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It’s Trevor James
I’m in Shanghai, China
And we’re going for a full on street food exploration of this city
I’m so pumped
Let’s go check it out
Shanghai is now one of the world’s most modern and upscale cities in the world
Over the course of a few decades
The stereotype of bicycle packed streets is now one filled with Porches and highrises
I came here to eat
And as a city famous for importing other cuisines from across China
Locals take pride in the few dishes that they do specialize in
I started out by having a solo Foodrangin’ day in search of a few of those specialties
And then the next day I met up with a local friend for feasting
什么饼里面?
What’s the pastry in there?
这个啊?
This?
你吃一下就知道了
If you eat it you’ll know
是葱饼吗?
Is it made with onions?
这个是葱饼
This one has green onions
这个是什么?
What about this one?
这个是甜的
This one is sweet
这个是甜的吗?
Oh this one is sweet?

Yeah
然后这个呢?
What about this one?
这个咸的
It’s salty
咸的,那我可以吃一个甜的吗?
Oh salty, can I have a sweet one please
这个甜的有什么馅?
What’s the filling in the sweet one?
糖的
It’s sugar

Yeah
Lucky catch!
这个是糖的
This is made with sugar

Yeah
糖的
It’s made with sugar
甜的
It’s sweet
是红糖吗?
Is it made with brown sugar?
白糖
It’s white sugar
谢谢你
Thank you
那个是馅的
That one is salty
有盐
It has salt
那我尝一下
Then I gotta try it out
好吃很棒的
It’s delicious and awesome
香啊,中国的小吃啊,有名
It’s so fragrant, a specialty from China, so famous
很有名
Oh it’s famous
你们国家肯定没有
Your country definitely doesn’t have this
没有
Nope
这个是我们上海的特色
This is our Shanghai specialty
很甜的
It’s so sweet
你们喜欢吃面包什么咖啡的
You guys eat those bread and coffee things
我们只要这个的
We eat this
噢,我们喜欢咖啡,你们喜欢这个
Oh, we like coffee, you guys like this
很好吃的
It’s really good
你来自哪个国家?
Where are you from?
加拿大
Canada
谢谢你
Thanks
Oh it’s like a little pocket of sugar
The inside is really nice and flaky and soft
And the outside is crunchy
That’s what it’s all about
I needed something else to eat for breakfast
So I walked down the street
And I found a famous China snack
The jianbing
AKA the Chinese crepe
It’s made with sticky dough and topped with a raw egg thats spread overtop
Then add some coriander and scallions
A few chopped mustard pickles
And then the real magic
A special bean paste and a touch of chilies
And a final addition of a crispy cracker
Then BOOM, this beauty is ready to devour
谢谢你
Thanks
太好了
Awesome
We’re going to try it out
Look at this
Look at this crispy jianbing
That’s what its all about
And the jiang is so fragrant
We’re just going to go right in for that
We’re going to go right in for the kill here
That is the perfect flavour delivery in the morning
Oh yeah
那个有一点辣
It’s a little spicy
你要辣嘛?
You like it spicy?
我爱辣
I love it spicy
That’s so good
The bean paste is really nice
It’s quite salty
That cracker is really crispy
Same with this outer skin
That’s a true classic Chinese breakfast here in Shanghai
And since it was Friday
I made my way over to the Friday weekly muslim market
A thriving hotspot of food and culture from the Uighur people of China’s far west Xinjiang province
This was like meat heaven
这个是羊肉是吗?全羊
So this is a whole roast lamb?

