Nanxiang Xiaolongbao Tour
Updated: 2014-12-18

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Nanxiang Xiaolongbao, or Nanxiang steamed bun, is a traditional local snack featuring thin skin, tender meat and juicy filling. It has a history of more than a century, since the food first appeared during the reign of Emperor Tongzhi of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).

Delicacy: Nanxiang Xiaolongbao

Nanxiang Xiaolongbao, recognized as a “decent” local snack, was selected among the first batch of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Shanghai.

There are a total of 20 procedures in its recipe, from choosing the flour to serving it on the table. It is said that the xiaolongbao at Guyi Garden Restaurant has 18 folds. The more folds, the thinner the skin will be and the more stuffing can be wrapped. The food is not so much a snack as a delicate work of art.

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Old Street Xiaolong Restaurant [Photo provided by Jiading tourism bureau]

Visit: Authentic Nanxiang Xiaolongbao

Authentic xiaolongbao can be tasted in Nanxiang town of Jiading district or at City God Temple of Shanghai. As the birthplace of the food, Nanxiang boasts a number of restaurants for authentic xiaolongbao. Besides the famous Guyi Garden Restaurant, there are Rihuaxuan, Jimeilou, Changxinglou and Tayunlou on Nanxiang Old Street.

The xiaolongbao restaurants on Guyiyuan Road look more or less the same, with a stove and hot snacks in bamboo food steamers at the entrance. Fengji Xiaolong is one of the old brand xiaolongbao restaurants in Nanxiang. Apart from the traditional pork stuffing, the restaurant’s xiaolongbao stuffed with crab meat are also delicious. The soups and wontons in the restaurants also boast a local flavor that is worth tasting. There are also a variety of xiaolongbao at Yiyuanju Restaurant stuffed with crab meat, shrimp and scallop and sold at a favorable price.
Guyi Garden Restaurant

Address: No 218, Huyi Highway, Nanxiang town, Jiading district

Business hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Price: 30 yuan ($5) for 20 buns

Transportation: Take metro Line 11 to Nanxiang Station and transfer to Nanxiang Bus 3

Telephone: 021-59121335

Old Street Xiaolong Restaurant

Address: No 137, Shengchan Street, Nanxiang Old Street Scenic Spot, Jiading district

Business hours: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price: 30 yuan ($5) for 20 buns

Transportation: Take metro Line 11 to Nanxiang Station and transfer to Nanxiang Bus 2, 3 or 5

Telephone: 021-69120286

Bustling: Nanxiang Xiaolongbao Culture Exhibition

The Nanxiang Xiaolongbao Culture Exhibition held in late September or early October every year is a brand of the Shanghai Tourism Festival.

The most bustling activity of the exhibition is a “xiaolongbao banquet for hundreds of people” on Nanxiang Old Street, where over 100 old-fashioned square tables line the street and waitresses in traditional local apparel serve hot xiaolongbao on the tables. Tourists can enjoy the delicious snacks and experience real xiaolongbao culture at the activity.

Useful tips

Tips on take-out xiaolongbao

There are many restaurants in Nanxiang selling semi-finished xiaolongbao, but only food made on the day is fresh. If the xiaolongbao are frozen, there will be probably no juice after steaming.

How to eat

Pick them up carefully with chopsticks and ensure the skin does not split. Take a small bite on the skin and suck the juice out.

Route design

Suggested route: Guyi Garden – Nanxiang Old Street – Yunxiang Temple – Tanyuan Garden

Best time to visit

All year

Food information

Although Nanxiang is famous for its xiaolongbao, a rice dumpling restaurant on Nanxiang Old Street is also popular among tourists. People can enjoy rice dumplings with different stuffing, such as pork, date-paste, bean-paste and sesame at the restaurant. They can also buy uncooked dumplings.

Extended travel

Nanxiang Shineland Park

Nanxiang Shineland is a creative park built at the site of an old enterprise. Yigu Cultural and Creative Industrial Park in it aims to build the largest art gallery in Asia.

Address: No 1188, Huyi Highway, Nanxiang town, Jiading district

Telephone: 021-33510055
 

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