"Sheng Jian Bao" Shanghai Restaurant Tip by koolkatz_76
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Shop Name: Xiao Yang Sheng Jian Guan
Location: Wujiang Lu, Mei Shi Jie (Gourmet Alley)
According to my friend, a local Shanghainese, this little shop was voted to serve the best "Sheng Jian Bao" in Shanghai.
Sheng Jian Bao is a traditional Shanghainese snack. It's essentially a dumpling, filled with minced pork. This dumpling is steamed till it's soft, then fried on a hot plate till brown on one side.
When you bite into the dumpling, hot soup gushes into your mouth, sending a burst of flavour directly to the senses.
You have to be careful to make just the teeniest little hole with your teeth in the dumpling skin, to control the speed that the soup is split out. Otherwise, it may spill all over the table or yourself!
This dingy little shop doesn't look like anything from the outside, but judging from the never-ending queue, it really must be something. We had to squeeze into this little attic to polish off the dumplings as quick as we can (basically, it's not a place to linger for hours).
There's another branch of the same shop just 2 doors away. Recommend that you try that shop as it looks less cramped.
Address: Wujiang Lu
Price Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$10
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