A result of city-wide government initiatives to clean up Shanghai in time for Expo, the Wujiang Lu Snack Food Street, one of the most vibrant (and delicious) hubs for street food in the city is sadly no more. Well, no more a street food street at any rate—its chaotic charm, barbecue smoke and the sound of sizzling dumplings has finally given way to the modern shopping complex that has been encroaching on its space for some time now.
What was once a haven for hawkers of chou doufu (stinky tofu), xiao ke (barbecue)and shengjian (pan-fried dumplings) is now a gleaming line of rather more sterile looking chainstore fronts with all the usual suspects like Starbucks, Dairy Queen and Subway putting in an appearance amongst other homegrown but western friendly brands like Wagas. One name that did survive the change is Xiao Yang Sheng Jian Guan, Shanghai’s most famous eatery for shengjian (pan-fried dumplings) where lunch hours still see lines grow long in anticipation of a taste of the crispy, juice-filled dumplings.
Located west off of Shimen Lu by Nanjing Lu, Click the link to view a ChinaTravel.net post with a google map of Shanghai food streets.