Yang’s Fried Dumplings 小楊生煎
Add*: 97 Huang He Lu / 黃河路97號
Tel: 5375 1793
Price: 4 RMB/5 dumplings
Visited: Oct 2010
Even though it’s most definitely not a personal favorite, I feel obliged to blog about Yang’s because this place is reputed as having the best fried dumplings (sheng jian bao) in Shanghai.
*50+ locations available in Shanghai, check website for detail.
So this is what you do. 1. Go to the window pay for however many dumplings you want to buy (4 RMB/5 dumplings). 2. With your ticket, go line up for the window where you pick up the dumplings. 3. Head over the the window right next to it to pick up the sauce. For first timers, this might be a hectic experience especially if you don’t speak Chinese.
So what are sheng jian bao anyway? A specialty of Shanghai. Puffy pork dumplings, shallow-fried in round black pans for a crispy bottom, thick skin sprinkled with sesame seeds and chopped green onions, contains hot soup that burns.
Take a look at the picture below to see how crowded this place is, despite rumorssaying that the Yang’s dumplings are made with pork that gives you cancer (Google this). Well, whether that’s true or not, I didn’t expect quality meat at 4 RMB/5 dumplings.
If you have a special thing for fried dumplings, do get yours here – it seems like 99% of the customers are local, which is a sure sign of authenticity.