Enjoying street food has always been a part of the plan when you are visiting a new place. Luckily, if you are planning on one to Shanghai, All-Know How is here to show you the 6 must-try Shanghai street food that you can not miss while visiting this beautiful city.
XIAO LONG BAO
First of all, if you are talking about Shanghai street food, you must taste Xiao Long Bao.
The word Xiao Long Bao means dumplings in a small cage. This dish is usually steamed on a thin layer of stencil inside a small steamer made of bamboo. Traditionally, Xiao Long Bao’s stuffing is pork. Later on, cooks add shrimps, seafood and vegetable to serve diners’ diverse appetite. The stuffing is wrapped in a thin and soft layer, which then melt when you eat. This almost transparent thin layer is sturdy enough to hold the meat soup. Enjoying this dish the Shanghai way require subtlety. You have to put the dumpling gently on a big spoon, and try not to break the layer so that the meat soup do not spread outside. After that, you pour some pink vinegar and place a small slice of ginger on top of the dumpling and slowly enjoy it.
We all must have been very familiar with stinky tofu through Chinese movies. When talking about Shanghai’s street food, this one cannot be left out.
The main ingredient of stinky tofu is soybean soaked in saline for half a month. This a very heavy smell fermented food, so not everyone finds it delicious. However, once you have become familiar with the smell of it, stinky tofu can be anyone’s favorite. Shanghai’s cook often fries and slice tofu into fitting square cubes then baste rich sauce on top of it.
Tea egg is widely served on the streets of Shanghai, form newsstand to grocery stores. Just like its name, egg tea is made of eggs boiled in green tea and soy sauce.
What interesting in this street food lies not only in its popularity and convenience but also in its look. The boiled and pared eggs appear to be just like small marbles on a dish.
This food is quite familiar to anyone who had tried Pho before since it usually comes with Pho as a side dish.
Bagel twist or hot cruller is also an iconic food in the breakfast in Shanghai. Although it is the same in the processing, people in Shanghai have this dish differently. In Shanghai, they have bagel twists together with hot soup or warm soymilk to gather enough energy for a new day.
SHANGHAI STYLE CRÉPE (JIAN BING)
The wrapper is made of powder, fried in a flat bottom pan until it becomes crunchy. For this reason, Jian Bing is known to be the “Shanghai style crepes” in the eyes of tourists.
Jian Bing or Shanghai style crepe is a type of street food favored by both the locals and tourists thanks to its unique flavor and its convenience. It is also quite easy and quick to make. After the wrapper is ready, the cook will add egg, scallion or sometimes minced meat (depends on the order of customers), then spread it out and add soy sauce. Finally, the cook will fold the rim of the crepe shipshape to serve the customers.
CONG YOU BING
Cong You Bing is flat scallion-stuffing rice donut. This is a type of pancake. However, people in Shanghai change it a little bit so that the pancake becomes thicker, tougher, having more layer and more spicy.
This dish is often used with soy sauce. The locals take this pancake either for breakfast or in the late afternoon.