My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the second novel featuring Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau. It is a wonderful blend of history, poetry, politics, and food with a police procedural. This adventure includes a U.S. Marshall which provided an opportunity for explaining cultural information to the reader.
I love that Xiaolong always describes the food.
So Chen ordered a portion of fried mini-buns with minced pork stuffing, shrimp dumplings with transparent skin, sticks of fermented tofu, rice porridge with a thousand-year-egg, pickled white squash, salted duck, and Guilin bean curd with chopped green scallions. All in small dishes.I am counting this my "book set in Asia" for the ReadHarder challenge.
"It's like a banquet," she said.
"It costs less than a continental breakfast at the hotel," he said.
The tofu came first, tiny pieces on bamboo sticks like shish kebabs. In spite of a wild, sharp flavor, she started to like it after the first few bites. (p. 62)