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.
For whatever reason, the area surrounding the Hefei Road-Zhaozhou Road intersection is absolutely peppered with wonton stalls. All of them are cheap and delicious, but Er Guang pushes the white flour envelope with its ban hun tun (拌馄饨); the traditional pouches of minced pork and shepherd’s vegetable made even more sublime by the addition of a creamy peanut dressing.
14RMB gets you ten, which are given a quick steam bath, lubricated with peanut sauce, and flopped on your plate. They look a bit like squashed white baby bonnets. The locals compare them to cat’s ears. You can either take them to go or eat them at the small communal seating area down their back alley. But arrive at 6pm sharp if you want to sit down, this place fills up fast.
Usually harboring a fairly one-tract meat-veg flavor, here they take on a sweet-savory dimension alla the peanut sauce. Make sure to swish them around thoroughly so each gets an equal coat. Their taste might remind you of the Fujian willow leaf dumplings sold at Shaxian Delicacies, but a bit more robust.
Er Guang – 209 Zhaozhou Lu, Hefei Lu (肇周路209号, 近合肥路).
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