Visitors to Shanghai can find food from regions all over China. The city boasts an abundance of restaurants and fast-food joints, and popular snacks are sold everywhere on the streets. Sugar is a principal ingredient in Shanghai, not just in sweet delicacies, but also in cooking generally. Herbs and spices are often used conservatively, as the main ingredients of a dish are meant to provide its taste.
Dumplings (Xiaolongbao) – soup dumplings filled with crab meat or pork.
Deep-fried mantou – steamed buns fried in a wok and filled with a variety of ingredients.
Shanghai roast duck – a variation of Beijing roast duck.
Nanxiang steamed buns – traditional snacks in Shanghai consisting of steam-cooked dumplings filled with finely-chopped seasoned pork.
Da Zha Xie – a steamed Chinese mitten crab flavored with vinegar.
Chou Doufu – also known as Stinky tofu. Some find the smell terrible, while others consider it aromatic. This famous night market food may be deep fried, steamed, stewed with mouth-numbing spices, or barbecued.
Pi Dan – a preserved egg with an unusual colour. A Shanghai delicacy.
Suanmei tang – traditional Chinese beverage made from sour plums
Damai cha (barley tea) – briefly simmered roasted barley grains