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Sep 13, 2007 01:35 PM

shanghai china recommends please [Moved from International board]

Hi, will be in shanghia, china in a few weeks, looking for the best of

-high end spots, dinner, lunches, breakfasts, with and without great no object

- great spots for locals, any and all

-great street food vendors/carts/areas

-great markets, ie fish, vegetable etc

thanks in adv to all rsvp's

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  1. At some point, someone will say you have to go to Nanxiang Mantou Dian for xiao long bao. You should, but do yourself a favor and don't stand in line -- go upstairs and sit down.

    Or, if you speak the language, you could do what our tour guide did: Walk up the stairs to the first landing (don't go to the upstair dining room), stop and stick your head in the door and get someone's attention, and order to go. Shh, it's a secret!

    6 Replies
    1. re: Joe Blowe

      thanks//but i see a frommers review...never trusting a frommers food review..your opinion pls?

      1. re: intrepid

        It's a solid pick for the area ( ), and the dumplings are pretty good. And if you need to rest, the dining room is a good place to sit down.

        BUT, living close to one of the largest Asian communities in North America ( ) has spoiled me. I can get XLBs that are as good, or better, anytime I want! ;-)

        1. re: Joe Blowe

          Oh, I thought nanxiang was terrible. I would never go back there. A real Chinese tourist trap. Jia Jia Tang Bao has been much lauded on these boards and it is very good.

          1. re: Petitpois

            Read between the lines in my original post: "At some point, someone will say you *have* to go..."

            Thanks for posting an alternative. I'll be sure to try it on my next visit.

        2. re: intrepid

          get a luxe city guide - cuts thru all the crap and only leaves good honest opinion. i'm sure they have one for shanghai

        3. re: Joe Blowe

          Honestly, I thought it was okay. Personally, I feel the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung here in Los Angeles is better.

          Note that the prices vary depending on what level you sit at. The street level food window with no seating is very cheap. The higher up you go in the building, the more expensive the food gets. You are getting the same food at all levels, so you will notice long lines at the lower levels. For the real experience, I would buy at the street level window and eat with the locals in the park/surrounding area.