When in Shanghai: 8 Street Foods Worth Trying At Least Once Besides Xiao Long Bao

One thing about Shanghai that stood out to me during my trip, was the incredible variety of street food. Step out of your house and you’ll easily find yourself spoilt for choice by the sheer amount of drool worthy creations. Best of all, you can grab and go most of them!

While xiao long bao is one of the first things that come to mind when recalling Shanghai’s street food, I thought I would compile a checklist of sorts for foodies to check out based on what my family brought me to during my very brief trip last month. Enjoy!

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Dumpling Darlings @ Amoy Street – Lola Cafe’s Newest Asian Food Venture in the CBD

It seems that Asian street food is all the rage these days, with various hole-in-the-wall type joints popping up to serve their take on what is a beloved staple for many. When I first visited Lola’s Cafe a whole five years ago (back when I started this blog; time flies!), little did I expect this homegrown cafe to venture into the Asian food business.

A familiar name amongst carnival goers, Dumpling Darlings has made its permanent on the same side of Amoy Street as three years old Wanton. Being an avid eater of dumplings myself, I knew I had to swing by their premises as soon as I could.


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Seoi Gor Cafe @ Orchard XChange – 3 Asian Street Food Concepts in 1; Near Aqua S Singapore (Invite)

You know when you’re out with your friends and you just can’t decide on a place to eat that satisfies everyone’s cravings? Well good news for you: Royal T Group, the mastermind behind homegrown bubble tea chain LiHo, has launched Seoi Gor Cafe, a 3-in-1 Chinese street food concept that houses three brands both new and beloved: Woo Ricebox, Seoi Gor, and Gong Yuan Ma La Tang. 

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Located a stone’s throw away from Aqua S at Orchard Xchange, Seoi Gor Cafe has brought delectable new additions to each concept’s menu, alongside existing bestsellers which are sure to whet appetites!

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Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen @ Plaza Singapura (Invite)

Besides an assortment of traditional Cantonese favourites, the Crystal Jade brand has expanded its reach to other forms of Chinese cuisine to stay ahead of its competitors.

At Plaza Singapura, the name of the game is: steamboat. True to its name, Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen offers healthy, hearty steamboat buffets all day long at a price upwards from $20 or adults and $17 for children under 13 years old.

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Signature 8-flavoured Xiao Long Bao @ Paradise Dynasty

With its tender minced meat encased in a flavourful broth and smooth flour skin, it’s no wonder that xiao long bao is fast becoming a fixture in our Chinese palate. There’s little not to love about this bite-sized offering of meat and broth, which is why restaurants and eateries across the country are catching on to this delicious trend faster than you can say, “zai lai yi long!” (translation: bring me another!)

Confessing your ignorance about this dish is about as sacrilegious as, say, telling others that you don’t like to eat chicken rice; it’s just not possible. Thankfully, there are many places you can go to to “right the wrongs” and taste the legend of xiao long bao yourself. 😉

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JPOT @ Tampines 1

The first thing we noticed when my dad and I stepped into JPOT’s branch in Tampines 1 was its looooong Condiments Bar where we could mix and match our condiments in every combination imaginable, including chili padi, spring onions, chopped garlic, peanut sauce, sesame oil, soya sauce, chili oil and more. 

Peanut sauce and sesame oil topped with spring onions? Or chilli padi drenched in soya sauce and chopped garlic? Hey, no one’s stopping you!


Tastes and appearances may vary.

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