When two American college buddies relocated to Shanghai, they missed a lot about the good old US of A. The Double Doubles, the bacon Sriracha lollipops, and, most importantly, the Chinese food. Thankfully, they opened a restaurant of their own, and have been valiantly educating the people of China on this cuisine ever since.
Their restaurant Fortune Cookie is an attempt to bring not really Chinese dishes like sweet-and-sour chicken and General Tso's to the Shanghai culinary scene. It seems to be working, as the place has been humming for the past eight months. The customers are mostly American expats looking for comfort food, which means ingredients like Mott's applesauce (in the duck sauce), Skippy's peanut butter (in the fried noodles/rice), and Philadelphia cream cheese (in the crab rangoon). Some born-and-bred Shanghai citizens are even starting to check the place out, leading to levels of meta weirdness no one's seen since that Joaquin Phoenix documentary.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. Some of her strongest friendships are built on cheeseburgers. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.