Serious Eats: Essential Shanghai Street Food: 14 Must-Eat Dishes

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Cook Preparing Street Food In ShanghaiWith a population of more than 24 million, Shanghai isn’t just the biggest city in China, it’s also the nation’s street food epicenter. In part that’s thanks to the area’s compelling food culture—the city sits in the Yangtze River Delta where it meets the Yellow Sea, and the often sweet, oily cuisine is especially well known for its use of freshwater fish, eels, and crustaceans, seafood, and water plants like lotus root. But mostly it’s because the city is a magnificent, pulsing magnet for migrants from all over China who come to Shanghai seeking work. When they can’t find the jobs they dreamed of, many start street food businesses, bringing the food culture of their home province and some of the best foods from all over China right into the heart of Shanghai…

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