Chinese food is somehow my comfort food. When I think of cold winter days I long for hot pot. And pretty often I long for Di San Xian – the 3 treasures of the Earth, my favourite dish back “home” in Beijing. Soup with Jiaozi (ravioli) is one of the first things I have in mind when I think of Shanghai, this hot, fantastic, humid, earthy to mustiness smelling place with a purple sky. I still haven´t found any place that is serving Di San Xian in Europe thus I make it myself. But I have found a few decent places that serve decent Chinese food. And I even found my beloved century eggs/ 皮蛋 (black preserved eggs). Thanks to a huge Chinese Community in Paris you can find not everything but almost everything here!
Chez Xu / Metro Art et Métiers (2016)
Great surprise in old China town of Paris. Squeeze in on own of the tables and have some real chinese food! abt 10€ per person
Mum Dim Sum / Metro Palais Royal/ Les Halles
cantonese take away, a bit expensive for what it is… but dim sum tends to be expensive in Europe. At least good quality, funky dim sum of the month and a nice setting. 10-15€ without drinks.
Deux fois plus piment /Metro Richard-Lenoir
Hmm, so spicy! The Sichuan ravioli are just delicious. Young Asian crowd who loves spicy food is usually hanging out here mixed with some first dates and people from the neighborhood. I have been coming back to this place several times. It´s really good even though you should´t be in a hurry. Service is slow and it´s always packed thus consider making a reservation or come early. 15-20€ p.p. Lunch set menu during the week from 6-9€ ( They have opened a 2nd shop in the Marais called Trois fois plus piment)
Ravioli Chinoise Nord-Est / Metro Belleville
Just feeling like back home in Beijing. Due to recommendations in the Lonely Planet filled with English speakers but still the best ravioli in town in a little shop filled with neon light. The owners are very nice. Don´t miss out on the medusa salad! 5-10€ p.p.
Nanchang / Metro Charonne
Chinese BBQ and Nanchang clay pot soup in a retro place- think Mao posters and culture revolution decoration including plats and mugs. Young Chinese student crowd. Only opens for dinner. 10-20€ p.p.
Un grand Bol / Metro Belleville
Real Chinese food , very tasty and another gem in the sadly mediocre Chinese restaurant scene of Belleville. 15-20€ p.p
Le Celeste Gourmand / Metro Hotel de Ville
Serves black eggs, also called Century eggs or 皮蛋! Yummy! Also got good marmite pots. Good pricing, especially for the area. 20€ + p.p
Au Poivre du Szechuan / Metro Belleville
Again spicy! And lot´s of cumin. But that´s what the heart wants when looking for Szechuan food. The lamb dish is very good. Approx. 15 €