Shanghai has an excellent diversity of food, with Chinese food as well as a wide range of foreign cuisine including Italian, Indian, Japanese and European. Unlike other Chinese food, most of Shanghai's cooking is done with added ginger, sugar and Shaoxing wine, but without heavy spicing. Shanghai has some interesting exotic seafood dishes, such as eels, crab and fish. In season - between October and December - you may get the chance to try Dazha crab, the most expensive food in Shanghai. Inexpensive snack food, like the Xiaolongbao (a local dumpling specialty) is easily available in almost any part of the city at any time of night or day. Below are other Shanghai delicacies as well as a directory of some of Shanghai's restaurants.
Yangrou (Mottom) Paomo
Visitors to Xian must do two things: one is to see the clay figures of terra cotta warriors and horses. The other is to taste Yang Rou Pao Mo. Yang Rou Pao mo is a tasty Xi'an specialty that consists of a mutton soup served with wheat flour flat bread. The hard bread is broken up and added to the soup. This Xi'an specialty can be found at several restaurants that have become famous for their delicious Yang Rou Pao Mo, as well as several small "mom and pop" restaurants throughout Xi'an.
Tong Sheng Xiang Beef and Lamb Paomo Restaurant
Steamed buns served with sauces inside. The bun's wrapper is thicker than most dumplings, but is thinner than other steamed buns. With over ten types of seasoning, they are really delicious.
Jia Brothers' Restaurant in Muslim Snack
Jia Brothers' Restaurant in Muslim Snack
Finely chopped pork stuffed in toasted wheat flour flat bread. A piece of good-quality Roujiamo and a bowl of mung bean flour soup will cost you no more than RMB10.
Address: Dongda Jie, Xian
Guokui (Helmet Cake)
Guokui is a kind of pancake and looks like a pan cover. The dough used to make Guokui must be prepared in a limited amount of water and then kneaded repeatedly with a thick wooden stick. Guokui, can be stored for a very long time because it contains very little water content. It is a favorite take-away food among rural people in central Shaanxi Province.
Fine Dried Noodles
This is another local specialty in Qianxian County, Xi'an. The wheat grown in the fields previously under cloverleaf is the first choice out of many in making fine dried noodles, since the flour tastes tough, smooth and delicious. This local specialty is well received far and wide in Shaanxi.
Yong Ming Qishan Noodles Restaurant
Street food (mostly sold after sunset or some near night clubs and bars after 11:00 pm) presents a variety of local and regional dishes, ranging from noodle soups, dumplings and hot pot. The must try street foods include:
Shizibing - Fried persimmon cake
Wenhao Zaliang Shifu Lao Dian
This is one of the more affordable and healthy theater and banquet restaurants in Xi'an. You won't leave with a grumbling stomach after you polish off up to eight appetizers, eight main courses, and 20 snacks. There are three different banquets available, and if you book in advance, you may be able to get a table close to the shadow puppet show, which is held every night on the third floor. Worth looking out for their delicious steamed corn buns (Wotou) and nutty sweet-potato pancakes (Shan Nan Xiang Yu Bing).
Address: No. 2 Jianshe Lu (From Lu Jia Cun, walk
south 54 meters and turn right into Jianshe Lu)
De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant
De Fa Chang has its own version of the Banquet mentioned above. Ingredients for their dumpling fillings include various meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Cooking methods include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep frying, and roasting. Many flavors, including salty, sweet, hot, and sour are offered. Other house specialties include Peking dumplings, steamed sweet bean paste buns, steamed shrimp paste buns, and various uniquely spiced dishes.
Address: Zhonglou Guangchang, Xi'an
Jiefang Lu Chinese Dumpling Restaurant
Address: Jiefang Road, Xian
Fanji Lazhi Roudian
Address: 46 Zhubashi Jie, Xi'an
Xian Restaurant (Xian Fan Zhuang)
Address: No.298 Dong Da Street, Xi'an
Xian LaoSun Jia Restaurant
Highfly Pizza (Gaofei Bisa)
Address: Heping Men Wai Shengli Fandian