Recently, I came across articles about the rise of racism and xenophobia against Asians because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By all means be vigilant and take necessary precautions, but don’t let fear and hate dictate our actions.
Diseases recognize neither race or nationalities, neither should we.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. All of us should play our part, be more compassion and not abandon our fellow human beings.
I remember travelling to mainland China for the first time in spring 2018.
Initially, I wanted to visit Shanghai and Nanjing during my eight-day trip, but in the end, I had to forgo the plan when I realized there was so much to see in Shanghai alone.
After all, Shanghai is a metropolis with a whopping 24 million people – almost the entire population of Australia.
Having arrived quite late in the afternoon, my first stop after I dropped off my luggage was at a two Michelin-starred restaurant, Canton 8 (喜粵8號. Click here for the location. Baidu map instead of the usual Google Map, which doesn’t work well in mainland China).
Showing up without a dinner reservation turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I waited next door at Canton 8’s sister dessert shop.
At the recommendation of their staff, I had a thirst-quenching and refreshing dessert that increased my appetite for dinner.
Who said dessert must be served last?
At Canton 8, I only managed to try a few dishes as there was only so much I could eat by myself. Having said so, the food was good but not out of the world, especially for someone like me who had grown up eating Cantonese food.
Given a chance, you should give Canton 8 a try as the price wasn’t exorbitant. They had even been called the world’s cheapest two Michelin-starred establishment (the moniker probably came from the press release).
And the dessert shop next door definitely worth a detour.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my Shanghai Trip.