Street Food: The best fried dumplings in Shanghai

In our Streed Food series, we look at the delights of local snacks and eateries. These places have a charm of their own. They can’t be clean, they shouldn’t have air-conditioning, but should instead be rustic, real and even a bit rural.

Not exactly street food, but we include these kind of lovably dirty ‘hole in the wall’ or tiny snack places in our Street Food section.

Fried Dumplings – Shen Zhen Bao.

You will need to travel to Hongkou – about 15 minutes in a taxi North of People’s Square – but it is well worth it. Forget about coming at 12pm – 1pm or 5pm – 6:30pm.

It’s best to arrive at these kinds of places at about 11am, so you get the first fresh lunch batch and avoid the crushing crowds.

The crisp crunch of the base, the doughy chewiness of the casing, the salty and sweet, fatty and oily centre – mixed with contrasting pinchy-ness of the local vinegar. It’s a Shanghai style party in your mouth.

For directions and details, see the Dianping page. You are welcome.



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