40 Shanghai foods we can’t live without


From simple street fare to Bund-style cuisine, here are our picks for the most delicious and iconic food items that define the Shanghai food scene

Although Shanghai's oily, sugary and soy sauce-doused cuisine can't be heralded as the best eating on the mainland, we love our food here in Shanghai. And, in a city that offers so many culinary options, from roadside stalls to Michelin-star restaurants, we wanted to celebrate that, with a list of the 40 foods you can find in Shanghai that we simply can’t live without.


1. Xiaolongbao (小笼包)

We just had to get this one out of the way first since no list of Shanghai’s favorite foods (it was part of out 11 best Shanghai snacks list) would ever be complete without the mention of our famous soup dumpling, xiaolongbao. The dumpling, cleverly hiding its soup within its delicately pinched wrapper, has reached cult-like fanaticism in this city. Even though it burns the mouths and tongues of novice dumpling eaters (Note: you have to puncture the dumpling wrapper to let out the steam, and then slurp the soup slowly before shoveling the xiaolongbao down), we just cannot live without this Shanghai classic. We love it so much, in fact, we’ve even taken a few xiaolongbao tours of Shanghai.
For your own xiaolongbao tour try: Phat in Shanghai’sXiaolongbao Bike Ride 

2. Di Shui Dong ribs

Listed as number 19 on our list of 50 reasons why Shanghai is the world’s No. 1 city, these fall-off-the-bone ribs are as succulent as there are tender. Sweetly braised in soy sauce, these put those miniature rib appetizers to utter shame. And, without the small bones found in those ubiquitous appetizers, the meat on these solid ribs can be inhaled in a matter of seconds.
Try: Di Shui Dong, multiple locations, 2/F, 56 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu 茂名南路56号, 近长乐路2楼, +86 21 6253 2689

3. Braised eggplant (红烧茄子)

Few truly love eggplant before they come to China, but once here, almost everyone's a convert to this purple veggie. Of all the eggplant dishes offered in this city, the braised version of this hearty vegetable is by far the most savory. Stewed in shaoxing wine, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, sugar, chilies and sometimes even pork, this Shanghai favorite has become a staple menu item at most restaurants. It boasts the perfect combo of saltiness, sweetness and savoriness -- and we don’t feel so guilty eating it because it’s a veggie. 
Try: La Gong Fu, 57 Yajiazhai Lu, near Changshou Lu 杨家宅路57号, 长寿路

OystersGrilled oysters (炒生蚝).

4. Grilled oysters (烤生蚝)

Shanghai is sea food foodie heaven and we have an entire street dedicated to oysters, mussels, scallops, crawfish and abalone (and for cheap!) to prove it. Every vendor on Shouning Lu has a slightly different take on three preparations of grilled oyster: oysters with black bean sauce, oysters with chili oil and garlic, and wannabe French oysters in 'cheese' sauce. You really have to try each tiny shack to find your favorite. Luckily for you, Shouning Lu is open 24 hours a day.
Try: Han Ji Shao Chao (韩记烧烤), 26 Shouning Lu, near Xizang Nan Lu 寿宁路26号, 近西藏南路

5. Chicken of the fields: aka frog (田鸡)

Don’t be grossed out. Below that slimy skin lies meat that is superior to chicken in every way. Frog is the soulmate to your cold Tsingtao, and Shanghai’s four-legged answer to the buffalo wing. It’s cheap and plentiful and, because of these qualities, we’ve found that virtually every restaurant line cook can whip up a masterful dish of frog. Our favorite is the gan shao niu wa at Xiang Li Ba Ba: a large pizza-sized plate piled high with spicy, tender frog, crisped rice cake nubs, potato slices and bamboo. If you're a beginner try the San Gu Bullfrog.
Try: Xiang Li Ba Ba (香里巴巴), 217 Hongqiao Lu, near Gongcheng Lu 虹桥路217号 近工程路, +86 21 64483777. For novices try: San Gu Bullfrog, 882 Zhaojiabang Lu 肇家浜路882号, +86 21 6469 4611; or, 3 Fenyang Lu 汾阳路3号, +86 21 6466 6155

6. The M Pavlova

Correction, the famous M Pavlova. Forget cocktails, trade in your yuan for a sweet slice of this meringue torte heaped with tropical fruit and glazed with tangy passion fruit sauce. Dry and crispy on the outside and soft like angels once you dig in, the M Pavlova is far tastier than any beaten egg whites have the right to taste. Read our Another 51 Facts you might not know about Shanghai article and you'll find that in March 2010 M on the Bund sold 694 Pavlovas, for which 1,250 egg whites were used. 
Try: M on the Bund, 7/F, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu near Guangdong Lu 中山东一路外滩5号7楼, 近广东路, +86 21 6350 9988, www.m-onthebund.com

stinky tofuStinky tofu (臭豆腐).

7. Stinky tofu (臭豆腐)

Certainly the smelliest food in the city, stinky tofu -- fermented and plenty offensive to the nose -- is one of Shanghai’s favorite snacks, and one many foreigners love to hate. Our view: you can't hate it until you give it a try. Deep fried and doused with soybean paste and red chili sauce, the crispy outer shell of the oddly mild food (considering its stench) encases crumbly and almost sweet tofu. You know you’ve become a true Shanghailander when you smell this stuff from two blocks away and start running towards it -- and learn that the really good stuff doesn't actually smell that bad. 
Try: Yunnan Nan Lu, near Yan’an Lu 云南南路, 近延安路

