Why we love it: What could be better than the already loved steamed boazi? A fried one, of course. And in a city that likes to fry, it is no wonder these are a perfect Shanghainese snack. Filled with succulent halal beef, they are outrageously delicious.

Where to get it: These are served up just outside the mosque on Changde Lu during the street’s Friday Muslim Market for just RMB 1. But be warned, they sell out well before the one o’clock prayer service.



Why we love it: These are the single best way to soak up some liquid from a hard night out (RMB 4). Maybe it’s the MSG or the high sodium, but whatever the reason, these bowls of made-to-order noodles are addictively tasty.

Where to get it: We think the best ones during the daylight hours are just outside the front gates of East China Normal University. And we're willing to bet that every student there agrees.


Why we love it: While the original post of Yang’s has closed, they are still frying the best shengjian in town at their second location down the block. RMB 4.5 gets you four fried, greasy, and scallion scattered dumplings. There’s never a bad time to eat this snack.

Where to get it: The cleaner version of the once authentic Wujiang Lu stall has moved further west on the same road. Although now in a mall, the new Yang’s will not disappoint -- and they have the crowds to prove it.


Why we love it: Sweet, fluffy, and fibrous, these steamed sweet potatoes are a nice contrast to most Shanghai cheap eats. Usually sold out of a pushcart until summer, they are one of the healthiest snacks in town.

Where to get it: We ran into a vendor pushing her carton Dongping Lu. “I go wherever the crowd is," she told us. So our advice is to find a crowd, and try and track down this RMB 3-7 (based on weight) snack.


Why we love it: Bowls of beef noodle soup are full meals in themselves. Boasting braised slices, cubes, or minced pieces of beef, this soup is Chinese comfort food at its best. The ones here run around RMB 7-8.50.

Where to get it:We like to slurp at the open-air stall on the corner of Xikang Lu and Xinfeng Lu. If you complain that you have to sit outside when it’s raining, no soup for you.


Why we love it: Few things taste better at four in the morning than a few grilled kebabs. Our favorite is of course the yang rou chuan -- lamb kebabs. Perfectly seasoned with cumin and paprika, they make for a perfect ending to any night out.
为啥受欢迎: 凌晨4点钟的时候,没有什么能比烤肉串更好吃的了。我们最喜欢的当然是烤羊肉串了,再撒上点孜然粉和辣椒粉,夜宵就解决了。

Where to get it: If you’re not outside MAO at 4am, fear not, for our favorite stall is opened during daylight hours. On the corner of Wulumuqi Lu and Yuyuan Access Lu, they grill some pretty mean lamb for around RMB 2 per stick.


Why we love it: RMB 4 usually gets you a Styrofoam container of eight of these velvety and delicate Shanghai classics. The cure for any hunger pain, these are seriously good.

Where to get it: Everywhere. That is the greatest thing about xiaolongbao -- they can be ordered at five star restaurants, malls, food courts, and street stalls. Our favorite, though, are from the stall on the corner of Yunnan Nan Lu and Jinling Dong Lu.


Why we love it: Pick your meat, and then add the veggies you want -- we love the pulled chicken for RMB 5 with cilantro, lettuce, and plenty of chili sauce. The buns are steamed, split open, then stuffed with the most tasty meat and veggie mix.

Where to get it: For some reason, Caoxi Bei Lu, from Ikea to just about Lingling Lu is full of these stalls. Our favorite is just near the metro entrance of Shanghai Stadium.


Why we love it: An entire mall devoted to cheap eats -- what’s not to love? When in need of a cheap xiaochi, this place has got us covered.
为啥受欢迎: 网罗各式小吃的食品商店,有什么理由不喜欢它呢?在这里,可以找到我们想要的、各式各样的、经济实惠的小吃。

Where to get it: While we don’t necessarily suggest trekking all the way out to Fudan University just to ogle at all the edible items at this mall, we do suggest checking it out if you’re already in the area and need a delicious study break.


Why we love it: For something sweet, we cannot get enough of these RMB 1 red bean pastries that will satisfy even your sweetest of teeth.

Where to get it: Although offered at many bakeries and pastry shops, we like ours fried right off the street. We think some of the best are offered at a little unmarked stand on the corner of Xikang Lu and Nanyang Lu.


Why we love it: You know you are becoming a true Shanghailander when you start craving these eats. Once we got over the initial shock of the stench of the snack we found the tofu clean and silky. And four for just RMB 1 -- we’d be crazy not to love these.
为啥受欢迎: 只有当你开始欢喜上臭豆腐的时候,你才是真正的上海人。在习惯了臭豆腐最初的臭味之后,我们发现臭豆腐其实非常干净、细滑,而且4块臭豆腐只要花费1块钱,让我笑得嘴巴都合不拢了。

Where to get it: Our two favorite cares are under the Wuning Lu Bridge, near the entrance to Carrefour, and on Yunnan Nan Lu.