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.
While Yu Gardens may attract tourists like moths to lamplight, the real draw in that area is Sipailou Road, one of Shanghai’s street food oases. Fruit kebabs, fried noodles, both white and black stinky tofu, xiaolongxia, seafood, and more make an appearance here, but for a quick snack, nothing beats Three Delicacies Wrapped in Tofu Skin (san xian dou pi, 三鲜豆皮).
A staple of Wuhan in Hubei Province, san xian dou pi entails glutinous rice and three savory foods (the three delicacies) pan-fried between tofu skin, the film that’s skimmed from boiled soy milk. The heat tickles the tofu skin until crisp and yellow, kind of like well-scrambled eggs. Then the sheet’s flipped so tofu skin is on top and the rice is on bottom getting toasted by the pan. Finally, a handful of scallions is tossed on top.
The Sipailou road stand switches the recipe up a bit with a skin made from ground mung bean and a wheat pancake spread with egg rather than bean curd. Its three treasures are mushroom, pork, and firm tofu with soy and spices, called xiang gao. The mushroom coats the crisp sticky rice with its earthy essence, which when coupled with the fatty pork, savory tofu and crunchy wheat skin, creates a nuclear fusion of flavor.
5RMB gets you five squares to be consumed in a bowl with chopsticks at one of the nearby tables. Enjoy.
Stand near the entrance to Sipailou Road, near Fang Bang Road (上海市四牌楼路, 近放榜路). Open from morning until late.
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