When you hear the word, “Shanghai,” perhaps images of exotic locales with pagodas come to mind. Shanghai means “Upon-the-Sea” since it sits along the East China Seas and is also the home of the Yangtze River Delta. Always of import for its shipping, Shanghai remains today one of the world’s busiest container ports. As the largest city in China, feeding all those people is a priority. Shanghai has developed its own unique combinations of food that many love. You Garden Xiao Long Bao of Bayside, NY, offers the best Shanghainese food. Order yours today!
WHAT IS SHANGHAINESE FOOD?
Shanghainese food reflects Shanghai and the its surrounding provinces. Shanghai cuisine is known for its greater use of soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, and rice vinegar than other regional varieties of Chinese cuisines. The city of Shaoxing in eastern Zhejiang province is famous for growing and cultivating China’s finest rice wine and the Jiangsu province is famous for its black rice vinegar.
INFLUENCES ON SHANGHAINESE FOOD
The longest river in Asia, the Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia. Most of the land of the provinces surrounding Shanghai is at or below sea level, affording the formation of hundreds of freshwater lakes and fertile floodplain wetlands, which are perfect for growing rice. Amidst these low-lying coastal areas and along the Yangtze River are mountains. Tea is traditionally grown where mountains are under 6,000 feet high. Two examples of popular teas grown in and around Shanghai include Ti Kwan Yin and white tea, which is made from immature tea leaves before the buds have fully opened.
COOKING METHODS OF SHANGHAINESE FOOD
Shanghai works at a slower pace than the rest of China. Hence, Shanghainese cuisine is usually slow cooked. Sauces are important here as indicated by the development and prominence of “red-cooking,” which is where food is slowly braised in a flavorful soy-sauce-based liquid with a variety of sugars and spices, such as five-spice powder, thrown in the mix. Many Shanghainese families develop their own speciality sauce for red-cooking that is passed down through the generations. Popular dishes include Lion’s Head Meatballs. Stir frying is all about the sauce in Shanghai as evidenced by the immediate use of it as soon as the cooking begins.
POPULAR SHANGHAINESE DISHES
- Xiao long bao (steamed Shanghai buns)
- Hairy Crab
- 1,000-year-old preserved eggs
- Beggar’s Chicken
- “Stinky Tofu”
- Eight Precious Rice
- Pickled and preserved dishes
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