will use petals, fruits and other colourful foods to ornament the final dish.
Here we have the Chinese Little Greens with Fungus Egg. The Chinese name for the vegetables is quite funny, directly translated, it means Chicken feather greens. I suspect the reason being that the greens looked like chicken feathers before cooking!
Simmered Beef Brisket. This is my favourite dish from this restaurant. I really like the deep red carrots that they've added. They add a touch of sweetness to the overall taste.
Crystal Iced Vegetables. This is a rather peculiar but very special dish. On the surface of the leaves, there are tiny see through bubble like droplets. You can pick them up with your chopsticks and soon realise that they are actually not droplets but actually part of the plants membrane. Under the sunlight, they glisten just like dewdrops. This is usually served as a cold dish so during the hot summer months, it's ever so refreshing!
This is Stir Fried Asparagus. I would say out of all the dishes, this one is presented the best. The taste is very fresh and free from too much unnecessary sauces. The texture is a bit crunchy, and almost tastes a little like cucumber.
String beans with stewed eggplant
Chinese chives with smoked beancurd. This dish is full of flavour and actually takes up very little stomach space. The chives are quite soft and yet it's herbal taste comes through very strongly. If you have have a closer look, you'll realise it's served in quite an atypically shaped plate. In fact, all of the dishes are served in unusual shaped plates.
Chilli Stir-Fried Beef
Home-made fried egg with tree fungus (wood ear).
Dried Meat. I'm usually quite a light flavoured eater, so with this being a bit salty and spicy, some plain white rice is in order.
Dried-Fried potato slices. Also one to go with plain white rice.
Knife shaved noodles with Beef. This is such a flavoursome and fragrant dish and can be eaten entirely on it's own as a main. The vegetables are cooked with the noodles in boiling water, whilst the beef is ever so tender. On the inner side of the bowl, you can see a poem. Not sure where the poem comes from but it's something you can enjoy whilst eating!
Pepper Pork Fried Udon
Stir Fried Chilli with Pork
Sweet and Sour Fish
Sticky rice pork wrapped in Lotus leaves
Stir fried pork kidneys with chilli
Stir fried Chiba beancurd
Hot and Numbing (Ma la) Hunan style stir fried pork
Boiled Okra (Ladies fingers) with Soy Sauce
Spicy fragrant deep fried popcorn chicken
Sea Urchin congee
Jellied Tofu Soup
Simmer fried pork chop
There's even sweetened Stewed Eggplant.
Meatball vegetable soup. The soup is light but certainly not lacking in flavour. The meatballs and fresh vegetables give the stockless soup a real aromatic flavour.
Fried green beans in Mala style. After frying these beans in shallow oil, they are stir-fried with Sichuan peppers. Excellent dish with some steamed white rice.
Stir fried cabbage with dried meat
Stir fried chilli peppers and celery with dried meat
Egg fried rice
There are various freshly squeezed fruit juices, cocktails and even Green tea match iced smoothies.
These are Pumpkin flavoured steamed buns which serve as dessert. They've made these in the shape of pumpkins!
Matcha green tea ice cream with waffles. If you feel like just having dessert, or a snack before the other activities, then this is a great choice.
There's also these bean paste buns made in the shape of flowers.
Fruit platter to top up that five a day!
The fish is kept live at the restaurant. Some of them look quite cute actually !
This is a Chinese salamander. They are still considered an endangered species, it's hard to believe that people could eat such a cute thing!
Obviously these gold fish are not to be eaten!
On to the Spa!
With such a wide range of food to choose from, you are simply spoilt for choice. After a visit to the restaurant part of this venue, you will no doubt be a very happy camper.
As I mentioned earlier, the venue also has other leisurely activities on offer. One of the most popular is a massage at the Spa.
The main style of massage you'll find here is Thai. All of the masseuses are from Thailand with many years of experience.
Below, you can see some of the high quality massage oils and other massage products which are used in your massage.
There are many rooms, each tailored for different group sizes, and different massage functions.
Inside, the room is very spacious and has an ambient nature soundtrack to ease you into comfort.
On each chair, you can see they've provided some silk clothes for you to change into. This will help you feel more comfortable and ready for the massage.
Time to relax and enjoy the massage!
Hope you enjoyed this rather large post about the multi-function Huanshen no.9 restaurant / game room / spa. If you're ever in Xi'an and need an evening of pure relaxation as well as some of the best selections of Chinese food, then this is your place!
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