As summer approaches, many of us wax nostalgic about the years we spent at summer camp. But when someone utters the words “camp food,” it does not usually evoke pleasant memories. For camp veterans, those two words bring back disturbing recollections of rubbery cold cuts, stale bread and the infamous neon-colored “bug juice.”
I’d just arrived in Shanghai and was having one of those unnerving moments I dread in countries where I don’t know the language. The taxi driver had dropped me off in front of a large white villa with an elegant marble staircase. It was not what I’d pictured when I asked to be taken to the Kosher Café , which I’d heard was housed in the Shanghai Jewish Center. My stomach clenched. Had the driver grown tired of searching Shanghai’s Hongqiao neighborhood and abandoned me to find my own way?
The cuisine of Shanghai , as with that of most Chinese cities, tends to feature pork and shrimp-based dishes. This recipe uses veal instead of pork (turkey is also a fine substitute) and includes the soy sauce and sugar that distinguish Shanghai cooking. Lion’s head meatballs got their name because they were thought to resemble lions’ heads framed by manes of greens.
Are you an oenophile? Or maybe you’re the type to try and fake your way through a fancy wine list.
“It’s not Katz’s ; you can’t recreate it — and I’m not going to try.” That’s Jake Dell, the owner of Katz’s, the deli icon that’s been slicing pastrami on the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1888. But Dell is standing near a glowing red and white sign that, in the deli’s signature font, spells Katz’s — and this is Brooklyn; not the Lower East Side.