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.
Forget the mystery meat on sticks, real men eat meat off swords. Well, flat metal skewers actually, but standing over a roaring fire and ripping into a dripping animal haunch spitted on one of these babies does make you want to raze a village to the ground and sow their fields with salt Genghis Khan-style. These Flinstones-sized street meals (大烤串, dà kǎo chuàn) hail from Xinjiang and you can find lamb racks, chicken wings, and pork ribs speared on metal prongs at the west entrance to Shanghai University right off Jufengyuan Road.
After you cross the bridge leaving the school, make your first right onto that narrow alley with covered tables on one side and hawkers wokking up fried noodles, rice, and other eats on the other. The kebab vendors are two or three stalls down. Chicken legs go for around 5RMB a piece, duck legs for 6RMB, and lamb for 35RMB per jin, so order your meats of choice, sit on a bench and get lost in the meat fest. Yeah it’s kind’ve far but there are enough street foods and a whole two-story complex of cheap local restaurants next door to make it worth the trip.
Kebab stand – Alleyway off Jufengyuan Lu, near Huifeng Lu (聚丰园路，近汇丰路). Closest metro stop: Shanghai University, line 7.
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