Cheap Eats & Gourmet Specialties in Shanghai

Shanghai is overflowing with delicious options both cheap and gourmet – from noodles and dim sum to curry and seafood, the options are endless. Whether you are looking for that gourmet specialty or cheap eat, don’t miss out on the hidden reservoirs that know how to prep their food just right. Here are two that come highly recommended.

Cheap Eats

Throw your Western table manners to the winds and indulge in Xiao Yang’s dumplings . These dumplings are fried to perfection, with crispy, golden-brown crust on the bottom and thin mantou skin. The proper way to eat them translates into pure messiness: you have to bite a small hole in the top and slurp out the soup before indulging in the pork filling. They may be the caloric equivalent of a Big Mac but Yang’s friend dumplings are worth every delicious bite – trust us on this one!

Address: 54号 Wujiang Road, Jing’an, Shanghai

Opening Hours: 7am – 21pm

Gourmet Specialties

Hunting down the best gourmet experience in the city? Hunt no further. Howard’s Kitchen opened quietly a few months ago, offering an exclusive spot for fresh fish aficionados.

Prepared to exacting standards, Howard’s Kitchen offers no room for disappointment; proprietor, Howard puts major care into his deceptively simple dishes and the chef’s are trained to cook with a minimalist approach and the finest ingredients on hand.

Address: House 2, Lane 1829 Hongqiao Lu, near Shuichen Lu 虹桥路1829弄2号楼, 近水城

Opening Hours: 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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