Miss. Delicious #60 : Xi'an's very own Café de Flore with a twist and then some!

in food •  2 years ago

Dear Steemit Friends:

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!

Let's begin.

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.

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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.

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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

Steamed Fish*

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


Seafood soup


Jellied Tofu Soup

Simmer fried pork chop

There's even sweetened Stewed Eggplant.

Panfried fish

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!

As always, I appreciate your upvotes, follows and comments!


今天我想带大家去探索一家中国创新的餐厅模式, 这是一家集休闲娱乐美食于一体的餐厅,可以说是亚洲特色吧,在别的国家很少见到.这家餐厅的名字叫做花神9号,名字的来源是源于法国著名的咖啡馆。这家餐厅对于我来说,既是咖啡馆,又是家常菜餐厅,是西餐厅,也是棋牌室,还是spa会所,来到这家餐厅给我的感受,是可以在同一个地方享受到全方位的服务,对于约朋友见面,和同事谈生意,接待客人都是很好的选择。

有一段时间,我经常和朋友去这家餐厅,所以有机会品尝到了这家餐厅大部分的菜系,所以我也算是这家餐厅的超级吃货,今天我想把它们一起分享给大家,今天大家可能会吃撑了。这家餐厅选菜很方便,可以用ipad在线选菜。接下来赶快看看这些诱人的菜,开始我们今天的美食旅程吧!这家餐厅很注重盘子上的艺术,都会用花瓣,水果和带颜色的糖浆绘画,装饰。上汤菌蛋鸡毛菜,吃起来菜叶很嫩,加了玉米,菌类,用高汤澳制成的,味道鲜美。红烧牛腩,这是我在这家餐厅最喜欢的菜了,放了鲜红的胡萝卜,吃起来它带一点甜味。水晶冰菜是一道非常有特点的菜,它的叶面生有大量泡状细胞,里面填充着液体,在太阳看起来就像结着水珠和冰晶一样,所以才叫水晶冰菜。如果作为凉菜,也会把冰菜用冰块冻起来,所以吃起来口感确实非常凉爽。这个清炒芦笋是我觉得这家餐厅摆盘最漂亮的菜了,芦笋也很新鲜,吃起来很脆。豆角烧茄子。韭菜香干,不仅味道美味,也许你有注意到,这家餐厅的餐盘都是异形的,很有艺术的美感。辣椒炒牛肉。青椒农家鸡蛋炒木耳。腊肉,我的口味比较清淡,不太能吃辣椒,所以吃这种菜系的时候都会必备白米饭。干扁土豆,也是我认为最下饭的菜。牛肉刀削面,吃起来非常香。碗边上刻着古诗词,边吃饭边享受。干扁豆角,也是带着麻辣口味的,非常下饭。包菜炒腊肉。辣椒炒腊肉和菌。各种果汁,鸡尾酒,抹茶冰杀。甜品有南瓜包,形状作的好像。抹茶冰激淋华夫饼。还有做成花朵的豆沙包。水果拼盘。餐厅里可爱的鱼。

下面吃饱喝足了再跟我走近spa的房间去看一看吧!这家主要以泰式按摩为主。下面是他们用的一些产品。走进房间,非常温馨。他们还提供专用的衣服,让客人换上更舒服。接下来就是享受时间啦。希望大家喜欢我今天的美食文章,之后还有更多有特色的餐厅在等着我们。

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Hello you are pretty. I really like the stir fry beef and they are really nice blending together. I will find a receipy online and see if i could top that. Happy friday ~ thank you.


我明天也弄个小背心:)

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记得拍个照传给大家看看哦!

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甜心妹妹拍照收获一堆好评
我拍照发上来会不会被大家踩死,想想就觉得害怕:)

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不会啦,期待o哥的照片^ ^

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坚决不上当:)
哈哈

Xi an looks like an interesting place. I have not been to Xi an, but had been to Sichuan, not sure if they are close to each other lol. The reason I was mentioning Sichuan because the dried meat dish from your picture there. Is the dried meat dish a dish from Sichuan or Xi an? Anyways, thanks for your sharing

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It's originally from Sichuan!

Tastiest looking post so far!

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thanks transisto! With so many dishes, you must have one that stands out to you?

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I'd start with this one

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Good choice! It's very spicy though.. hope you can hold your spice!

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I´ll be with you! Would start with the same

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hot and numbing? I hope your tongue was okay :D
am drooling now - for that asparagus and the desserts and all that food
how could you eat this much and yet never get a bulging tummy ?

