IN SHANGHAI IT IS NOT ABOUT WHERE YOU EAT, BUT WHAT YOU EAT. HERE ARE FOUR OF THE MOST POPULAR SHANGHAI DISHES.
Xiao Long Bao
The highly-talked about “soup dumplings” are the first things to try in Shanghai. The gelatin-rich dumpling contains a soup and pork filling and is enjoyed by dipping into vinegar. It can either be consumed by nibbling off a corner of the dough and sucking out the soup or by downing the whole thing in one go.
Cong You Bing
Also known as Scallion Pancakes are hands down, one of the best breakfast treats in Shanghai. The pancake is filled with scallions, fat pork and oil, then flattened and pan-fried for a flaky layer.
After a morning or afternoon walking out in the rainy, humid and at times cold November weather, nothing beats a bowl of warm wonton soup. Shanghai style wonton soup is different from other wontons in China. The stuffing is not made of fresh pork or shrimp, but solely of meat.
Peking duck is one of China’s most famous dishes for good reason. Specially-bred and fattened ducks are glazed and hung in a wood fire to roast until the browned skin is crisp and the meat succulent. It is served with a sweet-and-sour honey sauce or a light soy sauce, made from Pekin breed and dipped in fermented bean sauce.
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