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.
Not all great eats in Shanghai are located within five metro stops of People’s Square; some you find at the end of the line where city lights collide with dusky flatlands. An hour’s ride on Line 10 from Jiaotong University to Jiangwan Stadium gets you to a bitty food strip where lies Laoyafensitang and some of the best damn potstickers in town.
What first attracted us to this dinky sit-downer was the turnover rate at mealtime, which evoked a time-lapse video, and after one fen of fried potstickers (4RMB for 4), we knew why.
The hot cushiony wrapper, toasty black sesame seeds, the veritable cluster-bomb of pork and liquid within, and the pan-browned bottom that crunches with finality all join to form a truly marvelous parcel. Think the potsticker equivalent of a Yang’s Fry Dumpling. In fact, we constantly quibble over which is better.
Maybe they’re not worth the trip if you’re at the other end of the line, but if it’s six stops away or fewer, there’s no excuse not to go.
Laoyafensitang – 12 Guoji Lu, Zhengdan Lu (国济路12号, 近政旦东路). Tel: 147-8214-8288. Hours: 7am-9:30pm. Closest metro stop: Jiangwan Stadium (江湾体育场) Line 10
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