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Master chef serves Shanghai style cooking

By: KC

Date Posted: 2001-08-16

Han Jian-Hua, a Chinese chef with more than 40 years of experience opened a new restaurant called Shanghai Rou in Chatan Town on Aug. 1.

Jian-Hua who is now 59 years old was born in Shanghai. His father, Shen-hu was a well known chef in Shanghai, and later became the chief of chefs at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, one of the most famous restaurants in Japan. Shen-hu was a chef who cooked at the memorial events of Tokyo Olympics and Osaka Expo.

Jian-Hua himself was brought up in a Chinese cooking family and his future was clear from his young age. He came to Okinawa from Hong-Kong, and became the chef of Palace Hall in Okinawa City, and later opened Peking Restaurant in Ginowan City. Jian-Hua was also a contributor to a slew of memorable events in Okinawa including the time when Prince Mikasa, a member of the Japanese Imperial Family came to Okinawa and when some Chinese VIPs visited Okinawa in 1972 when the formal Japan-China relationship was established. Jian-Hua also has played the role of a judge for the Chinese section in many big cooking contests every year.

Shanghai style cuisine is different from the Peking nor Sechuan style, which are better known in Okinawa. The style, and taste, is well worth trying. The motto here is “not too thick, not too hot, but something pleasant.”

Han predicts that Itokiri Ramen will be the best-selling dish of the restaurant. Some chefs from other restaurants who came over to the restaurant gave rave reviews about the ramen. “This is home-made style Ramen made of roast pork, which is usually called ‘Chashu,’” Jian-Hua said. He said he thought of the way of cooking, and said that every Chinese restaurant served the Tang-tang mian (ramen), but decided he needs something different and new for the menu. His Itokiri Chashu ramen contains sliced pork (Chashu) lightly seasoned with seasonings imported from Shanghai. The taste of the broth is not too thick, but leaves a pleasant and unforgettable taste on the tongue.

The best point of the restaurant is that the customers can enjoy the lunchtime buffet on weekdays as well as weekends. The price is very reasonable, only ¥700 per person. The customers have also taken a notice and many already are coming back almost every day. The place has been crowded on every weekend with lots of families. The lunchtime buffet is served from 11:30 to 14:30 everyday.

Those who want something more exotic can trust on Jian-Hua who says that he can cook any kind of Chinese dish on order in advance.

Shanghai Rou is located a block away from Highway 23 that connects Chatan Town and Okinawa City. Coming from Hwy 58, there’s a sign to Chatan Sport Center on the right after the Eagle Apartment on the left. Make a right turn and the restaurant is located on right hand side of the way to Chatan Sports Center.

For further info: call at 098-926-0518

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