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.
Nothing greases you up for a hard day’s work like a golden wand of deep-fried dough dipped in creamy soy milk at 6am. You see Chinese crullers (油条, yóutiáo) and soy milk (豆浆, dòujiāng) on just about every food street corner, usually next to the baozi guy. And honestly, most crullers are either too dry or so oily you could use one as a torch to explore catacombs. That’s why we like the version at Lao Shaoxing Doujiang, which strikes a perfect medium between crackling and oily. And their soy milk’s piping hot.
A cruller and a bowl of soy milk runs you 4RMB if you get the sweet soy, 6RMB if you choose the salty version, which is sprinkled with scallions, preserved greens and mustard tubers and topped with a splash of vinegar and chili oil. Either way, pretty damn agreeable. We like ordering the salty version first, and then chasing it with the sweet. Make sure to dip the cruller in, so it sops up all that goodness (think the Chinese version of dunking your doughnuts in coffee). And if that’s not enough to slip you into a carb coma, go for either the sweet or savory rice balls stuffed with pickled veg and a crumpled up cruller (粢饭团, cī fàn tuán).
Lao Shaoxing Doujiang’s open from 10pm until 6:30am, during which there’s a line down the block. Fortunately, Zhaozhou Lu offers plenty with which to entertain your stomach until then. We recommend hitting up the wontons with peanut sauce at Er Guang for dinner, downing a few pints and Jackie’s Beer Nest, and when you’re nice and sauced, going for this oily and sweet antidote to tomorrow’s hangover at Lao Doujiang.
Lao Shaoxing Doujiang – 309 Zhaozhou Lu, near Jianguo Xin Lu (黄浦区 肇周309号, 近建国新路). Hours: 10pm-6:30am. Closest metro stop: Lujiabang Road, lines 8/9.
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