There is nothing I love more than finding little gems of restaurants and eats that are (literally) produced in a hole in the wall. Anthony and I stumbled upon this magical street food restaurant by chance when we were visiting the Sinan Mansions Beerfest and were searching for an ATM. Despite having been completely full, after indulging in copious amounts of food, we were unable to bypass the delectable smells and vision of the golden brown pan fried dumplings atop a large bamboo steamer.
Upon biting into the dumpling I swooned at the combination of the perfectly crisped exterior and the savoury pork interior. Between mouthfuls I gestured a clumsy “han hap” (translation: “very good!” In Mandarin) to the warm and friendly stall owner who beamed with a smile. Now, hungry for more, we ordered a few xiao long bao (Shanghai soup dumplings) which were equally tasty and flavourful.
The kind woman showed us a few of her other dishes such as steaming bowls of noodle soup, which undoubtedly were delicious, but we unfortunately had no room for a full meal at this point.
This place is definitely worth wandering down to Chongqing lu for the tasty treats and lovely owner. And, at a price of 2 yuan (about 25 Canadian cents) for 4 dumplings…this place is a steal! This tiny shop offers the the best Shanghai street food I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Let me know if you check it out and what you think! 🙂
*This shop is located at 197 Chongqing lu…near the corner of Fuxing Lu and Chongqing lu, Shanghai*