Puffed rice is a typical Shanghai snack and a part of old Shanghai memory. Usually, the vendor places a bag of rice and the shaking furnace on a tricycle. In the afternoon, he will rides to the head of the “lòng táng (弄堂)“, which is a typical Shanghai alley, and start to peddle. They have … Continue Reading ››
Luó bo sī bǐng--Turnip strips cake (萝卜丝饼) is originated in Jiangsu Province, which is a popular pastry near the area around Suzhou, Wuxi and Jiangyin. The recipe of turnip strip cake varies due to different place and time period. People usually eat turnip strip cakes for breakfast since it provides both pastry and … Continue Reading ››
With the recent shutdown of many of Shanghai's "big-name food zones" due to authoritative regulations on food safety, the Shanghaiist featured an article about the food streets that are overlooked by expats yet boast just as many street food offerings.
A street food vendor in Sanya, Hainan was beaten by a chengguan after an argument broke out over the position of her cart and its obstruction of traffic.
It is controversial videos and photos like this that inform netizens of the underlying issues and rising tensions between the authoritative forces and street vendors.They are forced to defend themselves … Continue Reading ››
Two French study abroad students of Tongji University set up a cart selling crepes near their campus in 2011. Their stand gained attention from both bloggers and chengguan
authorities, and quickly got banned from conducting any business in China. After their story went viral, the French students became a lasting example for future expat street … Continue Reading ››
China Smack posted repulsive images of gutter oil that had been 'refined' to be reused and resold as cheap cooking oil for restaurants that were trying to cut costs. Street food vendors have been notoriously known to use this oil, posing a danger especially because the majority of street food is deep-fried.
Easily found by the billowing smoke and strong smells that trail its coal burners, shāokǎo/chuàn'r
(Chinese: 烧烤 / 串儿) street stands corner nearly every street as soon as the sun begins setting until the early hours the next morning. Whether they’re found inside a hole-in-the-wall or pitched on a wooden tricycle, their stands … Continue Reading ››
is a pillowy-soft, steamed bun that is filled with savory or sweet centers. Although locals prefer to eat them for breakfast, they are sold from the early hours of the morning until late afternoon. Each one is typically 1.5 kuai out of stacks of bamboo steamers alongside shao mai
The bun’s dough consists of water, dry … Continue Reading ››
Often served alongside various deep-fried bings
, cí fàn gāo
(Chinese: 粢饭糕) is a rectangular block of compressed glutinous rice that is fried until golden brown. It is often eaten as a savory breakfast snack during autumn, when the rice has just been harvested.
Glutinous rice is cooked with water, seasoned with salt and deep-fried in oil.
Cooking … Continue Reading ››
(Chinese: 臭豆腐 ) is a fermented tofu that is deep fried and topped with fermented bean
paste sauce, cilantro and chili. Though its pungent smells may linger everywhere, those that can get past its strong scent can enjoy its soft, silky center. The street food snack is usually sold at night, served out … Continue Reading ››
(Chinese: 炒栗子) can be found churning in large cauldrons on the street emitting sweet, nutty flavors into the air. Chestnuts
are roasted and seasoned with coarse sand, syrup and osmanthus essence. Once they’ve been evenly roasted, the sugary chestnuts appear glossy. The shells should fall away easily--an indication of the quality of the … Continue Reading ››
) is a cold noodle dish tossed with peanut sauce, chili oil, and vinegar and garnished with refreshing garnishes such as julienned cucumbers, cilantro
and bean sprouts
. When the weather gets warmer, liang pi vendors can be found making this dish out of a glass box perched on … Continue Reading ››
Dòu Huā (Chinese: 豆花) is a street food commonly eaten as breakfast or a late night treat alongside a crispy youtiao. In Shanghai, it is usually served with savory flavors and garnishes such as soy sauce, salt, cilantro, chili oil, pickled mustard … Continue Reading ››
), also known as Chinese cruller, oil stick, doughnut, and breadstick, is a trip of fried dough that is typically eaten for breakfast. It usually is served as an accompaniment with rice congee
, soy milk
, or tofu soup where they are either served whole to be dipped into … Continue Reading ››
Niú Ròu Xiān Bǐng (Chinese: 牛肉餡餅
) are savory snacks served throughout the day. They have golden, crisp crusts and a juicy, fragrant beef filling.
First, the dough is made from flour, water and salt. The meat filling consists of ground beef, scallions, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper and white pepper.
The ground beef is … Continue Reading ››
Rou jia mo
, sometimes spelled roujiamo
: 肉夹馍; pinyin
: ròu jīa mó
), meaning "meat burger" or "meat sandwich," is a street food
originating from Shaanxi Province
and now widely consumed all over China. The meat is most commonly pork
, stewed for … Continue Reading ››