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The Top 10 Shanghai Dishes You Must Eat – Enjoy the many flavours in Shanghai

If you are going to Shanghai, apart from all the excursions and attractions you have planned, keep in mind to try out the food while you are there.

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Soup Dumplings

Soup Dumplings are the first on the list as they are a must-try dish. This is one dish that can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well as meat lovers as the thinly made dumplings are stuffed with pork or vegetables or sometimes with prawns or crab.

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Soup Dumplings

Soup Dumplings are the first on the list as they are a must-try dish. This is one dish that can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well as meat lovers as the thinly made dumplings are stuffed with pork or vegetables or sometimes with prawns or crab.

3

Steamed Crab

Steamed crab which is also known as Da Zha Xie is a common dish in Shanghai made of a special crab that is found in rivers. This dish is seasonal and can be found in autumn and winter. The crabs are tied up and placed in bamboo containers for steaming. The crabs are served with vinegar.

4

Smoked Fish

This dish is a favourite of those who like spicy food as it is freshly sliced fish that is marinated in numerous sauces and spices and prepared by deep-frying them. Due to the deep frying process the outer layer is crunchy and crispy whereas the inside is nice and juicy meat.

5

Beggar’s Chicken

Many a Shanghai apartment hotel is known to serve a delightful Beggar’s Chicken. This dish takes a lot of preparations time as it is a stuffed whole chicken that is marinated in a special sauce and then wrapped tightly with lotus leaves to be baked slowly for about 6 hours. This dish is originally from Hangzhou but has been adopted by Shanghai.

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Peking Duck

Peking Duck which is also known as Beijing Duck is a dish that prepares the main ingredient in a manner which makes the meat nice and soft on the inside and the skin to be crispy and crunchy. This is a favourite of most locals and is considered a dish for traditional events and ceremonies.

7

Braised Pork

Braised Pork is a favourite of the locals and a common dish you can find in Shanghai. Juicy succulent pieces of pork soaked in brown sauce and a pinch of sugar. The dish is generally served with hard-boiled eggs and rice or noodles.

8

Fried Pork Buns

These are similar to Dumplings but the process is different. The semi-fermented dough is cooked on a pan till the bottom becomes a golden brown while the rest remains white. Wate is sprayed several times during this cooking process.

9

Shanghai Snacks

Street food in any country is a delightful treat however; the ones in Shanghai are a treat for the eyes before they treat your taste buds. The steamed buns, vegetarian stuffed buns, large soup buns and the crab shell cakes are some of the popular street food in Shanghai.

10

Yellow Croaker Noodle Soup

Croaker is a popular fish in Shanghai and the Yellow Croaker Noodle Soup is one of the most authentic dishes you can try in Shanghai. Somerset Gubei Shanghai is known to have many places around it that serves an authentic Yellow Croaker Noodle Soup.

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Chicken and Duck Blood Soup

This dish is made with solidified blood which looks like red colour cubes of Tofu, The cubes itself have very little flavour, so a chicken broth is added to bring the balance.

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