Missing parmigiano, salami and fiorentina
I have been „on the road“ 11 years, living and working in many countries, from Europe Australia: I have never missed the Italian food. In all countries in which I have been living I always found, almost immediately, something tasty and interesting to eat that have prevented me to miss any of the fabulous Italian dishes.
When in Austria I loved to eat Leberknoedel (liver dumplings), Spaetzli (a sort of egg noodles), Roastbraten (roastbeef), Kaesnudeln, Kaiserschmarren, Kernoel (pumpkinseedoil) and Kartoffeln. In Bayern Weisswurst and Kraut (with senf seeds, they are simply fantastic). I have been probably the only Italian who has enjoyed the English Cuisine, going crazy for sheperdpie, (a particulare sort of cabbage of which I do not remember the name) and applepie. In Australia I soon got used to the flavour of the different barbeque meats, which I have enjoyed with my collegues in the monthly barbies. The best of all in Australia was the delicious tasmanian meat that I used to buy in the village’s shop.
Since I am in Shanghai I have lost the happiness of food. I do not know where to buy a good roastbeef, a good piece of cheese, fresh eggs (the so-called fresh eggs of the supermarket are at least one month old…). My „flavour“ life has imploded and I get tears in my eyes when I think about the meat I used to have at home, in Italy, the fresh and fragant piece of parmigiano or just the piece of home-made salami the relatives used to bring us at a certain point of the year. For the first time in my life I am missing parmigiano, salami and fiorentina and this surprises myself a lot as I am really feeling … Italian.
I am aware that the freshness and quality of goods is a problem of every big city, so I would be really grateful if somebody out there could tell me where I can buy a good steak, fresh eggs and genuine potatoes in Shanghai.