Alright, let's be honest here. I'm not from Canada. I have no right whatsoever to critique another country's Rueben. I never wanted to go into this place, but the buzz started when my parents came to visit. My Jewish mother from New York had to know if a pastrami sandwich in Shanghai was going to be any good. I pointed out, that if it was bad, it's 100% Canada's fault, not Shanghai’s in this situation. We went for Chinese food upstairs.
My mother bonds with my friend from New York instantly. But I know that this friend in particular also likes to eat bagels in Shanghai and cannot truly be trusted. They agree to go to Tock’s without me. I plan to keep them away from each other for the rest of the trip. We have too much Chinese food to eat, and stomach space can not be wasted on this nonsense. My friend sends my mother a photo of Tock’s delivery on Wechat as we board a plane to Western China for sightseeing. When did they exchange Wechat information? I don’t know. But my mother is amazed that corned beef sandwiches can be delivered by a Canadian restaurant in China.
Did we go to Tock’s when we got back to Shanghai? Yup.
Was the sandwich any good? No. It was really dry and not from New York. But the service was really friendly, and the decor looked alright. It’s also worth noting that the poutine does not contain cheese curds. I don’t even know who to blame about that, but I’d assume that even the Canadians would be upset. I did enjoy the hype we created for ourselves, though.
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