shanghai skyline

The city of Shanghai on China’s central coast is home to more than 24 million residents — nearly three times the population of New York City! As China’s most populous city, Shanghai is a hub of financial, cultural, and culinary innovations for the entire country. Originally a fishing village and market town, Shanghai grew into the booming metropolis that it is today thanks to its favorable port location. Like many regions of China, Shanghai features its own cuisine, which is differentiated by greater use of soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, and rice vinegar. As one of the most popular styles of Chinese food, Shanghainese cuisine can now be found all around the world, including right here in Bayside. 

At You Garden Xiao Long Bao, we serve authentic, delicious Shanghainese fare to Bayside and Queens. In our last blog post, we discussed xiaolongbao (Shanghainese steamed dumplings). Our xiaolongbao, available with pork, shrimp, or crab meat, are our most popular menu items, but we also offer a variety of other traditional Shanghainese dishes. In this blog post, we discuss some of the other Shanghainese Chinese foods available at You Garden Xiao Long Bao, and why you should give them a try. For the best Chinese food in Bayside, order from You Garden Xiao Long Bao today! We offer dine-in, take-out, and delivery.

Stir-Fried or Sauteed Eel

Shanghai is a coastal city, so it should come as no surprise that seafood makes up a large portion of the region’s cuisine. One of the most popular seafood options in the city is eel, served in a traditional sauce featuring bamboo shoots, garlic, and ginger. At You Garden Xiao Long Bao, we offer a variety of eel dishes, including our popular stir-fried eel with hot oil and Shanghai style sauteed eel. Check out our menu for pictures of these authentic delicacies. 

Mapo Tofu

Although technically a Sichuan dish, Shanghai has adopted this delicious offering as its own. Made of soft tofu, broad bean and chili paste, and ground meat, mapo tofu is an addictive treat that is great for warming up on blustery winter days. Be warned — this dish carries a kick! To help handle mapo tofu’s intense spiciness, we recommend pairing it with one of our beverage offerings, including wine, beer, and sodas. For a truly authentic experience, opt for one of our Asian beers, such as Asah, Sapporo, or Tsingtsao. 

Ribbonfish in Wine Sauce

Another Shanghainese seafood staple, ribbonfish is a type of long, slender fish with a dorsal fin running the length of its body. In Shanghai, chefs often prepare ribbonfish with special sauces made from chili, lime, ginger, and more. At You Garden Xiao Long Bao, we serve this traditional Chinese food with a hefty helping of our hand-crafted wine sauce. Pair our ribbonfish in wine sauce with rice or noodles to help soak up the juices, or enjoy it straight for a succulent, unforgettable feast. 

Shanghai Style Duck Soup

Our authentic Shanghai style duck soup is one of our most popular dishes. To prepare this classic comfort food, we simmer our homemade duck stock for hours before adding in fried tofu, greens, tender duck, and vermicelli noodles. At You Garden Xiao Long Bao, we serve our duck soup in a large portion, meant to be enjoyed by four or more people. What are you waiting for? Gather your friends, slip into a booth at our convenient Bayside location, and try this authentic Shanghainese fare for yourself!

Braised Meatballs with Crab Meat

Known as lion’s head meatballs in China, braised meatballs are the epitome of Shanghainese cooking — tender, moist, and savory-sweet, these sumptuous treats are made with pork and crab for a flavor sensation unlike anything else. Enjoy our braised meatballs with crab meat as an appetizer for the whole table or keep them for yourself as a filling, delectable entree. 

Shanghai Style Salad

Hapai cuisine offers a tasty Western take on traditional Shanghainese food. Dating back to when the city first opened its ports to the West, Hapai cuisine is characterized by its French, Italian, Russian, German, and British influences. A staple dish of Hapai cuisine is Shanghai-style salad. This variation of Russia’s Olivier salad is made by mixing salad dressing with boiled potatoes, diced sausages, and peas. Although Hapai restaurants were removed from China after the Cultural Revolution, you can still enjoy Shanghai style today, from the comfort of our Bayside restaurant. 

If your mouth is watering after reading this list of popular Shanghainese dishes, head over to our menu to see even more of what You Garden Xiao Long Bao has to offer. For the best Chinese food that Bayside has to offer, order dine-in, take-out, or delivery from You Garden Xiao Long Bao today!