8. Choose your own adventure… in seafood

If you haven’t visited the Tongchuan Lu seafood market strip, go. Go now. This is the place to test and refine your haggling skills as hunger will drive you to a new level of motivation. Once you amass a selection of fresh seafood (you can buy everything from scallops to sea cucumber at restaurant prices if you negotiate, or take a Shanghainese speaking friend), take your seafood to any of the restaurants on the strip. The chefs will cook it all up so you can devour everything on the spot. For more on Tongchuan market, check out our guide.
Try: Tongchuan Lu Shanghai Fish Market (Tongchuan Lu Haixian Shichang), Tongchuan Lu, near Caoyang Lu 铜川路,近曹杨路口, open 24 hours

9. “The chicken has no sexual experience” (童子鸡)

We appreciate tongzi ji, or young chicken, if only for hilariously awkward menu translations like the one above and contributions from the local vernacular ("tongzi ji" is slang for a younger man dating an older woman, or another name for a male virgin). Tongzi ji are eaten for their especially tender meat, which is stir-fried with green peppers or edamame (the Japanese don't get to keep them all to themselves) or made into a medicinal soup. 
Try: Tang Yun Qing Feng (唐韵秦风), 4/F, 580 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Lingling Lu 天钥桥路580号4楼, 近零陵路, +86 21 6161 9788

Hanging roast duckHanging roast duck.

10. Hanging roasted duck

This is the 'Hai’s answer to Peking Duck: honey glazed roasted ducks found at almost any wet market in the city. We love getting a bird and watching the butcher go to town on it, quickly and near seamlessly chopping through bones and deploying the juicy pieces into Styrofoam containers. This duck is great in soups, on rice, with noodles -- heck, we love it right out of its carryout box.
Try: Yunnan Nan Lu, near Yan’an Lu 云南南路, 近延安路

11. Caramel strawberry kebabs (糖草莓串)

A descendant of the classic Sweet Hawthorne Kebab (糖葫芦), the appearance of these ripe, crunchy-sweet strawberry kebabs in vendor stalls announces "Spring is here" to Shanghai. Get these strawberries at the height of their season in May. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a vendor who will glaze them before your eyes in a wok full of bubbling sugar. 
Try: Fruit kebab vendors usually congregate in front of malls, park entrances or in tourist locations. Check for freshness and go for the ones that are individually bagged if available.

12. Raw, drunken crab (醉蟹)

Don’t let those translucent crab parts and globs of orange roe intimidate you. Drunken crab, made with spotted sea crabs, is a must-try for its textures: the flesh is yielding like cold sashimi, the roe creamy but firm. The complex flavor of Shaoxing wine can be bit of an acquired taste (especially in drunken crab, the flavor stands out like a nudist on a subway) so try it first with a bit of rice or porridge. 
Try: Jesse Restaurant, multiple locations, 41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Lu 天平路41号近淮海路, +86 21 6282 9260. Can’t get a reservation at Jesse’s? Try Xiao Nan Guo’s version. Xiao Nan Guo, multiple locations, 214 Huanghe Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu 黄河路214号, 近北京西路, +86 21 3208 9777, www.xiaonanguo.com.cn

ShengjianbaoShengjianbao (生煎包).

13. Shengjianbao (生煎包)

What’s not to love about a fried fatty pork dumpling? Not a whole lot. This local snack made our list of Fattiest foods in Shanghai ... that we'll never give up. Yang’s is of course the city’s go-to place for this sage-spiced and greasy snack. Even though Yang’s has moved out of its Wujiang Lu stall, fear not, as they can still be found on the newer (west) side of the same street. We love these so much, we’ve even taken a class at the Chinese Cooking Workshop to learn how to fry the perfect ‘bao.
Try: Yang’s Fried Dumpling, multiple locations, 2/F, 269 Wujiang Lu, near Taixing Lu 吴江路269号2楼, 近泰兴路, +86 21 6267 6025. To learn to cook your own shengjianbao (and just about any other Chinese food), check out the classes at Chinese Cooking Workshop

14. Element Fresh’s miso yogurt dressing

This dressing is liquid ecstasy. The first few times we tried the Laffa Bread Salad, we immediately fell addict to its miso yogurt dressing. Now when we order the salad, we don’t think twice before asking our waiter for an extra serving of it, just so we have enough to dunk the laffa bread into. Who said anything about eating a salad because it’s healthy?
Try: Element Fresh, multiple locations, 1/F Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu, 南京西路1376号, 近西康路, +86 21 6279 8682, www.elementfresh.com

15. Niangao (年糕)

Soft and chewy sliced Shanghai-style niangao is an old-school treat that remains a salvation for bachelors cooking dinner as well as a popular lunch order at local noodle joints. Stir-fried with leeks and pork, or for special occasions mixed with pieces of hairy crab in a sweet brown concoction, niangao is freaking delicious. We love the sweet, gooey, chewy hairy crab niangao at Wang Jia Sha.
Try: Wang Jia Sha (王家沙), 805 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu 南京西路805号, 近石门一路, +86 21 6253 0404

Mapo doufuMapo doufu (麻婆豆腐).

16. Mapo doufu (麻婆豆腐)

Although mapo doufu is technically a Sichuan dish, Shanghai has adopted the tantalizingly spicy creation as its own, as it can be found in most restaurants here. As legend has it, an outcasted pockmarked-faced old lady (mapo) created this dish featuring the tongue numbing huajiao -- flower pepper. Just make sure to eat it with a bowl of rice, a tall glass of milk or, more likely, a cold Tsingtao, as this stuff can be tortuously, though addictively, hot. 
Try: Spicy Joint (辛香汇), multiple locations, 4/F, Dabaishu Creative Garden, 930 Quyang Lu, near Handan Lu and Tengke Lu 曲阳路930号大柏树创意园4楼, 近邯郸路, 腾克路, +86 21 6470 2777; also see our Chopstick Challenge: Mapo Doufu for the best three mapo doufu dishes in the city

