Shanghai is full of delicious foods both exotic and simple. One can easily satisfy their hunger without having to spend very much. During our five day stay in Shanghai both Asia Society and our partner school treated us to several very elegant banquets. On other occasions we ate on our own. One morning I bought a freshly made Shandong Jianbing 山东煎饼 from a street vendor. It is something like a Chinese style burrito and was the best breakfast ever! Take a look!
And here are some more of the many interesting foods I sampled during our stay:
Some kind of spicy pork. You made yourself a little sandwich by heaping the meat into the accompanying bowl shaped buns. Very cute!
A dish of deep fried beef or pork coated with sesame seeds. It was very crunchy and delicious!
A salad covered with a mayonnaise-like dressing. It was a bit strange.
I can't remember whether this was lobster or crab but I do remember the cook was very liberal with those Sichuan peppercorns!
Our table groaned with all the food that kept coming and coming. At Chinese banquets you must learn to pace yourself so that you have room in your stomach to sample a little a bit of each dish.
This enormous bowl contained a whole fish swimming in broth. Most of us were too full by then to try even a small sip.
I had a giant steamed bun at a fast food place one day. It was served with a straw so you could sip all the broth out of it first. Unfortunately once the broth was gone there was not much else inside the bun.