Anytime you feel a slight pang of hunger, no matter how little, or what remote corner of the city you’re in, there will be someone selling snacks. This type of food is known as xiaochi (small eats) and encompasses everything from steamed buns, dumplings, pancakes, noodles and fried breads. This lady is selling various food on a stick (hot sweet corn-on-the-cob on a stick, tofu balls on a stick, fish balls on a stick) and tea cooked eggs. They all sit simmering in bowls of steaming broth to keep them hot, and nothing costs more than 2 yuan.
Each morning she will wheel her heavy wooden cart to a spot likely to have brisk trade – today she was parked on the zebra crossing outside the fabric market on Lujiabang Lu, and business looked busy, despite the traffic whizzing closely by.
Number 24 Guotie – potsticker dumplings
Number 25 Nuomi Cai Tou – fried clover pancakes