17. Squirrel shaped Mandarin fish (松子鲑鱼)

Also known as sweet and sour mandarin fish, this dish originates in Suzhou, a short hop from Shanghai. At first just an order for Shanghai-ning on holiday there, it became so popular that it was put it on the menu of every fancy Chinese restaurant in Shanghai. The Mandarin fish is scored, deep-fried into its distinctive 'squirrel' shape and covered with a tomato sauce, shrimp, pine nuts and bamboo. 
Try: Mei Wei Zhai (美味斋), 246 Shandong Zhong Lu, near Hankou Lu 山东中路246号, 近汉口路,+86 21 6322 3250

18. Late night street noodles

Nothing better concludes a great night out than a hearty bowl of stick-to-your-ribs street noodles of virtually every variety. Stir-fried with greens, sprouts, spam or pork, an egg and a liberal amount of MSG and sugar, there is actually never a bad time to enjoy these. And even with a few former famed foodie streets closed, these carts can still be found at night dotting lanes and streets throughout the city. 
Try: One of the best late-night noodle locations is found on the corner outside Cantina Agave, Changle Lu, near Fumin Lu 长乐路, 近富民路

Shanghai bruchShanghai decadent brunch.

19. Hedonistic Champagne brunch

Nothing illustrates Shanghai decadence better than waiters pouring bubbly and a spread of 100 plus dishes from all over the world. We’re talking hours of epic eating here. Partaking in a humongous buffet with endless Champagne is something that you need to experience at least once in Shanghai, especially when there are Bund views involved. Luckily, every almost five-star hotel does a version of the Champagne brunch. 
Try: See 'Ridiculously extravagant brunches' in ourShanghai brunch guide

20. Kababs

If it’s a food, we’ll put it on a stick and grill it for you in Shanghai. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even at 3am, kabobs are always a safe bet for something savory and delicious. Whether we’re eating squid, lamb or green bean kababs, they always make for a great snack. Our favorites are the Xinjiang yangrou chuan'r (羊肉串) -- mainly because the pieces of skewered meat are alternately pierced with a piece of fat and topped with a delicious cumin-based seasoning mix.
Try: Friday Muslim Market, Changde Lu in between Aomen Lu and Yichang Lu 常德路, 近澳门路和宜昌路

21. Red jujubes stuffed with glutinous rice, Xin Tai Ran (心太软)

The name “Xin Tai Ran” is a play off a classic Chinese pop song about a soft-hearted woman. In this case, the soft heart is a rice cake -- as in sweet jujubes stuffed with mochi and served in a sweet glaze. Most Shanghainese restaurants offer some version (only in Shanghai with our sweet-loving palates would this dish scream “appetizer!” not “dessert!”). The best ones are freshly prepared when you order.
Try: Jesse Restaurant, multiple locations, 41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Lu 天平路41号近淮海路, +86 21 6282 9260. If you can't get into Jesse's try 1221’s honey glazed version: 1221, 1221 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu 延安西路1221号, 近番禺路, +86 21 6213 6585

Hiary crabsHairy crab.

22. Hairy crab (大闸蟹)

This species of crab is so popular, many fake versions of the Shanghai crustacean can be found when it’s not even hairy crab season (which is in autumn). Believed to have the cooling yin (of yin and yang) effect on the body, the female crab roe is where it’s at (although this is the subject of pretty heated local debates), and is a seriously good eat. Don't be intimated if you don't know how to deconstruct this delicacy, check out our 'how to' guide or ask the waitstaff at the restaurant for help. 
Try: Tongchuan Seafood Market (pick a vendor, then pick any restaurant and they’ll steam these up for you). For a more relaxing meal try: Wang Bao He (王宝和酒家), multiple locations, 603 Fuzhou Lu, near Zhejiang Zhong Lu 福州路603号, 近浙江中路, +86 21 6322 3673; or Xinguang Jiu Jia, 512 Tianjin Lu, near Guangxi Bei Lu 天津路512号, 近广西北路, +86 21 6322 3978

23. Muslim hand pulled noodles

What’s better than noodle soup? Easy -- noodle soup where the waiter creates the noodles in front of your eyes. Flash-boiled in a savory broth for a mere instant, these noodles will surely hit the spot. The ball of dough is quickly stretched, twisted, and then stretched again until perfectly thin noodles are produced.
Try: Although you can get these noodles on almost any corner, a favorite of ours is Niudawan Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodle, 560 Tianmu Lu, near Hengfeng Lu 天目路560号, 近恒丰路, +86 21 6317 7117

24. Water boiled fish in chili (水煮鱼)

The 'water boiled' part of this dish's name is total deception; the water is actually oil. We’re talking tender slices of fish (often wild catfish) completely suspended in a massive bowl of chili oil, with bean sprouts and more dried red chilies just in case. Don’t be intimidated, most of the versions of this famous Sichuan dish are spicy but bearable. Do go to a reputable restaurant so you don’t run the risk of ingesting gutter oil. 
Try: Spicy Joint, multiple locations (all require advanced reservations, but it's worth it),www.xinxianghui.com

Braised porkHongshaorou (红烧肉).

