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  • Shanghai Food and Restaurants

  • Shanghai is the ''melting pot'' of Beijing, Yangzhou, Guangdong and Sichuan cuisines and food from Suzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo and Hangzhou etc, and emphasizes on the fresh flavors and original tastes of the raw ingredients.


    • 1. Here listed below are the most famous Shanghai Local foods


    (1) Xiang You Shan Hu (mud eel)
    This carefully seasoned dish with stripped mud eel is well known in China

    (2) Ba Bao La Jiang (Eight Treasure Spicy Sauce)
    It is a kind of stir fried dish made of eight different kinds of poultry, meat, vegetables and fruit, tastes spicy and salty

    (3) Deep-Fried Crispy Pigeon (Ruipi Ruge)
    Deep Friend Crispy Pigeon meat with crispy outside and tender inside

    (4) Crab (Da Zha Xie)
    Shanghai is one of the best places in China to have crabs, and the best way to have it is steamed and dipped in vinegar

    (5) Shui Jing Xia Ren (Sautéed Crystal Peeled Shrimp)
    Shrimp in Shanghai is well known in China for its large size, great taste and translucent color

    (6) Xia Zi Da Wu Shen (Black Sea Cucumber with Shrimp Roe)
    This fried dish is known for its delicate, succulent taste and high nutritional value.


    • 2. Here listed below are the most famous Shanghai snacks


    (1) Nanxiang Steamed Stuffed Buns
    Famous for its thin wrapper, hearty flavor, and tender meat (tender bamboo shoots, shrimp, crab meat etc), and the best way to have it is dip them with Zhanjiang vinegar, which will give you incredible aftertastes.

    (2) Nanxiang Steamed Bun Shop
    Address: 85 Yuyuan Lao Rd, Shanghai
    Tel: 021-63554206

    (3) Xie Ke Huang
    A kind of pancake stuffed with green onion, pork, sugar, and red bean paste, and topped with sesame seeds

    (4) Wuyuan Bakery
    Address: 255 Yanping Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai
    Tel: 021-62565556

    (5) Steak with Rice Cake (Paigu Niangao)
    Famous for characteristics of crispy, tasty, fresh and tender

    (6) Xiaochangzhou Restaurant
    Add: intersection of Fuzhou Rd, Sichuan Zhong Rd, Shanghai

    (7) Gaoqiao Muffin (Gaoqiao Songbing)
    A sweet crumbly pastry made of wheat flour, lard, sugar, red beans, and Osmanthus (tea olives) etc.

    (8) Pear Paste Candy (Shanghai Ligao Tang)
    A local snack made from a combination of herbs, flowers, roots, nuts, and other natural ingredients, and it is believed that it can relieve coughs, asthma attacks and stimulate appetite.

    (9) Store of Pear Pasta Candy
    Address: 41 Wenchang Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai


    • 3. Here listed below are the most typical Food Streets in Shanghai


    (1) Hongmei Rd
    Offers a wide variety of Shanghai snacks
    Address: Xuhui District, Shanghai

    (2) Huanghe Rd
    Offers traditional Chinese dishes, such as stinky tofu, fried dough etc., as well as various expensive Chinese seafood
    Address: Next to Park Hotel, Huangpu District, Shanghai

    (3) Wujiang Rd
    Plenty of shops selling local snacks and small meals at a cheap price
    Address: Luwan District, Shanghai

    (4) Yunnan Nan Rd
     Offers most of Shanghai famous local snacks, such as fried stuffed buns, steamed stuffed buns, shrimp wontons, and pumpkin cake etc
    Address: Huangpu District, Shanghai

    (5) Zhapu Rd
    Food street with upscale restaurants offering live seafood with private banquet rooms
    Address: Hongkou District, Shanghai

    (6) QiBao Snack Street
    A comprehensive business area with famous traditional snack bars, streets near some scenic spots
    Address: Qibao Town, Minghang District, Shanghai

    (7) Gu Ling Rd Snack Street
    This street has many well known restaurants of Shanghai, where you can find famous local foods and western foods
    Address: Jing’an District, Shanghai

    (8) Town God’s Temple Snack Street
    Busiest street with all Shanghai snacks, such as Nanxiang steamed stuffed buns, eight-treasure rice, and glutinous rice dumplings etc
    Address: Huangpu District, Shanghai