Monday, January 29, 2007

Chairman Mao style at Shangri La

This photo was snapped at the edge of the carpark outside the Pt Chevalier outpost of Discount Liquor, where you can buy a six pack of Southern Draught for five dollars. If anyone knows of cheaper booze in Auckland, can they please help me out in the comments box?

I'd be almost as keen to know what 'Chairman Mao style' means, when applied to cooking. The location of the Shangri La restaurant is yet another mystery. I checked behind the sign and found nothing but rusty fence wire, loose gravel, and the turbid flow of rush hour Great North Road traffic. Perhaps the restaurant is supposed to exist only in the world of our imagination, like its namesake?

2 Comments:

Blogger muzzlehatch said...

I can't be bothered waiting for all the photos to download via my excruciatingly slow dial-up collection, so I havn't seen the one for this post, but the Shangri La restaurant? we've walked straight past the open doors of it both the last times I have been here with you.

6:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very late answer, but Chairman Mao was originally from Hunan province, famous for its spicy chilli dishes - Mao once said that he thought the reason his Hunanese comrades were so 'red' was because of all the chillis they ate. He was particularly fond of a braised fatty pork casserole. Some time after liberation, restaurants started to appear offering Mao's favourite dishes, and the cooking style quickly became a favourite amongst Mao's admirers. Nowadays 'Mao Family Kitchen' restaurants are all over China.

11:19 am  

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