25. Hongshao rou (红烧肉)

Love Hongshao rou? You have that in common with Chairman Mao and 90 percent of people ever to try this dish of soy sauce braised pork belly. A dinner time staple, the amount of hongshao rou cooked each night in home kitchens and restaurants in Shanghai is surely epic. Our favorite version is the signature hongshao rou from Jesse Restaurant, which comes in a rather sweet, soy glaze and just the right fat to meat ratio (clearly more meat than fat). It’s a secret recipe, but look carefully and you’ll notice they add diced cuttlefish to offset the porkiness of the meat. Classic. 
Try: Jesse Restaurant, multiple locations, 41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Lu 天平路41号, 近淮海路, +86 21 6282 9260

26. Mini wontons in soup (小馄饨)

Piping hot bowls of tiny wontons suspended in broth, garnished with cilantro, dried shrimp and strips of egg regularly start off our morning. As you head out for the day you can find wet market grannies-cum-xiao wonton sellers making these little treats rapid fire by clasping mini-wrappers and minced pork together in their hands. 
Try: Cheng Xin (盛兴点心店), 528 Shunchang Lu, near Yongnan Lu 顺昌路528号, 近永年路, +86 21 5306 7325

27. Drunken chicken (醉鸡)

Forget enjoying a meal while a bit inebriated, some of the best foods in Shanghai have already beat you to it. Of all the drunken varieties of dishes in Shanghai, we love the cold dish of drunken chicken the most. After the chicken is steamed and chopped into pieces, it then marinates overnight in a bowl of punishingly strong baijiu, or other hard liquors. Served chilled, the poultry is a heady, salty delight.
Try: Chun, 124 Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Lu 进贤路124号, 近茂名南路, +86 6256 0301

High TeaShanghai high tea.

28. Afternoon Tea

There is afternoon tea, and then there is High Tea in the afternoon Shanghai style. Shanghai's elite, of course, prefer the latter. As one of the greatest gifts to Shanghai from the Brits, High Tea at the Peninsula’s ceremonious Tea at the Lobby is both decadent and delicious. Complete with the 18 piece Lobby Strings, the light meal boasts a collection of Peninsula Signature Teas, which are best complemented by the lavish selection of finger sandwiches, breads and petit fours. Many thanks to the Duchess of Bedford for introducing us to this traditional and fashionable -- not to mention pretty darn aristocratic -- experience.
Try: Peninsula Hotel Shanghai, Bund 32, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu 中山东一路32号,近北京东路, +86 21 2327 2888

29. Whisk hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows

Before Whisk, we couldn’t find decent hot chocolate in Shanghai, much less hot chocolate with adorable, chubby homemade marshmallows. So although Whisk has gotten a lot of flack from neglected customers, we still wax nostalgic about those oh-so-holdable mugs and that thick chocolate soup though its become easier to get a cuppa at hof and Charmant. Still, here’s credit where credit is due. 
Try: Whisk Choco Café, 1250 Huaihai Lu near Huating Lu, 淮海路1250号, 近华亭路, +86 21 54047770; for the hot chocolate new players, try hof (30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 思南路30号, 近淮海中路) and Charmant (1414 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu 淮海中路1414号, 近复兴西路)

30. Shanghai smoked fish (熏鱼)

We already love their clothes, but another reason we love Shanghai Tang is because of their modern interpretation of the classic Shanghai liangcai (cold dish) Shanghai smoked fish, offered on their weekend brunch menu at the café. Delicately fried, the cold fish is bathed in a sweet and savory brown sauce and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.
Try: Shanghai Tang Cafe, 2-3/F, 333 Huangpi Nan Lu, near Taicang Lu 黄陂南路333号2-3楼, 近太仓路, +86 21 6377 3333

Shanghai crawfishCrawfish.

31. Crawfish (小龙虾)

Here we are, back at Shouning Lu for a food that Shanghailanders go crazy for in the summer: crawfish. The 35-plus degree weather is just not bearable without these weekend buckets of crawfish tossed with chili consumed alongside cold, cheap Tsingtao with lots of friends chowing down as well. Don’t be scared to sit eye-to-eye with locals as you challenge them to a crawfish de-shelling battle on their own turf.
Try: Any place on Shouning Lu, but we like 17 Shouning Lu, near Xizang Lu 寿宁路17号龙虾馆,近西藏路, +86 21 6328 0098

32. Hi-Chews

So simple yet so delicious, you can buy Hi Chews -- the irresistibly sweet, chewy fruit flavored candies -- at almost any Shanghai convenience store. Out of the half dozen or so flavors, we cannot bring ourselves to stop chewing the peach flavor. Better than any Starburst, the peach is the perfect blend of sweetness and artificial goodness that makes us come back for more. And more.
Try: Available at Family Marts, City Shops, and Carrefours around town

33. Shanghai-style fried noodles

Shanghai cumian -- a thickly cut pasta -- is Shanghai’s gift to the wondrous world of noodles. Served at most dumpling joints, Shanghai-style fried noodles are usually stir-fried with beef, chicken or pork (sometimes even shrimp) then cabbage and onions. As in most Shanghainese cuisine, a soy sauce-base is mandatory. Slurped up at most restaurants in the city, there is no shortage of this dish. The best, though, are found at Ming Ming Can Ting.
Try: Ming Ming Can Ting, 269 Beihai Lu, near Xizang Zhong Lu 北海路269号,近西藏中路, +86 21 6352 5967

Lemon, Mr & Mrs BundPaul Pairet’s lemon & lemon tart.

34. Paul Pairet’s lemon & lemon tart

This tart is unbelievable. It is a candied lemon stuffed with a lemon sorbet, a lemon curd, and vanilla Chantilly. It's then served with lemon sable. With a single pierce of the rind, the lusciously tart and sweet filling oozes out -- and the three-day process to make it has been completed. Don’t even bother trying to share it, you'll end up being caught in the middle of a bitter spoon war. This is the single best dessert in the city.
Try: Mr & Mrs Bund, Bund 18, 6/Floor, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu 中山东一路18号外滩18号6楼, 近南京东路, +86 21 6323 9898

35. Congee (粥)

There is a place you can always count on to help with a porridge craving: Dingxi Lu. Although this food street houses a variety of good eats from across China, every restaurant, whether they specialize in Cantonese, Shanghainese or any other type of cuisine, also does congee. Chaoshan Sha Guo, a must-visit spot for seafood congee lovers, will let you pick out your food as it swims in the tanks. Then they cook it up in a big, earthenware pot and voila -- creamy, umami-licious congee.
Try: Chaoshan Sha Guo (潮汕砂锅粥馆), 805 Dingxi Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu 定西路805号, 近延安西路, +86 21 6282 5882, open 24 hours

