Shanghai Street Food: Corner Cuisine

Shanghai street food is a different angle of a city glittering in mass of glass and silver. Buildings spiral to scrape the sky, neon lights glaze the sidewalk and speeding bullet trains glide past soundlessly at the speed of light. The Oriental Paris may have a propelled into the future feel but there still remains a fusion of contrasts, here the ancient and the modern collide, the west and the east linger over lunch and the young and the old live side by side.

Shanghai Street Food Corner Cuisine

Boats glide across the Huangpu River, outdoor markets cram with hawkers and intricate temples shiver under the shadows of modern day office blocks. Yet there is one still that must be done in the pretty city of Shanghai, and that is to taste its street good.

As soon as you set foot outside your mouth begins watering in Shanghai, the air is thick with the scent of pulled pork, sizzling dough, and honeyed lotus roots. Plumes of smoke waft down the street tempting you one foot in front of the other, as though in a dream. Any time of day or night you can find something insanely edible on the streets of Shanghai, and spending a sultry afternoon or lively night wandering the stalls is the best way to start your culinary sojourn.

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For a kick start to your day you can try the infamous pot stickers, street chefs have been up since the dawn firing their woks and frying up these little morsels of pure pleasure. Dumpling skin is fried until it almost sticks (hence the name) before being steamed in a splash of water to soften the skin. Biting in you will find it stuffed with sweet pork and vegetables in a combination that practically oozes on the tongue.

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After a night sipping cocktails and throwing back ice cold beers in the ramshackle bars nothing will plump up your appetite quite like the scallion oil pancake or a sip of the tofu flowered soup with its gloops of delicious seaweed and splash of chili oil. Eggs boiled in green tea for when you have to dash, egg jelly noodles for a balmy summer day and fat crawfish are all just a taste of what you can try in the glitzy Shanghai.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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