The Chinese obsess about food: the Mandarin for “how are you?” – ni chi fan ma – literally translates as “have you eaten yet?” Accordingly, they have created one of the world’s great cuisines. Each region boasts its own delicious specialities, which you’ll be able to find somewhere in Shanghai – but don’t overlook city’s own distinctive style.
Taken from the Rough Guide to Shanghai, these are six of the best restaurants to eat Shanghainese, and the dishes you should order at each one.
What to order Try the drunken shrimps if you’re brave enough. These critters come to the table live and soaked in booze – you pull off their heads and eat them while they twitch. Roasted pig’s trotter is another house speciality.
141 Yunnan Nan Lu
What to order Hairy crabs: prise the shell off and you’ll find delicious white meat inside, and, if it’s a female, maybe the highly prized orange roe.
603 Fuzhou Lu
What to orderXiao Shaoxing is famous in Shanghai for its “drunken chicken” (the meat is steeped in rice wine).
118 Yunnan Nan Lu
What to order Go for the soy-braised pork, pickled eggplant, crab-flavoured tofu – all local faves.
41 Tianping Lu
What to order The choice dishes are yellow croakers with scallions and deep-fried duck leg.
328 Jianguo Xi Lu
Top image: Assortment of different types of asian traditional food in Shanghai © Tsuguliev/Shutterstock