36. All-you-can-eat Japanese buffets

Shanghai has the best Japanese buffets in China by far, thanks in large part to the Japanese expat community in Hongqiao, which we’re told is the largest in the world outside of Japan. The quality and variety of the sashimi, sushi, tempura and izakaya-style snacks available here is astounding (and also greatly vary in quality), especially considering that sushi buffet in Beijing translates to a sorry spread of California rolls plus fake juice. All-you-can-eat-and-drink deals usually cost an average of RMB 150 per person.
Try: These Japanese food deals can be found at almost any Japanese restaurant in download, for one in closer to the Japanese community try Chu Hua (初花), 1446 Hongqiao Lu, Gubei Wan Hotel, near Gubei Lu 虹桥路1446号古北湾大酒店3楼, 近古北路, +86 21 6219 1910

Lion's head meatball,

37. Lion head meatballs (狮子头)

What’s not to like about giant Chinese meatballs? Lion head meatballs might not be as big as a lion’s head, but they are delicious anyway, sort of like the foie gras of meatballs with indulgent crab meat and a creamy texture. The delicate, porky nuances of these meatballs are quite irresistible with rice (lots of it). Bet the Italians are kicking themselves that they didn't think of this one. 
Try: Hai Jin Si (海金滋), 240 Jinxian Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu 进贤路240号, 近陕西南路, +86 21 6255 0371

38. Green onion pancakes (葱油饼)

The best green onion pancakes come from little old grannies (and grandpas) who get up at 6am to cook, knead and slap these petite bing in the city’s many nongtang. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across such a person in the morning (the long lines heading into residential buildings are a hint), make sure to pick up a green onion pancake.
Try: Ah Niang Cong You Bing (阿婆葱油饼), Lane 578 Xiangyang Nan Lu near Zhaojiabang Lu, 襄阳南路578弄口, 近肇嘉浜路

39. Dry fried green beans (炒青豆)

To add a bit of green to most Chinese tables, many Shanghai restaurant-goers grab a plate of these delicious and dry-fried beans. Sauteed with vibrant red chilies and ground pork, these veggies are then lightly tossed with soy sauce and a touch of sesame oil. Tan, a regular at the Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, tells us he just “can’t have a meal without this dish.” It boasts two of Shanghai’s favorite ingredients: it’s got sugar and spice…and everything nice.
Try: Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, 2/F, 269 Wujiang Lu, near Metro Line 2, Nanjing Xi Lu Station, exit 4 吴江路269号4楼, 近地铁2号线南京西路站4号出口

40. Portuguese egg tarts (蛋挞)

We love Portuguese style egg tarts, and in Shanghai, Lillian Cake Shop is synonymous with this eternally popular pastry. And with the motto: “We probably have the best egg tarts in town,” who can resist this sweet treat? Lillian does consistently tasty Portuguese style egg tarts with soft, flaky crusts and a filling just like crême brûlée. They fly off the shelves after 5pm during rush hour. Plus, they seem to be present on every busy downtown corner (the cause of Shanghai's eternal traffic jams or sweet relief? Something we'll continue to ponder). 
Try: Lillian Cake Shop, multiple locations, 988 Nanjing Xi Lu 南京西路988号, +86 21 6218 9680






我們剛剛得到這個一出的方式先自上海最喜愛的食物沒有列表(它是出部分11最好的上海小吃  列表)將永遠是不完整的提及我國著名的湯餃,小籠包的。餃子,其微妙捏包裝內巧妙地隱藏了它的湯,已經達到了邪教般的狂熱在這個城市。儘管它燃燒的新手餃子吃的嘴和舌頭(注:你必須刺破餃子皮,讓出蒸汽,然後鏟的小籠包下來之前啜食湯慢),我們只是不能沒有這個上海的經典。我們喜歡它這麼多,事實上,我們甚至採取了上海的幾個小籠包之旅。為了你自己的小籠包之旅的嘗試:柏在上海的小籠包騎自行車


列為19號我們的名單上  50個理由,為什麼上海是世界第一的城市,這些脫落的非骨筋是因為肉質因為有嫩。嬌聲紅燒醬油,這些把那些微型肋骨開胃無地自容。而且,在沒有那些隨處可見的開胃菜中發現的小骨頭,在這些實肋肉可吸入在幾秒鐘的事。嘗試:滴水洞,多個地點2 / F,56茂名南路,近長樂路茂名南路56號,近長樂路2樓,+86 21 6253 2689


很少有真正的愛茄子他們來中國之前,但一旦在這裡,幾乎每個人的皈依這種紫色的蔬菜。所有在這個城市所提供的茄子菜,這酣暢淋漓的蔬菜的紅燒版本是迄今為止最可口。燉紹酒,醬油,醋,蒜,姜,糖,辣椒,有時甚至豬肉,這個上海最喜歡的已成為主食菜單項在大多數餐館。它擁有的鹹味,甜味和savoriness的完美組合-我們不覺得很內疚吃它,因為它是一個素食主義者。  嘗試:香格里拉龔敷,57 Yajiazhai路近長壽路楊家宅路57號,長壽路





不要被票房出來。下面是粘糊糊的皮膚就在於肉是優於雞在各個方面。青蛙是心心相印你的感冒青島和上海的四條腿的答案水牛翼。它的廉價和豐富,而且因為這些特質,我們發現,幾乎每家餐廳廚師行可以掀起青蛙的高超菜。我們最喜歡的是甘紹牛娃在李翔捌捌:大比薩餅大小的板堆高辣,嫩蛙,皺波狀年糕的小塊,土豆片和竹子。如果你是一個初學者嘗試新顧牛蛙。嘗試:李響捌捌(香里巴巴),217虹橋路,近恭城路虹橋路217號近工程路,+86 21 64483777對於新手嘗試:三顧牛蛙,882肇嘉浜路肇家浜路882號,+86 21 6469 4611; 或者,3汾陽路汾陽路3號,+86 21 6466 6155


