Oh glorious dumplings! These little pieces of steamy heaven are the primary reason I would love to live in Shanghai. There are countless of places to enjoy a dumpling lunch in the city, but my favourites are Nanxiang Steamed Bun (valuable tip: go eat upstairs and avoid the long queues) and Din Tai Fung, both located in the Old Town. When it comes to dumplings in Shanghai, you must try Xiaolongbao -the famous soup dumpling that is drank with a straw!
2. Shanghai fried noodles
Shanghai fried noodles can be found almost at any restaurant in Shanghai. Many of the restaurants use Japanese udon noodles and stir-fry them with meat, bok choy and onion. I chose an option with shiitake mushrooms at a small restaurant near East Nanjing Road.
3. Stinky tofu
Stinky tofu, the king of street food! This street food is for the wild at heart adventure seekers, though for locals it is just a delicious quick snack on the go. If you have ever wondered about that strange smell near street vendors in China, it might just be stinky tofu. Stinky tofu is fermented tofu that just happens to have a strong odour, but don’t let that fool you! I tried this odd snack in Shanghai and actually think it tastes good with some spicy chili and coriander.
4. Milk tea
Ok, to be honest, this sweet milk tea with tapioca is originally from Taiwan. Shanghai just happens to love this delicious treat, so you can find it almost everywhere. My western tastebuds do find this drink bizarre, but it is worth giving a try unless you are afraid of sugar (I know I am)!
5. Tea eggs
Shanghai, you will never stop amazing me. How about some eggs boiled in soy sauce and green tea? Tea eggs are sold by street vendors and in all 7eleven stores as a quick snack. First the egg is pre-boiled, then cracked and boiled again in tea and sauce. While this delicacy may look a little oddball, it tastes divine.
Shanghai is a busy city, so you will find appetising snacks from all street corners. There seems to be sticks for all munchies, from tofu to corn and all kinds of meat. Dip your stick in one of the luscious chili and peanut sauces.
What are your favourite foods in China?