Yes
你们用什么香料?
What ingredients do you use?
吓?
Huh?
用什么香料
What sort of ingredients?
好吃的
We use good ingredients
很香的
It smells so nice
我可以吃多少钱?
can I please try some, how much should I eat?
现在可以吃一点吗?20块可以吗?
How about 20 RMB ($3.00)?
20块不可以,30块以上
20 isn’t enough, but 30 RMB ($4.50) is good
30块好好
OK 30 sounds good
我吃30块
I’ll have 30 worth
Wow this looks so good
40块行吗?
How about 40 ($6.00)
Wow this looks so good
40块行吗?
How about 40 ($6.00)
这个30块?
This is 30?
40块
It’s 40
40块?
40?
这里有标价的
The price is here
40,可以
40, sounds good
这个是什么味道的?
What’s the main flavour of the lamb?
咸的
It’s salty
好吃的
Good flavour
It’s salty
He wouldn’t tell me what spices are on there
So we’re just going right in for the taste test
Oh that looks so tender
Chopsticks with lamb
Let’s just go in
That is super tender
It’s like light cumin
It’s like a light sprinkle of cumin
给你一个尝尝
You have to try these
我要去尝一尝,看起来很好吃的
I’ll go over there and buy some, they look good
来,拿上
Have one here
噢,真的吗?
Really?
真的吗?
Really?
来这个大的
Take a big one
可以吗?
Really?
可以
Yeah
不好意思,我尝一尝
Oh I’ll just take a little try
这个是羊肉馅?
This is lamb filling?
We have a lamb jiaozi
A huge jiaozi
太好了
Awesome
再来一个
Take another one
不用不用,我去买
No no, I’ll go buy some
不用,再来一个
Don’t do that, just have another one here
真的吗?
Really?
真的
Yeah really
不用不用
No no
没事,再来一个
No problem, take another
谢谢
Thank you
It fell apart
谢谢
Thank you
That is deep, strong mutton flavour
这个羊肉的味道很重
The lamb flavour is so strong
对对对
Yeah it is
很重,很好吃的
It’s so heavy
And after that marvellous lamb dumpling
I explored a few other stalls and I found a puffy and juicy Xinjiang style fried beef bao
That was ultra oily
It was definitely one of the oiliest baos that I have ever tried
牛肉煎包
Beef fried bao
一个多少钱?
How much for one?
2.5块
It’s 2.5 RMB ($0.37)
那我吃一个
Great then I’ll buy one please
好的,吃一个尝尝
Great, try one out
牛肉煎包
The beef bao
太好了
Awesome
太好了
Yeah awesome
你们特色的馅
Your specialty filling
很好吃的,你吃一个尝尝
It’s really good, try it out
谢谢
Thank you
Oh it’s hot!
We’re going to go right in
Did you see that?
Did you see the squirt?
That is super oily
I didn’t get much of the filling though, let’s go deeper
Look at that beef filling
Oh yeah, that is layered
The core is completely juicy heaven
The outer crust is so crispy
And the middle is like a fluffy gooey dough layer
Look at it it’s so juicy
Next level pocket of glee right here
And after exploring a little more
I made my way to try the famous Shanghai sesame butter noodles
These were off the hook delicious
I can smell the sesame
That sesame smell
你有麻酱面?
You have the sesame paste noodles?
特色的麻酱面
The special sesame paste noodles?
一碗麻酱面还有牛肉汤
One bowl of those and also a bowl of beef curry soup please
20块
It’s 20 RMB ($3.00)
谢谢
Thanks
Nowhere to sit
This is busy
给你可以吗?
Can I give this to you?
谢谢
Thanks
听说你们的麻酱面很特色的
I hear the noodles here are the best
这个是芝麻酱吗?
This is the sesame paste?

