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.
As with any guilty pleasure – the McRib, the Twinkie, Twilight – the Taiwanese shouzhua bing sounds heinous on paper. It entails bacon of dubious origin, that industrial-grade cheese found at every fast-food joint, and a fried egg, all wrapped in a crepe-like pancake so greasy you’d swear it was used to mop down the McDonald’s deep-fryer. Not to mention that shouzhua bing’s generally sold in shady stalls alongside knockoff KFC chicken and mystery-meat burgers.
But like a culinary phoenix rising from the ashes, out of the grit emerges a symphony of flavor. Something about the way the runny cheese gloms onto the greasy bacon and oily pancake makes the shouzha bing not only mouth-watering, but the perfect line of defense against a raging hangover. Think of it like a ’70s orgy: a rag-tag group of characters, but a satisfying overall experience.
Our favorite shouzhua bing vendor is right outside the side entrance of Jiao Tong University on Panyu Lu, where it goes for 8.5RMB. Whether zig-zagged with ketchup, dusted with spice, or plain, shouzhua bing’s the best thing to tide hungry students over between class periods.
Shouzhua bing stand – 667 Panyu Lu, Huai Hai Xi Lu (番禺路667号, 近淮海西路). Hours: 10am-12am daily.
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