Chinese salamander reminded me of an axolotl:

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That looks so cute! Is that a kind of salamander too?

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Actually, yes, it's also called the Mexican Salamander or "walking fish". This one looks a bit more like the guy you spotted:

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These creatures are so cute! I really want one!

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They are an uncommon, somewhat exotic pet. But, you could get lucky and find 3 next to a dumpster aquarium, like this couple in Washington State:

https://www.littlethings.com/axolotls-rescue-broken-tank/

Flossin' that Cryptobloggin' Gear! 'til The Hubs Rub Boss Lady! Mad Respect! I heart the way you get down! Keep up that sweet content! :)

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Thanks! I love the way you put that! Of course, more sweet content coming!

This post received a 35% upvote from @randowhale thanks to @sweetsssj! For more information, click here!

All meals looks delicious! Especially Pepper Pork Fried Udon <3

Looks delicious as usual ;-) Enjoy your stay there! Upvoted!

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Thanks ! Another idea for Xi'an if you decide to visit!

You are making me hungry :)

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That's my goal!

What's nice blog!

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Thank you!

Stunning photos!

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wow.. that was fast! You are a speed reader!

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Very beautiful food and pictures.

Wow..Nice post...food look so tasty and like to eat my dear friend @Miss. Delicious...Upvoted

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Don't try eat it all at once though! Mini bites, like squirrel!

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Sure...can't eat all at once...I will invite my all villagers to eat..

The food looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the photos. @autonomysystem

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You're welcome!

Shanghai is really good for this kinda luxury delight... but I really gotta learn to make stuff like this, so I don't have to keep looking on in envy...

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Thankfully, most of the dishes are not hard to learn!

This is a quality post. The pictures have been touched professionally, the lighting is very good. love your posts.
checkout my trip.
https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@pratickr/trip-to-stonehenge-uk

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Thank you patrick, lovely post you have there. I haven't been to stonehenge before, it looks like it has quite the story behind it!

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ahhh... thx for checking it out. Stonehenge is a great place and no body know the story behind the stones and thats what is so fascinating. :)

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Its fascinating how people at the time could move such heavy rocks so far..

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Thats is what attracted me to the place and It was only after going there I realized how odd these rocks were compared to the surrounding area. Blows my mind when I think about who why and how they made this and more importantly why that place? :)
The more you dig, bigger the whole you create for yourself. ;)
You should do your next visit there. :)

Absolutely wonderful!

You always post great content, and this is so well put together.

Photos are stunning. I would love to visit sometime!

Thanks so much for sharing!

😍😍😍😍😍

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Thanks mikev! You're very welcome!

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:) You are quite welcome!

Have you ever posted of anywhere in the US?

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I actually haven't spent much time on that side of the world yet, but I do have my Visa ready, so when I get the chance, it's definitely happening!

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You definitely should! :)

Very interesting, nice and tasty, thank you

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You're welcome! Time to seek out these dishes to eat for yourself!

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Thank you @sweetsssj. I read your posts and I really like them

Extraordinary hard work, what is done very well, I am touched very much by sharing this very valuable information.

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thanks gavvett; you're very kind!

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Both you and @sweetsssj are also good

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The tofu soup and beef brisket are making my mouth water! Looks delicious :D

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Both are very healthy too, perfect for a fit girl like yourself!

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haha love it!! :)

Sacré bleu! This is certainly not how I remember Cafe de Flore, lol! Although, it would have been much more pleasant to order my coffees from an iPad rather than my less than curt waiter.

And now that I think about it, a foot massage while people watching on the boulevard would've been heaven sent! Not bad ideas...

Huashen no.9 seems fascinating and your posts truly inspire! And thank you @sweetsssj for reminding me to mention Cafe de Flore in one of my upcoming Paris posts. If you hadn't mentioned it I probably would have forgotten!

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Ahaha, it's the Chinese twist.

I really look forward to seeing your post about Cafe de Flore. Don't forget to tag me!

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I'll be sure to!

we all need a little relaxation Lovely @sweetsssj check out my last 2 post i thought you might like them!

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thank you adrian, and yes I'll have a look at your new posts :)

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Your the best!

It looks like the kind of location you would not want to leave! The services seem to be very anchored by the demands of the times we live. It's amazing!😋

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You are right, and that's precisely the reason I keep going back!

You make my cup noodles felt ashamed...

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I eat cup noodles all the time(I just don't write about it)! They are my night time saviour!