Yeah
还有牛肉汤
And a bowl of beef curry soup
然后这个是什么?
What about this
这个是辣肉辣椒烧的肉
This is pork stewed in chilies
辣椒?辣肉
Spicy pork
谢谢
Thanks
Look at this!
Look at that presentation
It’s really nice and folded over
我肯定要点那个
I’ll definitely have to order that
We’re going to add the larou
Oh it’s covered in all that chili oil
Larou adding to the majiang sesame paste noodles
This is very delightful to the eyes
这个是咖喱的味道,对吗?
And this is like a light Chinese curry flavour?
对对
Yeah
咖喱的味道
Curry flavour
放一点咖喱汤
Put a little curry soup in there
搅拌一下
You gotta mix it up
我尝一下
Let’s try it out
那个特别香
That is super flavour packed
That is delicious
That sesame paste is really strong and buttery
And thick
这个辣肉有一点辣,很好吃的
This pork definitely spicy
你能吃辣吗?
Do you like spicy?
我爱辣
I love it spicy
Those are extraordinary
Some of the best noodles I’ve ever had
This is noodle heaven
I’m in noodle heaven right now
And for the final meal of the day before meeting up with my local friend the next day
I went to a classic time honoured restaurant that’s been open
And serving hungry customers their signature shengjianbao for over 80 years
The deep fried bao are cooked Shanghai style
With shrimp and minced pork thats just slightly sweet
这里的生煎包可以吗?
The shengjianbao is alright here?
可以
Yeah they are good
你吃过吗?
You’ve had them before?
吃过
Yeah
好吃吗?
How are they?
这个是老店,有名气的
This is a really old and famous joint
有名气的
Super famous
很长的历史?
A long history?
它叫大壶春
It’s called “Dahuchun”
大壶春
“Dahuchun”
吃的话一定要到这里吃
If you eat shengjianbao, you have to eat them here
在上海肯定要来这里?
You gotta come here?
我们家在这里还在这里买
Yeah we all buy them
真的吗?
Really?
买了带回家里
We bring them back home
买了带回家?
Bring them home?
谢谢你
Thank you
That what is all about! Look at these
So we have some authentic Shengjianbao here in Shanghai
Look at this
Stuffed with pork
Look at the bottom
It’s got that brown crispy layer
Almost like a stamp from a seal
Wow!
That meat is actually a little sweet
And I can taste
There’s like this crispy
Almost burnt like, but good burnt like flavour to this outer bun shell
You can taste the wokhei
The charry-ness of the wok
Of that pan that they grill them in
It’s beautiful
美味的
A beautiful flavour
这个外面的皮很脆脆的
The outer skin is so crispy
脆脆的
Yeah it’s so crispy
还有一点锅气的味道
And there is a “wokhei” black flavour to it
对对对
Yeah
那个锅很黑的
The flavour from the black pan
我们这个肉馅是咸中带点甜
Yeah the flavour is mainly salty with a slight touch of sweetness
带甜,对对对,一点点甜
A touch of sweetness, that’s right!
一点点甜
Just a little sweet
上海最有名的,很好吃的
They must be so famous in Shanghai
这个最好的上海Number1 Number1
These are number 1 in Shanghai!

Great
很好
So good
上海话叫有名的
They are so famous in Shanghai
名的
Famous
上海话叫有名的
In Shanghai language we say “ming de”
这个是上海最地道的小吃
This is the most authentic spot
最地道的!
The most authentic!

Yeah
And after a relaxing evening walking around downtown
I met up with my local friend Xiaoyun the next day
She offered to take me out for a full day of eating
There’s nothing better
很多早餐!
There’s a lot of breakfast!
对啊
Yeah
看起来都好吃的
It all looks so good
今天我们要去吃的可能比这个更好
But I want to bring you to eat better stuff
Let’s go take a look
今天我们要吃这个叫四大金刚
Today we are going to eat the 4 “king kong”
四大金刚?
The 4 king kongs?
对,上海非常有名的早餐
Yeah, some very famous Shanghai breakfasts
就是这家店,排很长的队
All right here at this famous breakfast joint

Great
有什么特色的
What’s the specialty?
有豆浆,油条,大饼还有糍饭
There’s famous soybean milk, fried dough sticks, rice cakes, and rice wraps
都在这?
All here?
对,都可以吃到
Yeah you can try it all here
太好了
Awesome
I’m excited
今天我们要吃的是四大金刚
We’re going to try the 4 king kongs
加一个米饭饼,就是五种
And add a special rice cake, you can have 5
五种吗?
5 types?
你可以吃的
Yeah you can eat it all
我很期待,很多
I’m excited
很大的油条
Wow look at that huge fried dough stick
超大
It’s huge
很大的油条
That’s a big dough stick
我要四大金刚全都要,然后两个米饭饼
We will have all 4 specialties, and 2 rice cakes
然后豆浆要咸的
And one sweet soy milk and one salty
很大
It’s huge
Look at this
很大的油条
A big youtiao stick
Huge youtiao
And then there are some rice flour pancakes underneath
And then we have some bings under here too
看起来很多好吃的
Just look at all this food
超丰盛
It’s very sumptuous

