Duck Fat Martini in Shanghai — The Weirdest Thing I Ever Drank


Yeah, I drank that. I’d do it again.

Render the fat of a lovely Peking duck. Infuse it with some vodka over a few months. Make a martini it. Sell it to an international traveler for 55¥ (about $9). Stories for a lifetime.

What does it taste like? It takes like a savory, ducky, smokey cocktail that you can sip and have it feel like a meal. Isn’t that what travel is all about? Leaving behind your reservations and delving right in? Hells yeah.

The place to have this is The Alchemist in the Xintiandi section of Shanghai. As I was trying to find a website to point you to, it has since closed. Sad face. You could have also ordered the Peanut-Uncrusted Fried Chicken. Dreams do come true.

It shouldn’t stop you from exploring Xintiandi ( “New Heaven and Earth”). It’s a popular nightlife section of the city for expats and business people. Good news for you frugal travelers, you can drink and eat among the jetsetters and not spend a lot of cash.

From the website: “Xin Tian Di is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, its interior embodies a totally different world of international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques or theme restaurants.”

I loved it because a lot of drunk women spending their company’s dollar were dancing about. I’ll leave it there for you.



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