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So Many Food Pop-Ups This Weekend

By Apr 15, 2016 Dining


Everybody loves the sunshine, and here are five restaurants / concepts that will appear and then disappear over the next few days, including a daytime jam with free beer on Friday, a diaspora take on Chinese food by Austin Hu, a "Super Bowl" with the chefs of Pirata and Liquid Laundry facing off, a brunch jam at Baoism, and some new food at Hunter Gatherer.


April 14-16, 21-23, from 7.30pm: Diaspora: Modern Chinese American @ Egg

Cook-about-town Austin Hu, he formerly of Madison, is at Egg doing his take on Chinese food this weekend and next. Fine dining is his forte, so this is more like a fun challenge for him (he admits his wok game is not super strong, but he'll mess anyone up with a sauté pan). The menu at Egg features ramen chicken slaw, chilled eggplant, spring rolls, duck fat poached black cod, Hunan spicy fried chicken, and more. Average price per person comes to around 150-250rmb, not including drinks. Starts at 7.30pm each night.

SmartShanghai's Ian L sat down with Hu the other day, when he recounted stories of growing up in pre-KFC Shanghai in the '80s, when everyone made youtiao from scratch and his dad would procure whole suitcases full of McDonald's hamburgers, which they'd freeze and all the kids at school would come over to enjoy. More on that next week. Bonus: he mentioned he'll have a sandwich shop and deli opening near Huaihai Lu x Fuxing Lu sometime in the next few months.

April 15, 2-9pm: Love Bang x STB: Shanghai Fashion Week Takeover @ Spread The Bagel

Friday afternoon from 2-9pm, music & art crew Love Bang team up with bagel joint Spread The Bagel Xintiandi for a cat-themed daytime pop-up party. The menu features bagel chip nachos, limited-edition sandwiches, mini cat-shaped bagels with strawberry cream cheese, pink soda, and 200 bottles of free Vedett. Food runs 15-50rmb. Originally they were supposed to have DJs, but that didn't work out, though there is still a big soundsystem and they'll be playing "a lot of classic mixtapes and a lot of DJ Screw." They just dropped a reggae / dancehall / hip hop mixtape of their own this morning.

April 17, 12.30-5pm: Beats, Baos and Bottles @ Baoism

Baoism, that solid gua bao joint in Hubin Dao mall near Xintiandi, has a party for their new brunch menu on Sunday. On music duty are Yeti Out's Yeti B and Fader One, and Jameson is handling drinks. Shanghai's already moving all the restaurants to the malls anyway, may as well move the DJs there too.

April 18 from 5pm: Shanghai Superbowl @ Pirata

No sports here, just Ling Huang of Pirata and Simon Sunwoo of Liquid Laundry fighting to the death. Not really. It's a cooking battle: Huang is doing beef noodles and spicy fried chicken, and Sunwoo's got some kimchi jjigae and an octopus wrap. Goes from 5pm–close. First come first serve. This flyer is on a new level.

April 19-June 19, daily: UMi Food Design Pop-Up @ Hunter Gatherer

Pretty long-term pop-up, this one. Phoebe Tran and Rénel Sun of UMi Food Design (previously Burger Babes) are taking over Hunter Gatherer's Chefs Station, finally taking the throne from Austin Hu. They're doing red curry sole fish cake in a chip-encrusted brioche bun and "Bibim-Bomb" with chicken, gochujang sauce, slow-cooked egg, kimchi, and other veggies over crispy rice. Available daily from 11am-9pm. Hunter Gatherer – making us all broke but feeling pretty good.



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  • 4 years ago Wave Manipulator

    Went to Diaspora last night, well worth a visit. Still thinking about the pork belly, the chicken, the cabbage.

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