The F&B business is big business in China. Restaurants everywhere used to do brisk business with big spending customers and government officials on expense account who seem to have very big wallets. After the recent crack down on corruption however, things seem to have died down a bit. On this trip we have been to quite a number of restaurants - and most of them seem to be a bit empty.
Ningbo Hai Long Chen Restuarant is one of those restaurants where you bring your guests if you want to impress them. It is a huge restaurant - and very lavishly decorated. This was one of the dinners included in the tour - and we were surprised to be brought to a restaurant that looks quite expensive.
Dinner was an extensive multi-course affair. As usual it started with several appetizers - pickled bamboo shoots, steamed pumpkin, chicken in spicy sauce and smoked fish.
Among the mains - most were good but not great.
The standout dishes were steamed crab with yam cubes - very fresh and sweet, and the steamed clams which was simple but very tasty.
One of the classic Chinese home-style soups is sweet corn with pork ribs, and the version here includes carrots. Simple comfort food that is really delicious.