Shanghai Food

Shanghai cuisine is well known for the cooking of freshwater food, seafood and vegetables in season. The flavor of Shanghai's cuisine is mainly light and delicately seasoned.

Shanghai has also been attracting chefs of international repute, with David Laris, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Stephen Wright and the Pourcel brothers all tucking into a slice of this hip and happening pie. So restaurants in Shanghai rank high in China.

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  • Nowadays local specialties in Shanghai have achieved world eminence, including Xiao Long Bao, Hairy Crab, Beggar's chicken and thousand-year-old eggs.
  • Shanghai dishes have evolved from simple home-cooked meals. Although their ingredients and cooking techniques have been upgraded, they still have their home-cooked appeal.
  • The use of sugar is common in Shanghai cuisine, especially when used in combination with soy sauce.

Wujiang Road is a famous snack street in Shanghai, by Nanjing Road. This street is a short, twisty alleyway packed with fiercely competitive shops selling snacks and small meals. Very cheap (most everything is less than 10 RMB) but very Chinese, with English menus basically unknown.

You can find everything at Yuyuan Market from popular local snacks and food, crafts, antiques and souvenirs to Starbucks, tea houses and some great Chinese food.

Xujiahui does not have many bars of note, but it does have a lot of cafes, most of which also serve simple and cheap set menus, such as noodles, curry and rice, and some serve a limited selection of alcoholic drinks.

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