Turophilia in Shanghai: Where to Find the Best Cheese

Turophilia in Shanghai: Where to Find the Best Cheese
By Susie Gordon , eChinacities.com

China may not be renowned for its excellent cheeses. With one notable exception (which we’ll come to a bit later), the only way to find good cheese is at Shanghai’s imported goods shops, and the Western goods aisles at the big supermarkets. Unfortunately, imported goods are expensive, so the chances are that you’ll be paying top kuai for your cheese. To help you in your quest for the good stuff, we’ve singled out some of Shanghai’s best and most reasonable options for scoring cheese.

The major supermarket chains are a good bet for your standard cheese needs. Carrefour’s imported goods aisle in the chilled section stock a decent range of European cheeses, from own-brand Emmenthal and cheddar slices (starting at a reasonable 11 RMB per pack) to pricier imported goat cheese (around 50 RMB). Carrefour’s stock varies from week to week, but they usually have mozzarella (in both ball form and shredded), Edam, Philadelphia soft cheese, Danish blue, and Apetina feta in jars. Tesco’s stock tends to be similar, both in range and price, and the best selection is to be found at the Zhongshan Bei Lu hypermarket.

Carrefour Gubei Branch View In Map
Add: 268 Shuicheng Nan Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市水城南路268号,近延安西路
Tel: 021 6278 1944
Carrefour WuningView In Map
Add: 20 Wuning Lu, near Dongxin Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市武宁路20号, 近动心路
Tel: 800 620 0565
Carrefour ZhongshanView In Map
Add: B1-2/F, Cloud 9 Mall, 1018 Changning Lu, near Kaixuan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市长宁路1018, 龙之梦购物中心B1-2楼 近凯旋路
Tel: 021 6225 5656
Tesco HypermarketView In Map                                                                                          Add: 1855 Zhongshan Bei Lu, near Guangxin Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市中山北路1855号, 近光新路
Tel: 021 5294 9488
Closer to town, the Fei Dan chain of imported goods stores are modestly stocked when it comes to cheese. You’ll find regular, low fat and extra low fat Philadelphia soft cheese and Laughing Cow. For a luxury selection, head to the City’Super food mall in the basement of the new IFC building in Lujiazui. The whole food court is a joy to behold, and the cheese department is particularly good, with an international selection.
Fei Dan Dagu BranchView In Map
Add: Fei Dan Dagu Lu, 382-1 Dagu Lu , near Shimen Yi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市大沽路382-1号, 近石门一路
Tel: 021 6340 0547
Fei Dan Anfu BranchView In Map
Add: Fei Dan Anfu Lu, 158 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市安福路158号, 近乌鲁木齐中路
Tel: 021 5403 6991

If you like mozzarella, get in touch with Kyeong Joo Lee. The Korean cheese entrepreneur runs Solo Latte, a mozzarella delivery company that supplies restaurants like Mr. Willis and La Strada pizzeria. After a trip to Italy 13 years ago, Kyeong was inspired by the milky goodness of buffalo cheese, and decided to bring it to Shanghai. She now manages a team of three cheese-makers in a warehouse in the Xinzhuang Industrial Zone, one of whom is Sicilian. To order some cheese, contact Kyeong and her team at 136 6153 1657 or sololatte1@gmail.com.

Solo Latte’s goods are also available for delivery on the Fields website (www.fieldschina.com) along with a variety of other kinds of cheese. They have a huge array of French cheeses including Camembert and blue, starting at 150 RMB per 100g block. Fields delivers free with every order over 150 RMB.

The Italians are famous for their excellent cheeses, so it’s not surprising that they know where to find the best stuff in Shanghai. A section of www.vivishanghai.com contains an online cheese shop selling Pecorino, Parmesan, mozzarella, Provolone and more. There’s a minimum order of 500 RMB and most items are wholesale only, so it might be a good idea to invest together with a group of friends.

Another favorite among Shanghai’s Italian population is the tiny Gourmet di Casa on Yongfu Lu. It measures just 15 square meters, but packs a punch when it comes to fine cheeses.

Gourmet di CasaView In Map
Add: 131 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市永福路131号, 进复兴西路
Tel: 021 6437 2052

Last but not least, if you’d rather eat cheese produced in China instead of overseas, try the snappily named Cheese in China brand. Producing a variety of Dutch cheese called Yellow Valley, Cheese in China is sold all across the country. The brainchild of Dutch cheese makers, Yellow Valley appeared at the World Expo, and is fully organic and fair trade-friendly. It can be found in various shops throughout Shanghai; check their website, www.cheeseinchina.com, for details. 

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