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.
The spring strawberry season has arrived, and you can find bushels of these plump red goodies glistening in baskets at every fruit stall in town. When we’re not inhaling fresh strawberries like a bear cub after hibernation, we’re enjoying them cocooned in molten sugar and spitted on a stick kebab-style.
Various vendors sell strawberry skewers, but the highest concentration are found in big-name street food sites such as Yuyuan Gardens and Qibao Old Town – usually sold alongside hawthorne, kiwi, and tangerine kebabs. You pay 5RMB for a stick with 8-10 sugar-encrusted strawberries stuck on it, (if you’re lucky they’ll glaze them in sugar in front of you), and start snacking.
And yes, before trying them, I also thought the idea of already sweet fruit entombed in even more sugar and stuck on stick sounded gimmicky, like something you’d find sold outside a tent by a mustached carnival barker with a striped suit and cane yelling “step right up!” I still kind’ve think that. But when you crunch through that candy crust and sink into that gooey strawberry center, your taste buds won’t care.
Fruit skewer stall at the entrance of Sipailou Lu, near Fangbang Zhong Lu (四牌楼路, 近方浜中路).
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