GOOD EATS IN SHANGHAI: A CULINARY TOUR OF SHANGHAI CUISINE

  • This is one of Bill’s signature phrases to me, and he always delivers it with a knowing smile. The man knows me all too well! I love food and the joy of eating.To get more news about shanghai special dishes, you can visit shine news official website.

    Whenever I visit a new city, finding the best local dishes is always #1 on my list, followed by sightseeing. When it’s mealtime, I Google. I Yelp. I read through comments. I study photos and evaluate recommendations, all in the effort to find the best food in the area.

    But sometimes, language barriers and a general unfamiliarity with the local geography can make finding authentic meals difficult. To my utter dismay, I sometimes find myself dining on bland, unremarkable dishes in tourist areas, and I can imagine this happens way too often when people travel abroad, especially to countries like China.

    There is one saving grace when dining at restaurants in China. Most menus contain color photos for each dish, so you can see exactly what you’re ordering. No surprises! Some even have English translations. Though those translations can often do more to scare tourists off than anything else––some dishes are so poorly translated that you might find yourself dropping the menu and running for the door.Talk about “lost in translation.” Google Translate, looks like you have much to improve! Of course, this is just one of the reasons why I decided to write this post on how to find the best food in Shanghai. I have been brewing and developing this post ever since Bill and I came back from Shanghai last year.

    Shanghai is a metropolitan city that offers a wide world of cuisines, but this post focuses only on Shanghai cuisine (a.k.a. ben-bang-cai 本帮菜). I compiled a comprehensive list of dishes to eat while visiting Shanghai, including our recipe links (when available) in case you want to recreate those dishes in your own kitchen. I also included a few restaurant recommendations. These restaurants don’t have four dollar signs ($$$$), but they have earned 5-star ratings from patrons.

    With foreign visitors to Shanghai surpassing thirteen million annually, not to mention the large number of foreign expats there, this post will be valuable for many epicureans like myself. Think of it as your culinary guide to one of the most exciting cities in the world––my hometown, Shanghai!
    These are chewy, delicious pan-fried versions of the more common soup dumpling. Instead of being wrapped in paper-thin dough and steamed, these are slightly thicker, and they’re pan-fried/steamed with a crispy bottom. Like soup dumplings, though, they also have a lot of hot, flavorful pork bone soup in the middle, and they’re served with vinegar.

    My favorite place to get shengjian bao is Xiao Yang Sheng Jian . It’s a chain restaurant, with many locations in Shanghai, but not all Xiao Yang Sheng Jian are created equal. I like the location at #1601 West Nanjing Road , Reel Mall Floor B2 (inside the food court), and near Jingan Temple . Be sure to check on whether the location is still there by the time you read this post, as things change quickly in China.