Yeah
然后有油条大饼
We have dough sticks and cakes
然后呢就是豆浆,有甜的和咸的
And soy milk, both one salty and one sweet
这个豆浆看起来跟别的不一样
This soybean milk is different from the normal ones
他们加什么东西在里面
What do they put inside here?
里面有你看油条,虾皮
This one has dough sticks, shrimp shells, seaweed
这个就是甜的
This one is sweet
这个就是甜的豆浆
So this one is sweet
这个就是经常会喝到的
This is the one you usually see
甜的豆浆
A sweet soy milk
还有这个是?
What about this?
糍饭团
Its a glutinous rice wrap
这个是糍饭团
A rice wrap
糯米的团
Made with glutinous rice
对糯米团,外面是糯米中间是油条还有加咸的蛋黄
Yes, you can see the outside is rice and the inside is a dough stick and duck egg yolk
咸鸭蛋在里面?
There’s a boiled duck egg yolk inside?
咸鸭蛋的蛋黄在里面
Yeah, just the yolk
蛋黄在里面
It’s right inside
对,然后还有肉松
Yeah, and some shredded dried pork
肉松
Oh pork

Yeah
当然他们家比较有名的就是这个,米饭团
And another famous snack here is the rice cake
米饭团,还有很大的油条
A rice cake, and huge dough sticks!
超大!
Extremely big!
那我们尝一尝
Ok let’s start
Let’s try it out
Oh, that is good
什么味道?
What’s the flavour?
海带的味道还有虾的味道
It tastes like seaweed and shrimp
虾皮的味道
The shrimp shell flavour
还有一点咸
And a little salty
用中国的话说是比较鲜,鲜
Yeah we would call this a delicacy in Chinese
咸的
A delicacy
我们一起分开
Let’s split it up

OK
你可以先沾,沾着尝一下
You can first dip it
那个是甜的豆浆
That’s the sweet one
甜的豆浆
the sweet soybean milk
可以把这个米饭饼包到这个油条里面吃
You can wrap this rice cake around the dough stick
我给你包这个吧
Here, you can have this one
放这个
Oh wrap it around

Yeah
然后它这个
You can see
大家都这么吃的
Everyone eats it like that
你看阿姨也是这样吃的
Even the aunty over here is eating it like that
阿姨也是这样吃的
The aunty is eating it like that too
Look at that
可以吗?
Can I do that?
可以
Yeah
你随意
Do whatever you like?
Look at that
Just put some right in there
That’s what it’s all about
Yeah it’s good right
This is a really nice breakfast
And we still have lots more to eat
It’s like a sticky rice wrap
With a youtiao on the inside
And a salted duck egg
Look at that
有一点干
It’s a little dry
It’s pretty good
But I gotta say this
这个是我最喜欢的
This is my favourite
那个蛋黄
The duck egg
我可以抠一点吃
I’ll try it out
Is it good?
有一点硬,微硬
It’s a little hard too
谢谢你们
Thank you
太好吃了
That was delicious
谢谢
Thanks
这里是个菜市场,算是菜市场
This is a local vegetable market
等一会儿我要去吃的东西叫单挡
In a bit we are going to go eat another thing called Dandang
单挡?
Dandang?
没有听过这个名字吧
Have you heard of it before?
没听过
Never heard of it
我也很期待,一起去喔
I’m excited to take you
Let’s go check it out
我们到的这家店呢专门吃叫单挡
We are at this local spot that sells the Dandang
单挡
Dandang
和腐乳肉
And pork cooked in pickled tofu
腐乳肉
Furu pork
用腐乳做出来的
It’s made with pickled tofu
腐乳做出来的?
Made with pickled tofu?
那个豆腐乳
Right from the tofu
对对对
Yeah yeah yeah
阿姨,要一个第一个骨头汤单挡菜饭
Aunty, can we please have one pork bone soup with a Dandang ball
可以可以,等一下坐在这里
We’ll just sit here is that ok?
单挡,先我点吧,然后加一份腐乳肉
One dandang, and another pickled tofu pork
这个是面粉做的?
This is made with wheat?
面筋
It’s made with gluten
面筋做的
Oh it’s gluten
面筋塞肉,里面有肉喔
It’s gluten stuffed with pork
里面有肉
There’s meat inside
Look at that,Look at that
Its like a little jelly ball of joy
Let’s get a little chili on here
这个会很辣喔!
This will be really spicy!
她说很辣喔
She said it will be spicy
我爱辣
I love spicy
他爱辣
He loves spicy
我爱辣
I love spicy
这个是猪骨头汤
This is a pork bone soup
骨头汤
Bone soup
It’s like a pork bone soup
And there is this gooey wheat flour ball
And there is meat inside
Let’s try that out
有肉吗?
Is there meat?
Wow!
辣吗?
Is it spicy?
It’s really gooey
里面有很多肉
There’s lots of meat inside
有很特色的口感
There’s a really special mouthfeel
Oh thank you!
很紧致
It’s very delicate
本来看起来比较肥,但是放嘴里一点也不腻
It looks really fatty but it’s not greasy at all
它用红粉,有得卖的
They use red coloured powder to make it
有那个蒸的卖的粉
They go and buy the red powder
腌制一下就行了
And then marinate the pork in it
就是豆腐乳那个红粉吗?
The same powder from making pickled tofu?
豆腐乳也可以
Yeah
It tastes like home cooked food
It’s very simple but very delicious and home style
你要肥还是瘦?
Do you want the lean or fatty meat?
瘦,我要瘦
I’ll take the lean
我给你瘦,我吃肥
Take the lean meat
肥的有胶原蛋白
The fatty has collagen
可以美容
You can beautify
That’s pure fat!
你会变得越来越帅气了之后
You’ll get more and more handsome
我吃那个肉的时候,我看那个肉很红色的
When I ate this and saw the red colour
然后很期待是什么样的味道
I was really looking forward to the flavour
我吃这个的时候觉得就是有一点甜有一点咸,跟家里的味道一样
It’s just slightly salty and sweet, like home cooked food.
那个红色没有重的味道
The red colour has no particular flavour
对对
Yeah yeah
我以为是很重的味道,但是就是很香很简单的味道
I thought it would be strong, but it’s quite light and simple
这个是上海的胡同?
So these are the hutong alleys of Shanghai?
弄堂
Yeah, the alleys
对,就是比较有生活气息
Yeah, you can feel the daily life here
很多衣服
There’s lots of clothes
都可以挂在外面
Yep, they all hang them outside
很传统的样子
It seems very traditional