Fantastic!

You have a good photographer.

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thank you!

Tasty Article and Beautiful Pictures
upvote from my side and thank you for sharing @sweetsssj

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Thank you very much!

好吃!

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谢谢啦~~

resteeemed!

Nice Posting! Just upvoted and followed you, can you please do the same for me?
Thanks a million!

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Thank you, i'll check your blog out!

Wow everything looks so delicious

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It's a whole lot of delicious food that's for sure!

让中文区在steemit日益壮大吧(♡˙︶˙♡)

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是的,大家要多发中文噢:)

You are so beautiful
你很美

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I'm flattered!

Omg you give me watermouth @sweetssj and from the last picture, you look very satisfaction. :)

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haha, yes you are right, I'm always up for making people drool !! After a meal like that, it was so nice to relax with some very good authentic Thai massage.

Awesome, i wish could be with this time,
Resteemed thanks @sweetsssj

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Thanks viralcutz

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@sweetsssj please also have a look my travel blog, and share some tips, might be one day we are on same trip and write about on steemit
https://steemit.com/travel/@viralcutz/trip-to-thailand-why-to-visit-thailand-a-best-travel-guide-before-visiting-thailand

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Terrific post, thank you!

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Thanks @sweetssj, so where next you are taking us in your next upcoming post? i am much exited and waiting.

Cool...
U write a lot.
And both in chinese and eng.

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Thank you, it does take a really long time! Sometimes I just go with English since that seems to be more universal here.

U make hungry @sweetsssj. It's place is not crowded and comfortable. Amazing china

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Yeah I actually really like how it's not very busy there. Strange because it's very affordable. Maybe I might start seeing some of you there after this post though!

Great posts as always:) a new follower here!

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Thanks lgfurmancyzk, what a difficult name to pronounce. Welcome to the club!

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Haha I get that all the time. It's actually my husband's lastname! And thank you. One day I would like to visit China

It looks so good. I can't get enough of veggies!!

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I do love my veggies, are you vegetarian by any chance?

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No i'm not :P

Beautiful post - great fotos. I have been to Xian but 17 years ago. After all my travel - this would have been a great place to relax.

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Wow, that's such a long time ago.. but thankfully, not much has changed in terms of the historic and cultural activities. You'll see a lot more modernisation though, but that is the case across all of China.

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Indeed it was a long time ago - even toured the Yantze River before the Three Gorges Dam was there. Yes - I can imagine that it has modernised a lot now. I was in China for 2 months exploring the country even saw out of the way places like Pingyao. :) Hope that has not changed at all. By the way, I thought the landscape of China was surreal in some place and absolutely beautiful. The food - a gastronomic delight - was in food heaven!!!

you have eaten up all that food?
nooooo way :-)

but however that place looks really great.
i really enjoy places like that
unfortunately its a bit to far away to check it out by myself
so thx for doing it for me :-)

upvoted and following

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Thanks chris, I did try each of these dishes, of course I found it hard to eat it all myself so my friends helped out!

Menu looks very delicious ! Pumpkin flavored steamed buns are so yummy! :)

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I wondered if anyone would like that one, I absolutely love them. The only problem is they're very filling so really could only eat one !

Those cocktails look so good! Just what I need right now :)

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Yeah! This venue is so good for drinks too, I see a fair number of people here just having a nice chilling drink.

Very mouth-watering dishes. When do you have time to try all this?)))

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Ah.. I am very productive with my day, I try to get the most out of each and everyday.

Great post as all ways. :)

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How are you doing meep?

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thanks vangelov!

Now I am very hungry. I just discovered your posts and am enjoying what you share. I like posts that share their journey and experiences. Looking forward to more.

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Thank you jacob, i'm very happy to have you follow me, of course I have quite a number of posts already, so you can expect to find more similar stuff coming in the future!

Beautiful work lady @sweetsssj congratulations on the place you have chosen, the menu looks very delicious and healthy, the images are very beautiful
I feel pleasure to visit your blog, I must admit that these dishes opened my appetite
have a beautiful day

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thank you jlufer, quite a lot of food to look at, but you at least you'll get a good idea of what's on offer if you ever have the opportunity to visit!

OMG I all most bit my computer screen when I saw the stir-fried with Sichuan peppers.
I love spicy foods!

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Haha! I do that sometimes too, scratching at the screen whilst drooling.

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Did you see I tagged you in something on my most recent blog post ;) heh

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I did! Upvoted too!

