[Shanghai Girl Eats] The Union Trading Company
The Union Trading Company | Dianping
Address: 64 Fenyang Lu, No. 2, near Fuxing Lu / 汾阳路64弄2号(近复兴中路)
Date visited: 2016.07 for dinner
Price: RMB150-200 per person
Will return: Definitely
What to get:
– Spaghetti and meatballs
– UTC burger
– Sichuan spiced chicken
The Union Trading Company is known for its mean drinks by Yao Lu and fat-astic American food by Austin Hu. You can enjoy both for a great price during happy hour (Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm): RMB50 each!
Everything below is RMB50 during happy hour and I’ve labeled dishes with their original prices for reference. Dish descriptions are straight from the menu, I kid you not.
Old Fashioned and Aperol Spritz
Sichuan spiced chicken (RMB88) inspired by la zi ji and then American pursuit of boneless convenience
A perfect Chinese American creation — fried chicken tenders with Sichuan spices.
Spaghetti meatballs (RMB98) grandma didn’t make this for us growing up, but even if she did, it would still be better than hers
There are a lot of fancy Italian places in Shanghai and while everyone knows I love my truffle-ridden pastas and pizzas, I have been looking for spaghetti and meatballs since I got to Shanghai. This is it — the one — my spaghetti and meatballs prayer has been answered. Al dente spaghetti and loads of meatballs in a hearty and slightly cheesy tomato sauce.
Union Trading Company burger (RMB88) it may be wagyu, it may have a homemade bun, it may even be topped with our own smoked bacon, at the end of the day it’s just a legit burger, and yes, it comes with fries
I love a good burger and as far as a classic bacon cheeseburger goes, this is the best in Shanghai. Thick yet soft beef patty oozing with flavor and good old American cheese nestled between the softest buns.
Double brown note (RMB58) chocolate mousse so good, you may $hit your pants
The description is a bit disturbing; this tastes less like a mouse and more like American cup pudding if you like those. Break the pretzel into pieces and mix into the pudding for a sweet and salty combination.