Given Shanghai’s role as an important financial and cultural center in China, it is no surprise that snacks from all over the nation are represented here.
So many amazing restaurants here usually serves authentic and traditional Shanghai snacks. However, the city also has its own famous local snacks that are not to be missed, such as those below.
If you are feeling puckish or looking for a light meal you won’t have to walk too far in the downtown area to feast on local or foreign favorites. Although most locals are rice-eaters, Shanghai has a large number of noodle shops and outlets selling local dumplings, the most popular being sheng jian, (pan fried meat dumplings) and xiao1ong bao (steamed meat dumplings). The most famous dumpling shop in town selling Nanxiang steamed dumplings near the entrance to the Yu Garden.
You can’t miss it-just look for a small shop with long queues. The nearby Lubolang Restaurant(Green Wave Pavilion) also conjures up a fine range of dumplings-especially the crab-filled variety. Another favorite often sold at the front of food stores and restaurants is zongzi-sweet or savory glutinous rice parcels wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Try them and many other specialities at Shendacheng, 636 Nanjing Road(W). Up the road at No. 805 is another local favorite, Wangjiasha, which serves deep-fried noodles and great dumplings. It’s a very busy place and you have to purchase vouchers first and, like at most specialty eateries, be prepared to queue.