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Thanks so much
:)

You have an epic life SSSJ! :)

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Thank you brandon. Trying to enjoy life whilst i can!

Great Article, Thank you Upvoted !.... Please check out my profile, https://steemit.com/@ashokaks Please upvote and follow me! Thank you again

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Lovely blog, thank you!

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Thank you, please follow me back and upvote, i have started following you, i love exploring places and tried food !

Have you been to Bali before? I've been reading your blogs and the quality in pictures/writing is amazing. I'd love for you to write a post about Bali if you've been there because I'm going there in a couple of months!

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Hi steph, thank you so much for your comment. I actually haven't been to Bali (yet) but it is very near the top of my travel list. I'll make sure to tag you when I write my post about it!

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Please do! Can't wait to read about it. Hopefully after my trip I can write about my experience too!

nice food mmmmmmm iam hungry now i saw this one

WOW, what an overload of deliciousness @sweetsssj. All that food and drink looked so nice and to top it all off with a Thai massage, simply amazing ;)

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Thanks sandstorm, overload is an understatement!

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I can only imagine by looking at the photos! I hope you were able to walk and still enjoy that massage after all that indulgence :)

Everything looks amazing but the Chinese chives with smoked beancurd looks really nice.

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THat's my second favourite one of them all!

So tasty. I can't believe you could possibly eat all this food lol!

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The trick is to go with many people so you can order lots of dishes and share! (i did eat a bit of everything though!)

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I will use that tip as I can never choose what I want to have!

omg that was the entire menu?
salamander looks like awesome pet :)
can i get one of those t-shirts?

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Pretty much!
I want a salamander for a pet!

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That's two of us, then! I love the funny looking creature :)

Any possibility you can post vegetarian dishes? Would be cool if you did... By the way I followed you and upvoted, anyone reading this follow me, I follow back and am very interactive.

The food look tasty~ you make me miss those delicious food in Shanghai.

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aww, Shanghai has some of the best steamed dumplings and buns, I miss the food there too :)

Wow you really are the travel queen ;)
L0ve the Steem attire

Very nice pictures! They make my mouth water😋

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Well i'm happy i've made you hungry, don't go spoil that and snack on something though!

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It's 10:30 pm here and I'm heading to bed, no midnight snacks for me. Keep the beautiful pictures coming. I'm somewhat of a photographer myself!

wow all these dishes look just incredible and well done and i wish i could come visit and eat all that food :))

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Thanks allasyummyfood, that's high praise from the likes of you! Thank you!

thanks for this amazing post! Loving your page- you have a new follower :)

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Thank you so much! Welcome aboard!

Congratulations @sweetsssj!
Your post was mentioned in my hit parade in the following category:

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Upvote - You left me no option.

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Thank you lucky.digger!

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No worries, I am happy to be following.

Nice post so I vote you

wow. great posts. your are a steemit legend already!! Keep it up :-)

ps: Tasty lookin´food! :-)

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Great picture!

OMG I so want your job. How you stay so slender is beyond me, even though you say you struggle to keep weight on. The images are fantastic and really bring the food alive. So different to my sad efforts with my iPhone when taking pictures for my recipes. You are a real post star. X

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get-baking! I think i'm just running on borrowed time.. It'll catch up with me soon. Buttttt I intend on abusing it whilst i can!

Thanks again!

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Hope it doesn't but as you say abuse it girl and enjoy! X

Oh, man, so many delicious-looking dishes in this one… you must have been there with a huge group to have had a chance to photograph so many dishes! (The fish head was a bit scary, though.)

I'm a fan of noodles of all types, so I'd love to try those knife-shaved noodles. Can I ask you what the Chinese name is? I'd like to ask my wife if she's familiar with it.

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Yes! This place actually accommodates large groups of people very well. They have some really huge tables. Chinese people also love to eat in large groups and share the dishes.

If you're a fan of noodles, then you will absolutely love Xi'an, they have some of the best noodles in the world.

The knife-shaved noodles are called 牛肉刀削面
Is your wife Chinese?

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Is your wife Chinese?

I don't want to give too many details for privacy reasons, so I'll just say she's more familiar with Asian foods than most Americans. :) Great for me!

Lovely post there. I love the shirt!

Thanks for sharing this post! Greatly appreciated the photos. Food made me hungry haha.

wood ear is agaric....

What a huge difference between China's "Chinese Food" and what we have here in Canada and call it "Chinese Food"

All that food looks so amazing!! I wish I could travel and have you be my tour guide!