校正,著名的 M帕夫洛娃。在你的元算了雞尾酒,貿易為這個酥皮果仁蛋糕堆滿了熱帶水果和釉面與濃郁的百香果醬的甜蜜片段。乾燥,外脆和軟像天使,一旦你挖的M帕夫洛娃是遠遠超過任何毆打蛋清要品嚐美味的權利。請閱讀我們的  另一個51的事實你可能不知道的關於上海  的文章,你會發現,2010年3月米氏西餐廳賣694 Pavlovas,為此1,250蛋清被使用。嘗試:米氏西餐廳,7 /樓,5中山山東一路近廣東路中山東一路外灘5號7樓,近廣東路,+86 21 6350 9988,網站www.m-onthebund.com







我們讚賞桐梓吉,或年輕的雞,如果只為歡快的尷尬菜單翻譯就像上面的那個和貢獻從本地白話(“桐梓記”是俚語,意為一個年輕的男人約會的老年婦女,或其他名稱的處女男) 。桐梓姬被吃掉他們尤其是肉質細嫩,這是炒青椒或毛豆(日本不要讓他們全部自理)或製成藥材湯。嘗試:唐韻清豐(唐韻秦風),4 /樓天鑰橋路580號,近零陵路天鑰橋路580號4樓,近零陵路,+86 21 6161 9788







不要讓那些半透明的蟹部分和橙色魚子水珠恐嚇你。醉螃蟹,有斑點的海螃蟹做,是一個必須嘗試為它的紋理,將肉是產生像冷生魚片,魚子奶油卻堅定。紹興酒的複雜的味道可以是後天的味道位(尤其是在酒醉蟹,味道脫穎而出像在地鐵裸體主義者),所以第一次嘗試用一點米飯或粥。試試:吉士酒家,多個位置, 41天平路,近淮海路天平路41號近淮海路,+86 21 6282 9260。無法獲取預訂傑西的?嘗試小南國的版本。小南國,多個位置,214黃河路近北京西路黃河路214號,近北京西路,+86 21 3208 9777,www.xiaonanguo.com.cn



什麼是不愛一個油炸肥膩的豬肉餃子?不是一大堆。這個地方的小吃了我們的名單Fattiest食品在上海  ......我們永遠不會放棄。楊的當然是城市的去的地方這個聖人,五香和油膩的零食。儘管楊的已經走出了吳江路擺攤的,不要害怕,因為他們仍然可以在同一條街上的新(西)側發現。我們愛這些這麼多,我們甚至採取了類在中國烹飪工作坊,學習如何炒完美的“寶。嘗試:楊炸餃子,多個地點2 / F,269吳江路,近泰興市金侶吳江路269 ​​號2樓,近泰興路,+86 21 6267 6025。要學會做飯自己shengjianbao(以及幾乎任何其他中國菜),檢查出班中國烹飪工作坊


該敷料是液態搖頭丸。前幾次我們嘗試了拉法麵包沙拉,我們立刻就上癮其醬酸奶醬。現在,當我們為了沙拉,我們不認為兩次要求我們的服務員為它額外投放之前,只是讓我們有足夠的扣籃的拉法麵包成。誰說過任何關於吃沙拉,因為它是健康的?嘗試:新元素,多個位置,1 /女性上海中心,南京西路1376號,近西康路,南京西路1376號,近西康路,+86 21 6279 8682,www.elementfresh.com


柔軟耐嚼片上海式年糕是一個老派的治療仍然是一個救贖的單身漢做飯,以及在當地的麵條關節流行的午餐訂單。煸炒韭菜,豬肉,或與大閘蟹在甜美的棕色藥汁混合件特殊的場合,年糕真是太好吃。我們愛的甜蜜,粘稠,有嚼勁毛蟹年糕在王家沙。嘗試:王家沙(王家沙),805南京西路,近石門一路南京西路805號,近石門一路,+86 21 6253 0404



雖然麻婆豆腐是技術上的四川菜,上海採用了誘人辣創建它自己的,因為它可以在這裡大多數餐館被發現。由於傳說,一個outcasted麻子臉老太太(馬坡)創造了這個菜特色的舌頭麻木花轎-花胡椒。。只要確保有碗飯吃,一個高大一杯牛奶,或者更可能的是,感冒青啤,因為這東西可以是曲折,雖然使人上癮,熱試:辛香匯(辛香匯),多個位置,4 /樓大柏樹創意園,930曲陽路近邯鄲路和Tengke路曲陽路930號大柏樹創意園4樓,近邯鄲路,騰克路,+86 21 6470 2777; 也看到我們的筷子挑戰:麻婆豆腐  的最好的三麻婆豆腐菜餚在城市


也被稱為糖醋鱖魚,這道菜起源於蘇州,距上海一個短跳。起初只是一個為上海寧度假有秩序,它變得如此受歡迎,它把它的每一個花哨的中國餐廳在上海的菜單上。鱖魚是得分,炸到其獨特的“松鼠”的形狀和覆蓋著番茄醬,蝦,松子和竹子。嘗試:梅衛翟(美味齋),246山東中路,近漢口路山東中路246號,近漢口路,+86 21 6322 3250


閒來無事總結一個偉大的夜晚比一碗豐盛的幾乎每一個品種的粘到你的排骨街道麵條。煸炒青菜,豆芽,垃圾郵件或豬肉,雞蛋和味精和糖的寬鬆量,其實是從來沒有一個壞的時間去享受這些。甚至與關閉的前幾個著名的美食家的街道,這些車仍然可以在夜間點睛的小巷和街道在城市中找到。  嘗試:一個最好的深夜面的位置上Cantina的龍舌蘭,長樂路外的角落被發現,近富民路長樂路,近富民路



