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"Mainland China" restaurant, Bangalore

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Mainland China is one of the most highly regarded chinese restaurants in Bangalore. Since we're seemingly on a "not indian" kick this week (Grasshopper, Blue Ginger, Smokin' Joe's, Hypnos, Noble House) we decided to try it out.

When we sat down, they brought us two little starters: one of cabbage in spicy chili sauce with white pepper and ginger - the sauce reminded me of sriracha, the second was delicately pickled cucumber and carrot side sauce of tart chilis.

We ordered Shangsi Crab Soup, Squid in Pepper and Salt, Jumbo Prawns in Hot Garlic Sauce, and Singapore Rice Noodles.

The shangsi crab soup was very nice. Subtle egg white and pale crab made an elegant presentation garnished with small flecks of green onion. The clear broth was infused with just enough green chili to wake your palate.

The pepper and salt squid was not what I had expected. I'm used to a squid that's crispy fried and served with a bowl of ground roasted szechuan pepper corns and salt. Th…