The T SpotShanghai – the finance and business hub of Asia’s major economy – and an increasingly cosmopolitan city in the region. I had the chance to check out some interesting eateries during my recent trip there and will be introducing these places on the blog.

I have been to Xintiandi when I was in Shanghai 7 years ago. Then, Xintiandi was this dimly-lit place with some eateries and bars and European-like decor, which didn’t really appeal to me. 7 years later, I decided to give Xintiandi another go since everyone seems to say that it’s THE place to hang out!

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Truth to be told, Xintiandi has not changed much, although there are more eateries and clubs now. We took a nice stroll around and went to a desserts place nearby called Bellagio 鹿港小镇 .

Bellagio sells Taiwanese food and is apparently quite well-known for their Chinese desserts! As the cafe opens till late, it’s a great place to meet, enjoy affordable sweets and escape from the cold weather outside.

Mango rice balls with coconut 芒果椰丝糯米滋

This is a famous Hong Kong dessert! I was so excited to find it in Bellagio! Each ball is made from glutinous rice flour, with fresh mango encrusted in the middle. Every piece is then dusted with the desiccated coconut that helps to add some crunchy bite to the dessert.

It was a pity that the rice flour was too thick. I would have preferred it if the layer was thinner and the interior was packed with mangoes!

Glutinous rice balls in fermented rice wine with 桂花酒酿鸡蛋小圆子

This dessert is Shanghainese. I tried it once in Shanghai years ago and was not a fan of it because the smell of the rice wine was too overwhelming. Bellagio’s version included osmanthus flower and egg. I know how this bowl of dessert looks like a bowl of porridge with rice, wine, egg and rice balls but it was really delicious. I believe the osmanthus deserves some credit for adding a refreshing zest, and balancing out the strong taste of rice wine.

Red bean paste with rice balls 红豆沙

Unlike most red bean paste desserts I have tasted in Singapore, Bellagio’s offering was thick and pasty. The texture was smooth and the sweet taste complemented well with the rice balls. This is one of the best red bean paste desserts that I have ever tasted!

Verdict:

This place can be crowded, but it is evidently a place where Shanghainese yuppies and youths hang out.  Bellagio has several branches in Shanghai, as well as other parts of China. Do stop by there after an obligatory visit to Xintiandi.

Bellagio 鹿港小镇
Address: 上海市卢湾区太仓路68号 (Taicang Road No. 68, near Shunchang Road)
Tel: +86 021-63865701

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