wechat sharing

All About The Rice at Mi Xiang Yuan

Healthy and affordable Chinese food? You don't say.

 

What’s so interesting about a fast casual Chinese restaurant in a new no-name mall near the ol’ Expo site? Nothing much. But when Crystyl Mo, Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Restaurants for China and Korea says its good and calls you to step to it, you start running. 

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

Anthony Zhao in the kitchen. This Rational oven costs more than a year's rent.

 

Mi Xiang Yuan is operated by Mo’s husband, Anthony Zhao, a local celebrity himself. The Shanghai native is a professionally trained chef and has cooked with some of the world's top chefs. He’s even been featured in several food shows both in China and internationally. He runs a family farm, too, which supplies some of the farm-to-table greens for his hot pot restaurant Holy Cow.

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

 

The accolades continue, but the one we’re here for today is the newest incarnation of Mi Xiang Yuan, a concept that first launched in Xintiandi over six years ago. The Xintiandi venue has since moved to Xiaomuqiao Lu. The concept is to provide delicious local classics that are made fresh and quick at affordable prices.

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

 

It’s a criteria that’s simple enough, but is sorely remiss in Shanghai. Zhao hopes to rectify that with the Mi Xiang Yuan 2.0 at the Gopher Plaza with a new age spin. 

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

 

Here, they showcase high quality rice, cooked with the latest tech advances. They’ve taste tested rice varieties from all over Asia, with countless bags of rice filling up the couples’ home, before they finally settled on the Wuchang rice variety from Heilongjiang. They source directly from a farm there, making the premium rice more affordable. Meats are cooked in German Rational ovens for consistency, the rice in top of the line Panasonic cookers, and they’ve reduced ordering hassles to a mere QR code scan for the digital menu and payment function. 

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

Kungpao Chicken (RMB35). Diced chicken, peanutes, and leek in a savory chili sauce. 

 

Affordability and consistency are the root words of their concept. They want to offer a high quality meal for the working class for less than RMB50—sets start at RMB35 and include topping of choice, rice, sides, and soup. And while the expat market isn’t their primary focus, we do benefit from their perseverance.

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

 Teriyaki Chicken (RMB42). You can't fault runny yolk and crispy, fried chicken coated in teriyaki sauce. 

 

Do we like the food there? Absolutely. It's classic dishes like hongshaorou and luroufan on quality rice. It's impossible to dislike. Will we go out of our way for lunch at Gopher Plaza? Most likely not. We’d most likely to order for convenience.

 

Chinese food in Shanghai: Mi Xiang Yuan

Luroufan (RMB42). Diced braised pork in soy sauce topped with meat floss. It's savory, creamy, and perfect with rice. 

 

However, the word “scalable" was punted around a few times, so expect an expansion. And should an outpost find its way closer to home, the cleaner, tastier, and less oily versions of these classics will most certainly find their way into our bellies. 

 

Details

What: Mi Xiang Yuan

Address: B013, B2, Gopher Plaza, 757 Mengzi Lu (near Zhongshan Nan Yi Lu) 蒙自路757号歌斐中心B213号 (近中山南一路)

Tel: 5629-7769

--
Follow us on WeChat:
read more city weekend shanghai

Rachel Gouk
Rachel Gouk is the Managing Editor at City Weekend Shanghai. She's a ball-buster, but manages to charm her way back into people's good graces. Likes food, cooking, photography and heavy metal.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

taiwanese restaurant shanghai purple garlic

By: Cristina Ng -

Farm-To-Table Taiwanese Food at Purple Garlic
Farm-to-table classic versions of Taiwanese home and street food favorites at The Purple Garlic.
Read More
gu yi hunan restaurant shanghai 5

By: Jesus Ian Kumamoto -

Choice Chinese: Hunan Cuisine at Gu Yi
The full spectrum of spicy foods at Hunan restaurant Gu Yi.
Read More
chinese shanghainese restaurant shanghai jian guo 328 1

By: Jennifer Stevens -

Revisited: Jianguo 328 for Shanghainese Classics
A taste of Shanghainese cuisine at Jian Guo 328: hongshaorou, scallion noodles and more.
Read More
Henan Lamian Outside shanghai chinese food

By: Jennifer Stevens -

Choice Chinese: Hand-Pulled Noodles at Henan Lamian
Hunched over bowls of freshly pulled noodles, elbow-to-elbow with hungry locals, hole-in-the-wall Henan Lamian (御面馆 yù miànguǎn) seems like a different universe from the expat-crowded...
Read More

Comments

Download App Now
Select your device platform and get download started
Add & Promote an Event
Tell everybody what's going on. FREE.

You've reached the limit of allowed deals. For more information

Contact us

You've reached the limit of allowed housing listing. For more information

Contact us