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Jia Jia Tang Bao Shanghai

Jia Jia Tang Bao - review by Nicole Allmann

Style: Stalwart Xiaolongbao Lunch Canteen

Address: 90 Huanghe Road , Fengyang Lu , Shanghai
Area: Fengyang Lu

Phone: + 86 21-63276878

Price: Expect to pay around $2-3 per dozen dumplings.

Jia Jia Tang Bao, located in the trendy Fengyang Lu shopping district, is a stalwart dumpling restaurant (xiaolongbao) that needs no virtual introduction. Its reputation, largely influenced by word of mouth, means this diminutive dumpling canteen has little need to self-promote via online social networking channels, or for that matter, within Shanghai's glossy city guides. Founded in 1905, this superb neighborhood gem, situated on bustling Huanghe Street, has been delighting locals with bamboo-steamed pork specials for well over a Century. Today, Jia Jia Tang Bao is staffed by five friendly, native ladies, whose frenzied chatter, attentiveness and delicious fayre will make you feel right at home!

The canteen offers both a fixed and revolving specials menu, dominated by variations of soup and pork ball dumplings. Servings range from 12-24 dumpling balls – not all that filling given that they are characteristically small, light and wrapped in only a thin sheath of pastry. Folded dumplings are made from scratch, so a wait of up to 20 minutes is generally expected. That being said, you''ll be doing yourself a favour if you rock up before 2pm, since Jia Jia Tang Bao's acclaimed pork and shrimp variety are wont to sell out quickly. Be sure to try the succulent pork and crab dumplings with wasabi sauce – a delicious alternative to the fried variety sold at Yang's across the street!

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