Yang’s Fried Dumpings
The demise of the stalls and vendors on the eastern portion of Wujiang Lu has been rumored for a few months now. While the modernization of the popular food street might very well come to fruition in 2009, it’s apparent that Yang’s fried dumplings (小杨生煎) will maintain its Wujiang Lu roots for quite a while longer.
The insanely popular Yang’s has set up a shop on the far western side of the street (next to Maoming Lu), on the 2nd floor of of the new sterile new food mall that may be a harbinger of things to come for Wujiang’s older cousins to the east. The building also houses a Burger King, KFC, Lisboa, and a Coco Curry (yes!), but more interestingly Yang’s will literally be facing off against another Shanghai dumpling institution in Nanxiang (南翔馒头), the main xiao long bao (小笼包) attraction at the Yu Garden. Given that both restaurants serve equally legendary dumplings but of two separate pork dumpling categories, we’re more likely to see a harmonious co-existence between the two in their new, polished Wujiang Lu digs. Especially because Yang’s has kept the price of their dumplings (4.5 RMB for an order of four) the same, as have Nanxiang (at least their third floor – around 36 RMB for an order of six).
Eric Hu is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news and gossip about Shanghai’s food scene to food at shanghaiist.com.