The origin of street food had appeared since year ago while the restaurant had not created. At the present day, street food remains its popular in every part of the world including cosmopolitan Shanghai in China. Street food offers not only delicious taste but also wallet-friendly expense. Also, most of the street food sells both on the street side and in the restaurant. As a result, this brings us to do research of top 10 the best street food in Shanghai. All the below street foods are the most well-known in entire Shanghai, and those are the street foods that one must try.
1.Shengjianbao (生煎包: Pan-fried Bun):
These crispy pan-fried buns are filled with pork and broth, and garnished with fresh spring onion and sesame seeds. When these pan-fried buns get out of pan, their taste is totally delicious, but be cautious of hot soupy innards which will blister on your tongue. You can find this street food in Xiao Yang Sheng Jian which is the most famous fried bun restaurant in Shanghai, but the hot area to eat Shengjianbao in Shanghai is Bu Cuo Sheng Jian Wang on the corner of Fujian Zhong Lu and Guangdong Lu.
2.Xiaolongbao (小笼包: Soup/Steamed dumpling):
Xiaolongbao is similar to Shengjianbao in term of sharing similar ingredients. It is one of must-tried street food in Shanghai. These steam dumplings are filled with chicken, pork or cured ham. This delicious street food can be find everywhere in Shanghai whether in five-star restaurants or at the streets.
3.Chuanr (串儿: Kebabs):
Chuanr are small pieces of roasted neat on skewers. Traditionally, it is used lamb to roast. Now, it is common for all kinds of meat: chicken, pork or beef. The sweet bean sauce is brushed on Chuanr making it more tasteful. Also, it is topped with cumin seeds, salt, sesame seeds or sesame oil, dried pepper flakes, and sometimes with spicy sauce. If you do not like spicy taste, you can tell seller that “bu yao la” (不要辣 meaning no spicy taste). You can find this kind of street food in Yong ful Lu and Fuxiang Lu, Changle Lu and Fumin Lu.
4.Jian Bing (煎饼: pancake):
It is a breakfast food, made from mung bean flour added with an egg or two. Then, it is topped with pickled green, scallions and cilantro. The crispy pancake is extremely delicious and is full with taste. Its outlook is quite simple but nothing can describe about its taste. This delicious street food could find in alleyways and on the side streets; don’t miss to taste it.
5.Youtiao (油条: fried dough stick) and doujiang (豆浆: soymilk):
There is no taste of either Youtiao or Doujiang; it is bland. What is it delicious for? Simply, soymilk is added with sugar to be more delicious. And when eating Youtiao with Doujiang, you will find out an incredible taste. It is usually sold at the corner of Fengxian Lu and Taixiang Lu.
Chinese-style fried chicken): it is fried in a wok, added with dried chilies, scallions, ginger and garlic and sprinkled with sesame and five-spice powder. The combination of all ingredients gets into chicken, making it to be tasteful. The standard stand is at Fuxing Zhong Lu.
7.Chouduofu (臭豆腐: Stinky tofu):
Different from cheese, stinky tofu is made from fermented milk, vegetables and meats. Sometimes, stinky tofu is added with dried shrimp, amaranth greens, mustard greens, bamboo shoots and Chinese herbs. This kind of street food in being famous since the old era. Until now, stinky tofu is best known as a delicious street food even though its smell does not really attract to eat. Walking under the Wuning Lu Bridge, near the entrance to Carrefour in Shanghai, you will find stand on the side street selling stinky tofu.
8.Chayedan (茶叶蛋: Tea Egg):
It is simply just an egg boiled in green tea or black tea and soy sauce, but the mixture taste of tea with egg is very delicious. It is usually sold as a snack, and you find this street food almost everywhere on the side streets or in the small mall or in the restaurants.
9.Xiekehuang (蟹壳黄: crab-yellow pastry):
The shape of this round yellow pastry is similar to crab shell, so this appetite is called crab-yellow pastry. This kind of street food has two different tastes. One is salty, and another is sweet. The salty one is stuffed with shallot oil, pork, crab or shrimp, and the sweet one is filled with sugar, roses, sweetened bean paste or Chinese date paste. Try to taste this street food at Wuguan Bakery in Shanghai. You will be mouthwatering once.
10.Paiguniangao (排骨年糕: pork chop with rice cakes):
The last street food in the list is pork chop with rice cake. Glutinous rice flour with deep-fried pork chop and sweet soy sauce glaze are the main ingredients of pork chop with rice cakes. There are two famous restaurants selling this street food, and both of them offer a delicious taste of pork chop with rice cakes, so it is better to taste by your own at those restaurants. They are Shuguang (known as Xiao Chang Zhou) and Xian De Lai.
All the above list of street food in Shanghai is the best one to taste. You can find those street foods both at the street sides of Shanghai or in famous and non-famous restaurants in Shanghai; the above suggest places are the most popular place where sell the mouthwatering street foods of the certain types of street food. Hope you enjoy tasting them!