With 147 years of rich history, these miniature steamed buns are traditionally filled with soup and meat, but variations of seafood and vegetarian fillings have surfaced in the recent years. Meat gelatin is first placed within the buns before steaming, which results in the signature explosive and juicy buns.
Try it at: Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant (南翔馒头店 – 豫园路店). Located in the City God Temple precinct, it’s a 7-minute drive from Fraser Residence Shanghai.
Address: Yuyuan Bazaar, 378 Fu You Road, Shanghai, China
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm daily
Spare Ribs with Rice Cakes
A unique and flavourful dish with 50 years of history, the Spare Ribs with Rice Cakes are a traditional favourite amongst the locals. Large and thin pieces of rice cakes are fried, then cooked with the spare ribs till crisp and golden. Slightly sweet in taste, this is another must-try in Shanghai.
Try it at: Xianlaide Restaurant (鲜得来排骨年糕 – 云南南路店). Take an 8-minute walk from Fraser Residence Shanghai.
Address: No. 46 South Yunnan Road, Shanghai, China
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm daily
Contact: +86 021 6326 1284, +86 021 6336 6108
Probably one of the most popular Sichuan dishes in Chengdu, Mapo beancurd is more than just being spicy. Despite the ominous-looking bright red suspension of chilli oil, you’ll be surprised to find the many elements of spice, smoothness and aromatic flavours all within the sauce, amidst the smooth beancurd cubes and minced meat.
Try it at: Chen Ma Po Dou Fu (陈麻婆豆腐老店). Located in LuoMaShi, it’s a 10-minute drive from Fraser Suites Chengdu.
Address: 197 West Yulong Street, LuoMaShi, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu, China
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 9pm daily
Contact: +86 028 8674 3889
Boiled Fish with Sichuan Pickles