沒有說明上海頹廢比服務員澆注香檳更好地與來自世界各地的100加菜餚。我們正在談論的史詩飲食的時間在這裡。單打獨鬥在一個巨大的自助無盡的香檳是,你需要經歷至少一次在上海的東西,尤其是當有涉及外灘美景。幸運的是,幾乎每一個五星級酒店 ​​做一個版本的香檳早午餐的。嘗試:請參閱我們的“荒唐奢侈的早午餐” 上海早午餐指南


如果它是一個食品,我們把它一棒,燒烤店為您在上海。早餐,午餐,晚餐,甚至在凌晨3點,串燒始終是一個安全的賭注的東西可口,味道鮮美。無論我們吃魷魚,羊肉或綠豆燒烤(Kabab),他們總是為一個偉大的小吃。我們最喜歡的是新疆yangrou chuan'r(羊肉串) -主要是因為串燒肉的片交替刺穿了這塊肥肉,並淋上美味的孜然為基礎的調味料。嘗試:週五穆斯林市場,常德路中澳門路與宜昌路常德路之間,近澳門路和宜昌路


“欣泰然”這個名字是一出戲了約一個心軟的女人一個典型的中國流行歌曲。在這種情況下,軟心臟是一個年糕-中塞滿了糯米團和一個甜蜜的釉擔任甜棗。大多數上海菜館提供一些版本(僅在上海,我們的甜蜜,愛的口味將這道菜尖叫“開胃菜!”不“甜點!”)。當您以最好的新鮮烹製。試試:吉士酒家,多個位置,41天平路近淮海路天平路41號近淮海路,+86 21 6282 9260如果你不能進入傑西的嘗試1221的蜂蜜釉面版本:1221年,1221延安西路近番禺路延安西路1221號,近番禺路,+86 21 6213 6585



本種螃蟹是如此受歡迎,當它甚至不是大閘蟹的季節(這是在秋季)在上海甲殼類動物的許多假的版本都可以找到。相信有冷卻陰(陰陽),對身體的影響,雌蟹黃是它的AT(雖然這是很標的當地激烈的辯論),是一個認真做好吃的。不要暗示,如果你不知道如何解構這種美味,看看我們' 如何'指南或要求名服務員在餐廳幫忙。嘗試:銅川海鮮市場(選擇一個供應商,然後隨便選的餐廳和他們將這些蒸汽為您)。對於一個更輕鬆的餐試:王保他(王寶和酒家),多個位置,603福州號,近浙江中路福州路603號,近浙江中路,+86 21 6322 3673; 或新光救駕,天津512號,近廣西北路天津路512號,近廣西北路,+86 21 6322 3978


有什麼比麵條湯好?易-麵湯,其中服務員會在你眼前的麵條。閃存煮的香噴噴的肉湯僅僅瞬間,這些面一定會擊中當場。麵團的球被迅速拉長,扭曲,然後再次拉長,直到完美細麵條的生產。嘗試:雖然你可以得到這些麵條在幾乎任何一個角落,我們的一個最喜歡的是Niudawan蘭州手拉麵,560天目路附近恆豐路天目路560號,近恆豐路,+86 21 6317 7117


這個菜的名字的'水煮'的部分是總的欺騙; 水實際上是油。我們正在談論的魚(經常野生鯰魚)的招標切片完全懸浮在一個巨大的碗辣椒油,豆芽多干紅辣椒,以防萬一。不要被嚇倒,這最有名的四川菜的版本是辣,但可以忍受。不要去有信譽的餐廳,所以你不跑攝入陰溝油的風險。嘗試:辛香匯,多個位置(都需要提前預約,但它是值得的),www.xinxianghui.com



愛紅燒肉?您有共同之處毛主席和90%的人曾經嘗試這個菜的醬油紅燒五花肉。晚宴時間短,的紅燒肉量每天晚上煮家庭廚房和餐廳在上海肯定是史詩。我們最喜歡的版本是從傑西餐廳,進來一個比較甜,醬油釉和恰到好處的脂肪,肉料比(比脂肪更清楚的肉)的簽名紅燒肉。這是一個秘方,但仔細看,你會發現他們增加切塊墨魚,以抵消肉的porkiness。經典嘗試:吉士酒家,多個位置,41天平路近淮海路天平路41號,近淮海路,+86 21 6282 9260


管道的微小餛飩懸浮在熱肉湯碗,配上香菜,幹蝦和雞蛋條定期開始我們的早晨。當你把頭伸出的一天,你可以找到街市阿媽暨孝餛飩賣家通過緊握的迷你包裝和肉碎一起在他們手中使這些小對待急速射擊。嘗試:鄭鑫(盛興點心店),528順昌路近永南路順昌路528號,近永年路,+86 21 5306 7325


忘記享受一餐,而有點醉醺醺的,一些在上海最好的食物已經打敗你吧。菜餚全部醉酒品種在上海,我們愛的醉雞涼菜之最。後雞是蒸,切成片,然後它在一碗punishingly強大的白酒,或其他烈性酒過夜marinates。在冷卻後飲用,家禽是一個令人興奮的,咸的喜悅。嘗試:春,進賢124號,近茂名路進賢路124號,近茂名南路,+86 6256 0301



有下午茶,再有就是下午茶,下午的上海風情。上海的精英,當然更喜歡後者。從英國人最偉大的禮物給上海的一個,下午茶在半島隆重茶在大堂既頹廢又美味。完成與18片大堂弦,光一頓吹噓半島簽名茶的集合,這是最好的豪華精選三明治,麵包,小蛋糕的補充。非常感謝貝德福德公爵夫人向我們介紹這種傳統與時尚-更不用說相當不錯的貴族-經驗。嘗試:半島酒店上海外灘32,中山東一路32號,近北京東路中山東一路32號,近北京東路,+86 21 2327 2888


