It’s hard to spend time in Shanghai without getting the feeling of motion. Everything about the city seems to be in a constant state of change and evolution. Just walking down the street you get a sense of the people and money that have swept through the place. This is apparent in the neo-classical and art deco edifices that pepper the city, and the plethora of supertalls that are moulding the city’s skyline in the Pudong area. It is also the driving force behind the frenzied construction ahead of the 2010 World Expo, which for all intents and purposes, looks set to be Shanghai’s Olympic Games.
Yet for all the shape shifting and tourist baiting one key aspect of the city appears to be lacking. The street food. Bizarrely, for a city founded on foreign trade, Shanghai doesn’t seem to have any central markets (with the exception of the Friday Muslim Market – which we missed) Neither did any local street specialities readily present themselves. Instead, the street food I witnessed in Shanghai tended to lean towards the lower end of the scale – temporary set-ups outside construction sites, or grubby grills set amongst piles of rubbish at the side of the road. As such most of what I came across didn’t really appeal.

That’s not to say there weren’t notable exceptions however. I found these hard-boiled eggs close to our hostel. The eggs had been lightly cracked and simmered in what looked (and tasted) like soy sauce and water. The result was that they were tangy and marbled on the outside, soft and crumbly in the centre.
I also happened across some truly excellent lamb skewers. These things seem to be getting gay porn better and cheaper the more I travel through China. The ones I had in Shanghai boasted substantial chunks of meat cooked to order then coated with generous amounts of cumin and chilli powder. What I love most about these skewers is how hot, dry and immediate the spices are in your mouth, closely followed by the fatty goodness of the lamb.
Whether Shanghai’s great leap forward will help or hinder its street milf videos food culture remains to be seen. Street food or no, however, it’s an infinitely interesting city and one to which I’ve vowed to return.

5 Responses to Shanghai None?

  1. By Anonymous - August 7, 2009

    It's actually called Tealeaf eggs by the local as it uses tea and mix of soya sauce to make them

  2. By Anonymous - August 11, 2009

    hrmmm…no xiaolongbao?

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  5. By annamatic - October 28, 2010

    How about those shengjian mantou? does that count as street food? they’re sold out of little canteens that face the street and you can opt to take them with you or eat them at the little tables inside — don’t know if that disqualifies them as street food, but i thought they were amazingly milf porn yummy.
    And I saw several street stalls selling steamed buns with various fillings, those were crazy airy bundles of deliciousness…

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