Shanghai is a fashion city, here is not only a shopping paradise, there are also many tourist attractions which is worthy of traveling and a lot of characteristics food which is worthy of tasting, all these foods in Shanghai city are full of praise, if you are the tourist from other region or other country, you should not miss these food, let us enjoy these food together!
1. Da Zha Xie
Da Zha Xie is a special type of crab found in rivers, and is normally consumed in the winter. The crabs are tied with ropes or strings, placed in bamboo containers, steamed and served. There few other artificial ingredients added to the dish yet it tastes fantastically good. Da Zha Xie is usually consumed with vinegar. Locals are also quite fussy about when to consume male crabs and when to consume female crabs.
2. Stewed Pork Ball in Brown Sauce
The Chinese name of this dish means “Lion Head”. The origin of the name is quite simple, the pork ball should be made to look like the head of a stone lion, which can be seen almost everywhere in China. Alhough the main ingredient looks pretty simple and boring, this dish is actually far more than a mere pork ball. The pork to make this dish has to be streaky pork. Then the pork should be sliced then minced into very tiny cubes. The cook will put all these tiny cubes together and using a lot of patting and throwing between both hands to make the tiny cubes into a pork ball. There are a lot of skills here. When you bite and chew the final product, you should find it tender but not soft.
3. Pepper Duck
Pepper duck is a famous dish in Shanghai. Charlie Chaplin, World-renowned master of comedy, praised this dish as”a lifelong unforgettable gourmet”. The dish calls for half or a whole marinated duck, lightly fried and served with plum sauce and steamed bread. With bright red color, crispy skin and gender meat, Shanghai pepper duck will reward you a pleasant experience.
4. Sour and Sweet Spare Ribs
It is a major traditional dish greatly loved by the public. Utilizing the fresh spare ribs as its raw materials, it tastes tender, yummy, fat but not greasy. Sugar which produces the sweet flavor can do good to your spleen and stomach as well as your skin. While, vinegar that produces the sour flavor is beneficial to your liver and gall. Moreover, spare ribs contain abundant protein, body fat, vitamin as well as sufficient calcium phosphate, ossein, osseomucoid and so on. Thus the dish sour and sweet spare ribs is very suitable for the elderly and kids to enrich their calcium.
5. Xiao Long Bao (Little Dragon Bun)
Unlike the buns in northern China, these buns are very small and easy to swallow. The buns are usually steamed in containers made of banboo. The skin of the buns are very thin and the bun is very juicy. The dish has been popularized and consumed widely throughout China as a Dim Sum.
6. Fried Mantou
In Shanghai, people usually call Baozi (steamed bun with filling)Mantou, so fried Mantou, in fact, is fried Baozi. The semi-fermented paste is fried on the saucepan and water will be sprayed onto it several times during cooking. You’d better taste it in hot because at that time, the bottom is golden-colored and crispy, while the rest part is white and soft. The wonderful stuffing mixing fresh meat with sesame or scallion is especially wonderful.
7. Sauteed Shelled Shrimp
Some say that this dish is the best dish of Shanghai. Its Chinese name means crystal shrimp. The name came from the look of the dish since the shrimp would look almost transparent. Although it looks like a dish simply made of shrimp, the material processing and cooking can be quite complicated. What makes the dish good is that each bite first gives crisp feeling at the skin of the shrimp, but when you bite furthur you will soon feel the tender and juicy shrimp body. To make the shrimp taste like this depends on the skills of the cook and how much time he spends, the shrimp processing before being cooked is important and needs several hours, including cooling off in the refrigirator for a few hours. The dish can be found in a lot of Shanghai restaurants. But only in best restaurants can you have the best taste.
8. Beggar’s Chicken
According to the legend, beggar’s chicken originated in the Qing Dynasty.Beggar’s Chicken calls for a stuffed and marinated chicken, sealed tight with layers of lotus leaf and then wrapped in parchment paper/wax paper along with mud.
This unique cooking technique produces the tender, juicy, and aromatic chicken. And the original taste of the chicken is perfectly retained and trapped. The bones just fall off the chicken after hours of baking, and the meat is bursting with intense fragrance. In a word, Beggar’s Chicken is a real Chinese delicacy that cannot be missed.
One of the local favorites in Shanghai is Shanghai crispy chicken. Crispy chicken is made by first boiling the body of a chicken until its flesh is tender and then roasting it for long periods of time or until the skin goes dry and crispy.
10. Chou Dou Fu (Smelly Tofu)
Ones 1st reaction is to hold their nose and eating it would be the last think to enter your mind. The smelly tofu is a popular local food mainly found on Shanghai streets. The tofu is fermented with many ingredients before being fried. Old ladies usually serve them on their little trolleys. Despite its odor, most foreigners love it after tasting it and its dirt cheap too!