Shanghai is a magnificent, pulsing magnet for migrants from all over China, and that diversity has made it the country's street food epicenter. Let's just say it's enough to overwhelm the senses, albeit in the best possible way. These are 14 of the city's most popular, not-to-be-missed dishes, from local specialties to dishes born elsewhere in China but no less beloved by the city's locals.
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The standard spring roll in Shanghai is made with napa cabbage, cooked down for hours along with slivers of pork.
After spending three weeks crisscrossing all over Asia, here are the foods still haunting my dreams. Noodle soup breakfasts, pungent chili pastes, sweet-tangy mangosteens, and much more from Chengdu, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The jetlag? Totally worth it.
CaliBurger is the upcoming burger chain aiming to bring a taste of California-style fast food burgers to Shanghai and beyond—which would be fine if they weren't also trademarking In-N-Out's burger names outside of the US. As the legal battle continues, In-N-Out responded with a one-day pop-up in Shanghai. AHT reader Josh Atkins, who first told us about CaliBurger and the In-N-Out event, recently attended a tasting at CaliBurger. Here's his report.
For those of you wondering why Tuesdays have been offal-deficient of late, I've been away in China with my family. My aunt passed away in an accident in August, leaving our family without its most handy and adventurous cook. On the last day of mourning, we laid out my aunt's final meal at the table next to her picture and the burning incense. The most honored dish, cooked by her daughter, my cousin, was stir-fried liver and onions.
From the looks of this sign a passerby might think In-N-Out is opening in Shanghai, but unless the famously slow expanding chain has built a new beef processing plant in China....nope. Shanghai-based AHT reader Josh Atkin sent this photo in to us, saying it looked like "a classic case of Chinese bootlegging." But does it taste good? We'll find out from Josh later.
For many people, the passing of Halloween signals that it is time to start fretting about the gift-giving season. For the offal lover on your list, consider this: pickled offal and animal parts. Nothing says, "I care for you. You are a special, appreciated person in my life," like a jar of pickled feet, and if you've gone through the trouble of pickling the parts yourself, all the better.
Photograph from avezink on Flickr Sad news out of Shanghai, as yet another story of street-vendor abatement crosses the news desk at SEHQ. From channelnewsasia.com: Flip through any guide book on Shanghai and the Wujiang Snack Street is listed as a must-see for tourists. But come end-2009, reprints are in order. This is because the famous tourist attraction will soon be demolished to make way for up-market shopping malls. It was already partially renovated last August. More news here: "Last Call on Skewers." And a guide on what to eat there—while you still can. [via Coldmud]...
Photographer Peter Cunningham took this great photo of a man making hand pulled noodles in Shanghai. Look at those noodles fly! Related Translation of Lan Zhou's Chinese Menu Knife-Sliced Noodles and Boiled Dumplings at Super Taste in Chinatown Off the Beaten Path: Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing...
Shanghai's SH magazine pits 16 burgers against one another in hopes of finding the best burger in the city. Their choice in the final round between Luna and the Rendezvous Cafe? While we enjoyed the Luna burger on our...