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  • It’s Trevor James

  • I’m in Shanghai, China

  • And were going for a full on street food exploration of this city

  • I’m so pumped

  • Let’s go check it out

  • Shanghai is now one of the world’s most modern and upscale cities in the world

  • Over the course of a few decades

  • The stereotype of bicycle packed streets is now one filled with Porches and highrises

  • I came here to eat

  • And as a city famous for importing other cuisines from across China

  • Locals take pride in the few dishes that they do specialize in

  • I started out by having a solo Foodranginday in search of a few of those specialties

  • And then the next day I met up with a local friend for feasting

  • 什么饼里面? What’s the pastry in there?

  • 这个啊? This?

  • 你吃一下就知道了 If you eat it youll know

  • 是葱饼吗? Is it made with onions?

  • 这个是葱饼 This one has green onions

  • 这个是什么? What about this one?

  • 这个是甜的 This one is sweet

  • 这个是甜的吗? Oh this one is sweet?

  • Yeah

  • 然后这个呢? What about this one?

  • 这个咸的 It’s salty

  • 咸的,那我可以吃一个甜的吗? Oh salty, can I have a sweet one please

  • 这个甜的有什么馅? What’s the filling in the sweet one?

  • 糖的 It’s sugar

  • Yeah

  • Lucky catch!

  • 这个是糖的 This is made with sugar

  • Yeah

  • 糖的 It’s made with sugar

  • 甜的 It’s sweet

  • 是红糖吗? Is it made with brown sugar?

  • 白糖 It’s white sugar

  • 谢谢你 Thank you

  • 那个是馅的 That one is salty

  • 有盐 It has salt

  • 那我尝一下 Then I gotta try it out

  • 好吃很棒的 It’s delicious and awesome

  • 香啊,中国的小吃啊,有名 It’s so fragrant, a specialty from China, so famous

  • 很有名 Oh it’s famous

  • 你们国家肯定没有 Your country definitely doesn’t have this

  • 没有 Nope

  • 这个是我们上海的特色 This is our Shanghai specialty

  • 很甜的 It’s so sweet

  • 你们喜欢吃面包什么咖啡的 You guys eat those bread and coffee things

  • 我们只要这个的 We eat this

  • 噢,我们喜欢咖啡,你们喜欢这个 Oh, we like coffee, you guys like this

  • 很好吃的 It’s really good

  • 你来自哪个国家? Where are you from?

  • 加拿大 Canada

  • 谢谢你 Thanks

  • Oh it’s like a little pocket of sugar

  • The inside is really nice and flaky and soft

  • And the outside is crunchy

  • That’s what it’s all about

  • I needed something else to eat for breakfast

  • So I walked down the street

  • And I found a famous China snack

  • The jianbing

  • AKA the Chinese crepe

  • It’s made with sticky dough and topped with a raw egg thats spread overtop

  • Then add some coriander and scallions

  • A few chopped mustard pickles

  • And then the real magic

  • A special bean paste and a touch of chilies

  • And a final addition of a crispy cracker

  • Then BOOM, this beauty is ready to devour

  • 谢谢你 Thanks

  • 太好了 Awesome

  • Were going to try it out

  • Look at this

  • Look at this crispy jianbing

  • That’s what its all about

  • And the jiang is so fragrant

  • Were just going to go right in for that

  • Were going to go right in for the kill here

  • That is the perfect flavour delivery in the morning

  • Oh yeah

  • 那个有一点辣 It’s a little spicy

  • 你要辣嘛? You like it spicy?

  • 我爱辣 I love it spicy

  • That’s so good

  • The bean paste is really nice

  • It’s quite salty

  • That cracker is really crispy

  • Same with this outer skin

  • That’s a true classic Chinese breakfast here in Shanghai

  • And since it was Friday

  • I made my way over to the Friday weekly muslim market

  • A thriving hotspot of food and culture from the Uighur people of China’s far west Xinjiang province

  • This was like meat heaven

  • 这个是羊肉是吗?全羊 So this is a whole roast lamb?

  • Yes

  • 你们用什么香料? What ingredients do you use?

  • 吓? Huh?

  • 用什么香料 What sort of ingredients?

  • 好吃的 We use good ingredients

  • 很香的 It smells so nice

  • 我可以吃多少钱? can I please try some, how much should I eat?

  • 现在可以吃一点吗?20块可以吗? How about 20 RMB ($3.00)?

  • 20块不可以,30块以上 20 isn’t enough, but 30 RMB ($4.50) is good

  • 30块好好 OK 30 sounds good

  • 我吃30块 I’ll have 30 worth

  • Wow this looks so good

  • 40块行吗? How about 40 ($6.00) Wow this looks so good

  • 40块行吗? How about 40 ($6.00)

  • 这个30块? This is 30?

  • 40块 It’s 40

  • 40块? 40?

  • 这里有标价的 The price is here

  • 40,可以 40, sounds good

  • 这个是什么味道的? What’s the main flavour of the lamb?

  • 咸的 It’s salty

  • 好吃的 Good flavour

  • It’s salty

  • He wouldn’t tell me what spices are on there

  • So were just going right in for the taste test

  • Oh that looks so tender

  • Chopsticks with lamb

  • Let’s just go in

  • That is super tender

  • It’s like light cumin

  • It’s like a light sprinkle of cumin

  • 给你一个尝尝 You have to try these

  • 我要去尝一尝,看起来很好吃的 I’ll go over there and buy some, they look good

  • 来,拿上 Have one here

  • 噢,真的吗? Really?

  • 真的吗? Really?

  • 来这个大的 Take a big one

  • 可以吗? Really?

  • 可以 Yeah

  • 不好意思,我尝一尝 Oh I’ll just take a little try

  • 这个是羊肉馅? This is lamb filling?

