Welcome to Shanghai Spice. My name is Erin and I live in Shanghai, China. I’m from Myrtle Beach, SC, but have been in China on-and-off for 4 years out of the last 6.


I work in marketing, but my favorite hobby and passion is cooking (and eating). When I lived in Nanjing, I ate countless bowls of fried rice because I didn’t think that cooking healthy, delicious food was possible in the expat kitchen. I wanted to write a blog to talk about some of the woes of cooking at home in China, where and ingredients and supplies can be limited. However, necessity is the mother of invention, and expats can still manage to cook some great stuff.

I will also share any good restaurants I find, there are so many choices in Shanghai it’s hard to weed through the mediocrity to find the gems. I love talking about visiting and living in China, in regards to both food and just life in general, and I hope that other expats/China lovers/cooking enthusiasts will share their knowledge as well!

I finally went out and bought myself a big girl camera, so hopefully my pictures will get better and better as I learn the nuances of food photography (which, it turns out, is more complicated than you might think) Enjoy the blog, and definitely feel free to leave any questions/comments/general feedback. Happy eating!

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Erin, I really enjoyed your post about the Shanghai Muslim market. My son and his family lived in China for six years, in Wuhan and Tianjin. When I visited them, we went to X’ian, where there was also a Muslim market. The food was just wonderful. They had a noodle place not far from their home in Wuhan that was Muslim – wow, what great noodles. One long noodle filled the whole bowl. I’m glad I found your blog – my husband and I are also expats, and we live in Mexico. Some challenges finding ingredients for our favorite treats sometimes, but not as difficult as in China, I’m sure. I’ll check back with you – thanks for sharing your experiences.

    • Shanghai Spice says:

      Karen, I am so glad you enjoyed the post! Always nice to hear from another expat. Xi’an does have some amazing food. I was only there for a few days a couple of years ago, but I bet that we visited the same market! Thanks so much for reading the blog, means a lot! Cheers!

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