Shanghai food - Cuisine Culture

Shanghai cuisine is well known for the cooking of freshwater food, sea food 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.

  • Nowadays local specialities 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, it still has its 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 the Nanjing Road. This street is a short, twisty alleyway packed with fiercely competitive shops selling snacks and small meals. Very cheap (most everything 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.

  • If you are interested in taking a Shanghai tour with an English speaking tour guide, China Odyssey Tours is here and ready to help. Contact us.
  • The following links lead you to sample Shanghai tours that include a visit to this attraction.

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