The best bites of winter in Shanghai
Updated: 2016-12-16

Winter can be cold in Shanghai, but there is one huge consolation: The delicious seasonal delicacies that can be found everywhere!

Here are three of Shanghai's best winter dishes to warm your belly and nourish your soul:


Xiasha shaomai [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]

Xiasha shaomai (下沙烧卖)
Xiasha shaomai is a kind of traditional dumpling which has been setting Shanghainese stomachs rumbling for hundreds of years, and each winter restaurants all over the city will offer a tasty seasonal twist on the dumplings with a fresh bamboo shoot, pork and pigskin jelly filling.

Named part of Pudong New District’s intangible cultural heritage in 2011, the dumplings have long been on Chinese foodies' must-try list, and cost only 3.5 yuan.

The dumplings can be found in restaurants all over Shanghai, many of which are named Xiasha Shaomai after the dish.


A seasonal delicacies soup with Sanlintang pork skin, prawns, egg dumplings and pork tripe [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]

Sanlintang pork skin (三林塘肉皮)
The Sanlintang pork skin in Shanghai, with its sponge-like shape, is the best partner for prawns, chicken, smoked fish and pork tripe to make a fresh seasonal soup. Soaking up the aroma and flavor of the ingredients, the crispy pork skin is the perfect accompaniment.


Braised mutton with soy sauce is a classic Shanghai dish. [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]

Jiangqiao mutton (江桥羊肉)
If you're looking for authentic Shanghai-style mutton, look no further than Jiangqiao town in Jiading district.

Hidden in a humble corner of the local vegetable market, the time-honored flavor is brought out with gentle simmering and special soy sauce, and helps to ward off the chill of the freezing winter days.

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