Anytime you feel a slight pang of hunger, no matter how little, or what remote corner of the city you're in, there will be someone selling snacks. This type of food is known as xiaochi (small eats) and encompasses everything from steamed buns, dumplings, pancakes, noodles and fried breads. This lady is selling various food on a stick (hot sweet corn-on-the-cob on a stick, tofu balls on a stick, fish balls on a stick) and tea cooked eggs. They all sit simmering in bowls of steaming broth to keep them hot, and nothing costs more than 2 yuan.
Each morning she will wheel her heavy wooden cart to a spot likely to have brisk trade - today she was parked on the zebra crossing outside the fabric market on Lujiabang Lu, and business looked busy, despite the traffic whizzing closely by.
Street food is an integral part of a food-loving life in China, so, for your benefit, I'm working my way through all of Shanghai's street foods, one by one. This is Number 2 in the Shanghai Street Food series. Enjoy!
Number 3 Liangpi - a spicy cold noodle dish
Number 4 Langzhou Lamian - hand-pulled noodles
Number 5 Cong You Bing - fried shallot pancakes
Number 6 Baozi - steamed buns, Shanghai style
Number 7 Jian Bing - the famous egg pancake
Number 14 Bao Mi Hua - exploding rice flowers
Number 16 Bing Tang Shan Zha - crystal sugar hawthorns
Number 21 Suzhou Shi Yue Bing - homestyle mooncakes
Number 22 Gui Hua Lian'ou - honeyed lotus root stuffed with sticky rice
Number 23 Cong You Ban Mian - scallion oil noodles
Number 25 Nuomi Cai Tou - fried clover pancakes
Number 26 Da Bing, Shao Bing - sesame breakfast pastries
Number 27 Ci Fan - sticky rice breakfast balls
Number 28 Gui Hua Gao - steamed osmanthus cake
Number 29 Zongzi - bamboo leaf wrapped sticky rice
Labels: food, Shanghai, street food