Steam Delicious Restaurant, Qingdao│After a beautiful hike up FuShan with some girlfriends, we stopped at this restaurant for lunch. The building had a sign saying “Wonderland” at the gate, but I quickly realized that the name of the restaurant was “Steam Delicious”. To the left-hand side of the building there is a peaceful tearoom, on on the right is the restaurant.
There artwork, decor, and even the smallest of details, in both sides of Wonderland, were very intriguing to me. Isn’t the above wall amazing? It was lined, from floor to ceiling, with traditional baozi steamers. How very appropriate, consider the nature of this restaurant! I barely wanted to sit down and eat because there were so many things I wanted to be taking pictures of. In moments like that I am especially reminded of how amazing my husband is! It is in these times that he would make sure that I could wander off and take photos while he takes care of Elijah. Seeing as I was alone with my little man, I knew that my photo-taking chances would be minimal. Nevertheless, I strolled around with Eli on my hip – taking pictures as best I could, and enjoying the modern yet customary decor.
Not only was the restaurant itself interesting, but so was our meal and the preparation thereof. One of the ladies we were with had been here before so she went ahead and ordered for the table. Chinese people order A TON of food, but us foreigners generally don’t like to waste, so we order far less than a table Chinese customers would. The waiter seemed kind of
surprised annoyed by our minimal ordering.
We got the “wow you’re cheap” look! hahaha
There was a large sunken steamer in the middle of the table. Underneath it was a large metal bowl, into which the waiter poured some uncooked rice. Three different courses of food were brought to our table, and each one was steamed right in front of us. The seafood was taken directly from the fish tanks located near the front door, and placed into the steamer on our table. To say that it was “fresh seafood” would be an understatement. Those poor little guys were still alive when they reached the steamer!
A large glass lid was placed over the steamer, and each round of food took only a few minutes to cook. The juices and liquids from the seafood, meat and vegetables dripped into the rice in the bowl below them. Our final course was the rice cooked in a delicious broth. We only ordered three side dishes, but all of them were absolutely divine. A bowl of tasty greens (I have no idea what they were) in a tangy sauce, spicy carrot with celery and peanuts; and two portions of steam baozi.
Above, Look at Elijah’s little hand reached into the basket to grab a baozi! He absolutely loves these steamed buns filled with meat and vegetables. That is why he has earned himself the name “Baozi Boy“. When he saw the baozi arrive at the table, he got super excited and started to bounce up and down where he was seated!
If you live in Qingdao, or even if you are only planning on visiting this city, you should definitely check out this restaurant. Above left, a picture of the entrance to the building. Above right, directions, phone number and a map. The restaurant is located on the northern side of FuShan. It kind of feels like you are driving into the mountain park to get to this place because it is on the FuShan side of YinChuan Lu, down a small driveway.
I love finding gems like this!