Shanghai: Sunday on Wujiang Lu, Woo Hoo!
Finally hit Wujiang Lu on my current trip yesterda fearing the worst, and was heartened to see that it has survived the the best efforts to sanitize it as well as it has. Yes, the design and mix of the permanent structures on the Western section spell T-A-C-K-Y, but there seemed to be good stuff at the stalls in the center of the street, including some chou doufu that smelled heaven sent, (I deferred this place for my next visit, having just made obligatory stops at Jia Jia on Huanghe Lu and Xiao Yang on Wujiang.) The Western section was as slammed by locals as the Eastern section, and it was the tents they seemed to be cruising, not Starbucks and the Fro-Yo joints.
Is the Western section of Wujiang Lu only populated with food tents on weekends, and are there any new favorites?
You hit Wujiang Lu on the last day of the Taiwanese food festival, which brought restaurants and food companies (i.e. dried fruit vendors) from Taiwan over to the mainland, and was very popular. The subsequent Thai food festival mostly gathered local Shanghai Thai restaurants (Thai-themed restaurants already located in Shanghai) in one location.
I was there tonight (Sunday) and didn't see any stalls in the center of the western part of Wujiang. The whole thing was pretty empty, actually. And this was around 7PM.
The eastern part was packed and all was good. But I've heard that it might be under the wrecking ball as soon as the beginning of next year. I hope this doesn't happen.
Jia Jia Tang Bao (on Huanghe) and Xiao Yang Shen Jiang (on Wujiang) ... you've hit all the right spots already! I left Shanghai about a year ago, when they were still developing the "western section", I believe that's the side where the new residential building is? Ahh ... the sight of fake Harry Potter books and bootleg best sellers ... btw, back to the "old" part of Wujiang Rd., there are 2 others places if you don't know already. One is the chicken wings place ... over the years though, the prices increased but they give out fewer wings and the size of the wings also got smaller! And then there's this Sichuan hole-in-wall (literally) restaurant that sits about 4 tables right next to the "smelly tofu" place ... there's always a long line ... prices are reasonable ... chefs from Sichuan, and the owner of the restaurant just sits outside collecting cash ... I forgot the name, but you should definitely check it out if you have a chance! What's really funny is, if the lady (who's in charge of the seatings) don't like you, she won't offer you a seat. They do so much business they don't really care if you eat there or not. Talk about attitude. You practically have to beg to eat there ... I love China. Good luck!