Shi Qi Lao Restaurant Review, Zhongsan, China


Shi Qi Lao

36 Kanghua Road

Zhongsan, China


Shi Qi Lao Website

Shi Qi Lao Zhongsan China Exterior

We recently finished up our latest culinary tour of China in the Summer of 2011. Cantonese Chinese cuisine originated from this area, making it a must visit for those serious about Chinese food.
Here are some quick mini reviews of places we ate at. We feel this will be useful as more people visit this up-and-coming area. We found few reviews on Trip Advisor and Dianping.

Shi Qi Lao Zhongsan China Fish Tank

If a restaurant does not have a website, we link to their Dianping page if available.

Why did we dine here? – Shi Qi Lao is famous for squab and a must visit for any one coming to Zhongsan. This restaurant is extremely popular and busy. The front of the restaurant features cooking stations that show off their talents. Inside the restaurant are seafood tanks filled with a variety of live animals.

Insider Tip – Come early to avoid the crowds.

Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese cuisine
Location – Zhongsan, China

Service – Shi Qi Lao had reasonable service with lots of servers running around. This is not a fine dining restaurant, so, don’t expect miracles.
Verdict – Shi Qi Lao is a must visit for squab if you are in Zhongsan, China.


Signature Dishes – Squab

Shi Qi Lao’s Menu is very extensive with many classic Cantonese dishes along with some local specialties.

Website Shi Qi Lao Menu


Shi Qi Lao Zhongsan China Squab

Deep Fried Squab is the specialty of the house and main reason people come here. The squab was excellent, very juicy, and cooked perfectly. The squabs here are much smaller than the ones in the US, so most people order several for themselves.

Shi Qi Lao Zhongsan China Fish

Steamed Fish was also excellent. The fish was selected from the live tank so it could not be more fresh. It was steamed in a black bean sauce that really highlighted the sweetness of the fish.

Shi Qi Lao Zhongsan China Big Sesame Ball

Super huge sesame ball like dessert that we had to order. It was very greasy and had a very thin skin.

Shi Qi Lao Zhongsan China Steamed Chicken

Steamed Chicken was typical of China meaning that it was far better than most US versions.

Restaurant Map:

Shi Qi Lao Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine

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  • foodhoe
    September 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

    since I am not a world traveler, I love reading about these interesting restaurants! that gigantic sesame ball looks outrageous

  • Food Nut
    September 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

    it was a must order item for tourist like us! We could tell that it wasn’t going to be tasty, but more of a greasy thin dough ball. This restaurant is pretty famous for squab and a must visit for tourists passing through.

  • sarah w
    September 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I googled Zhongsan, China, and it was shown to be in Shanghai area??

  • Food Nut
    September 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    No, that is not correct. Zhongsan is in southern China, Guangdong Province.

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