打蛋器之前,我們無法找到像樣的熱巧克力在上海,要少得多的熱巧克力與可愛,胖乎乎的自製棉花糖。因此,儘管打蛋器已經從忽視客戶得到了很多宣傳,但我們仍然蠟懷念那些哦,所以,可保持杯子和那濃濃的巧克力湯,雖然它變得更容易獲得杯茶在霍夫和小城故事。不過,這裡的功勞,是因為。嘗試:拂巧克力咖啡廳,1250淮海路附近的華亭路,淮海路1250號,近華亭路,+86 21 54047770; 對於熱巧克力新玩家,嘗試霍夫(思南路30號,近淮海中路思南路30號,近淮海中路)和小城故事(1414淮海中路,近復興西路淮海中路1414號,近復興西路)


我們已經愛上自己的衣服,但我們愛上海騰的另一個原因是因為經典的上海靚彩(涼菜)他們的現代演繹上海熏魚,在咖啡館提供了他們的週末早午餐菜單上。嬌柔油炸,冷魚沐浴在甜味和鹹味的褐色醬和撒上烤芝麻。嘗試:上海騰咖啡館,2-3 /樓333黃陂南路,近太倉路黃陂南路333號2-3樓,近太倉路,+86 21 6377 3333



我們在這裡,回到壽寧路的食物,上海人發瘋的夏天:小龍蝦。這位35多度的天氣是不愜意不小龍蝦這些週末桶拌辣椒一起食用冷的,便宜的青島,有很多的朋友chowing跌。不要害怕坐眼睛對眼睛的當地人,你質疑他們的小龍蝦去砲擊戰在他們自己的地盤。嘗試:在壽寧路的任何地方,但我們喜歡17壽寧路近西藏路壽寧路17號龍蝦館,近西藏路,+86 21 6328 0098




上海cumian -一個厚厚地切麵食-是上海的禮物麵條的奇妙世界。供應最餃子接頭,上海式炒麵通常是炒牛肉,雞肉或豬肉(有時甚至是蝦),那麼白菜和洋蔥。在大多數上海菜,醬油基是強制性的。咕嚕咕嚕了在大多數餐館在城市,有這個菜不缺。最好的,不過,被發現在明燦明庭。嘗試:茗茗燦庭,北海269號,近西藏中路北海路269號,近西藏中路,+86 21 6352 5967

檸檬,和先生  Mrs Bund的保羅Pairet的檸檬和檸檬撻。


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有一個地方,你總是可以指望以幫助粥渴望:定西路。雖然這個美食街設有各種利好吃來自中國各地,每一個餐廳,他們是否擅長廣東話,上海話或任何其他類型的美食,也做粥。潮汕沙果,必到現場的海鮮粥愛好者,都會讓你挑選出你的食物,因為它游泳的坦克。然後,他們煮在一個大陶罐,瞧-奶油,鮮味-LICIOUS粥。嘗試:潮汕沙果(潮汕砂鍋粥館),805定西路近延安西路定西路805號,近延安西路,+86 21 6282 5882,24小時開放


上海有最好的日本自助餐在中國迄今為止,這在很大程度上歸功於對日本的外籍人士在上海虹橋,我們被告知是全世界最大的日本以外。這裡的生魚片,壽司,天婦羅和居酒屋風味小吃可在質量和品種是驚人的(也有很大不同的品質),特別是考慮到壽司自助餐在北京轉化為加州卷,加上假貨汁對不起蔓延。全友可以吃和飲料的交易成本通常平均每人150元。嘗試:這些日本食品交易可以在幾乎所有的日本料理店在下載中更接近日本社會中找到一個嘗試楚呼阿(初花),1446虹橋路,古北灣大酒店,靠近古北陸虹橋路1446號古北灣大酒店3樓,近古北路,+86 21 6219 1910



有什麼理由不喜歡巨大的中國肉丸?獅子頭肉丸可能不一樣大獅子的頭,但他們反正好吃,有點像肉丸與放縱的蟹肉和乳狀質地的鵝肝。這些肉丸的細膩,豬肉的細微差別都相當不可抗拒的飯(它的地段)。打賭的意大利人踢自己,他們沒有想到這一個。嘗試:海進矽(海金滋),240進賢路,靠近陝西南路進賢路240號,近陝西南路,+86 21 6255 0371




為了增加一點綠色中國大多數的表,很多上海餐廳觀眾抓住這些美味和幹豆角炒了一盤。炒與活力的紅辣椒和豬肉,這些蔬菜,然後輕輕拌醬油和少許香油。棕褐色,經常在南翔饅頭店,告訴我們他只是“不能吃飯沒有這個菜。”它擁有兩個上海最喜歡的成分:它有糖和香料...一切都很好。嘗試:南翔饅頭餐廳2 / F,269吳江路,靠近地鐵2號線南京西路站4號出口吳江路269號4樓,近地鐵2號線南京西路站4號出口


我們熱愛葡萄牙風格的蛋撻,並在上海,莉蓮餅屋的代名詞這永遠流行的糕點。並與座右銘:“我們大概有最好的蛋撻在城裡,”誰可以抗拒這甜蜜的對待?莉蓮確實一貫美味的葡萄牙風格的蛋撻軟,酥殼和就像焦糖布丁餡。他們飛了出去,貨架上後,下午5點下班高峰期。另外,他們似乎是存在於每一個繁忙的市中心角落(上海的永恆堵車或甜救濟事業的東西,我們將繼續思考?)。嘗試:莉蓮餅屋,多個位置,988南京西路南京西路988號,+86 21 6218 9680


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