Every few days our team will scour Shanghai’s dining scene for scrumptious dishes that’ll fill your belly without emptying your savings. Not to discriminate, we’ll search everywhere from bicycle carts to chic venues with twenty-course tasting menus, knowing that any spot could have the next Dish of the Day.
Eating roast duck from a street stall is like eating a restaurant entrée without the obstacles of a reservation, soup or salad appetizer, smarmy waiter, or the 200 or more RMB. It’s just you and a pound of plump livery meat, bones, grease and crisp skin seemingly frosted underneath with white fat.
You’ll find roast duck stands on the fringes of most west markets near the bao and cong you bing stands. Look for the ones with the hanging ducks, not the splayed ducks rotating in a heated carousel oven (though those are pretty good too). The average price is around 40RMB a bird, but if you’re only a few people, we advise getting a half-duck, which the guy or lady will hack up and cram into a styrofoam container with a pouch of soy.
Just pop a squat on a nearby stoop with a cold can of Suntory from a nearby Family Mart, and enjoy your duck amidst the bustling marketplace.
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