  • We have a lamb jiaozi

  • A huge jiaozi

  • 太好了 Awesome

  • 再来一个 Take another one

  • 不用不用,我去买 No no, I’ll go buy some

  • 不用,再来一个 Don’t do that, just have another one here

  • 真的吗? Really?

  • 真的 Yeah really

  • 不用不用 No no

  • 没事,再来一个 No problem, take another

  • 谢谢 Thank you

  • It fell apart

  • 谢谢 Thank you

  • That is deep, strong mutton flavour

  • 这个羊肉的味道很重 The lamb flavour is so strong

  • 对对对 Yeah it is

  • 很重,很好吃的 It’s so heavy

  • And after that marvellous lamb dumpling

  • I explored a few other stalls and I found a puffy and juicy Xinjiang style fried beef bao

  • That was ultra oily

  • It was definitely one of the oiliest baos that I have ever tried

  • 牛肉煎包 Beef fried bao

  • 一个多少钱? How much for one?

  • 2.5块 It’s 2.5 RMB ($0.37)

  • 那我吃一个 Great then I’ll buy one please

  • 好的,吃一个尝尝 Great, try one out

  • 牛肉煎包 The beef bao

  • 太好了 Awesome

  • 太好了 Yeah awesome

  • 你们特色的馅 Your specialty filling

  • 很好吃的,你吃一个尝尝 It’s really good, try it out

  • 谢谢 Thank you

  • Oh it’s hot!

  • Were going to go right in

  • Did you see that?

  • Did you see the squirt?

  • That is super oily

  • I didn’t get much of the filling though, let’s go deeper

  • Look at that beef filling

  • Oh yeah, that is layered

  • The core is completely juicy heaven

  • The outer crust is so crispy

  • And the middle is like a fluffy gooey dough layer

  • Look at it it’s so juicy

  • Next level pocket of glee right here

  • And after exploring a little more

  • I made my way to try the famous Shanghai sesame butter noodles

  • These were off the hook delicious

  • I can smell the sesame

  • That sesame smell

  • 你有麻酱面? You have the sesame paste noodles?

  • 特色的麻酱面 The special sesame paste noodles?

  • 一碗麻酱面还有牛肉汤 One bowl of those and also a bowl of beef curry soup please

  • 20块 It’s 20 RMB ($3.00)

  • 谢谢 Thanks

  • Nowhere to sit

  • This is busy

  • 给你可以吗? Can I give this to you?

  • 谢谢 Thanks

  • 听说你们的麻酱面很特色的 I hear the noodles here are the best

  • 这个是芝麻酱吗? This is the sesame paste?

  • Yeah

  • 还有牛肉汤 And a bowl of beef curry soup

  • 然后这个是什么? What about this

  • 这个是辣肉辣椒烧的肉 This is pork stewed in chilies

  • 辣椒?辣肉 Spicy pork

  • 谢谢 Thanks

  • Look at this!

  • Look at that presentation

  • It’s really nice and folded over

  • 我肯定要点那个 I’ll definitely have to order that

  • Were going to add the larou

  • Oh it’s covered in all that chili oil

  • Larou adding to the majiang sesame paste noodles

  • This is very delightful to the eyes

  • 这个是咖喱的味道,对吗? And this is like a light Chinese curry flavour?

  • 对对 Yeah

  • 咖喱的味道 Curry flavour

  • 放一点咖喱汤 Put a little curry soup in there

  • 搅拌一下 You gotta mix it up

  • 我尝一下 Let’s try it out

  • 那个特别香 That is super flavour packed

  • That is delicious

  • That sesame paste is really strong and buttery

  • And thick

  • 这个辣肉有一点辣,很好吃的 This pork definitely spicy

  • 你能吃辣吗? Do you like spicy?

  • 我爱辣 I love it spicy

  • Those are extraordinary

  • Some of the best noodles I’ve ever had

  • This is noodle heaven

  • I’m in noodle heaven right now

  • And for the final meal of the day before meeting up with my local friend the next day

  • I went to a classic time honoured restaurant that’s been open

  • And serving hungry customers their signature shengjianbao for over 80 years

  • The deep fried bao are cooked Shanghai style

  • With shrimp and minced pork thats just slightly sweet

  • 这里的生煎包可以吗? The shengjianbao is alright here?

  • 可以 Yeah they are good

  • 你吃过吗? Youve had them before?

  • 吃过 Yeah

  • 好吃吗? How are they?

  • 这个是老店,有名气的 This is a really old and famous joint

  • 有名气的 Super famous

  • 很长的历史? A long history?

  • 它叫大壶春 It’s calledDahuchun

  • 大壶春 “Dahuchun

  • 吃的话一定要到这里吃 If you eat shengjianbao, you have to eat them here

  • 在上海肯定要来这里? You gotta come here?

  • 我们家在这里还在这里买 Yeah we all buy them

  • 真的吗? Really?

  • 买了带回家里 We bring them back home

  • 买了带回家? Bring them home?

  • 谢谢你 Thank you

  • That what is all about! Look at these

  • So we have some authentic Shengjianbao here in Shanghai

  • Look at this

  • Stuffed with pork

  • Look at the bottom

  • It’s got that brown crispy layer

  • Almost like a stamp from a seal

  • Wow!

  • That meat is actually a little sweet

  • And I can taste

  • There’s like this crispy

  • Almost burnt like, but good burnt like flavour to this outer bun shell

  • You can taste the wokhei

  • The charry-ness of the wok

  • Of that pan that they grill them in

  • It’s beautiful

  • 美味的 A beautiful flavour

  • 这个外面的皮很脆脆的 The outer skin is so crispy

  • 脆脆的 Yeah it’s so crispy

  • 还有一点锅气的味道 And there is a “wokheiblack flavour to it