Yeah
And for the final meal of the night
Xiaoyun brought me to try one of China’s summer time favourite meals – crayfish
Soaked and boiled in 13 spices
Crayfish are becoming hugely popular in China
Literally translated from Chinese
They are called little lobsters
And in one setting
People will usually eat around 3 kilos
十三个香料?
These are made with 13 flavours?

Yeah
十三种中药配制而成的一种香料
Yeah 13 Chinese medicines make up one spice mix
最重要的香料是什么?
What’s the key flavour?
辣椒吗?
Chilies?
不是辣椒
Not chilies
就是中药的,中草药
It’s Chinese medicine
中国的药
Chinese medicine?
中国的药,对对对
Yeah, Chinese medicine
真的吗?这个意思吗?
Really? That’s the meaning?
那我们上来吃一点
Then we’ll go upstairs and eat
可以的
OK
它居然有这个榴莲龙虾
There’s durian crayfish here!
你能想象吗?
Can you imagine that?
榴莲龙虾?
Durian crayfish?

Yeah
真的吗?
Really?
那个现在的榴莲都不是很好,我们都没做了
Right now the durian isn’t too good, we’re not making that
没有做了
We’re not making it now
对,就是榴莲有点嫩嘛
Yeah, right now we can’t get any good durian
这个是那个香辣蟹
These are the spicy and fragrant crabs
香辣蟹
Oh spicy and fragrant
Oh my
一点咖喱的味道
It smells a little bit like curry
对对对
Yeah yeah yeah
That looks good!
打开之后,有点烫
After you open it, oh it’s hot
这个地方是它的腮,这个是不能吃的,因为比较凉性
This spot is its cheek, you can’t eat that, it stinks
这个地方是它的腮,这个是不能吃的,因为比较凉性
This spot is its cheek, you can’t eat that, it stinks
That’s the lung
That’s the lung
Is that right?
Let’s go
That huang
It’s all about the guts
It’s so creamy
Creamy?
It’s creamy
Creamy are you sure?
Yeah it’s creamy
And it’s oily and creamy and spicy
There’s not much meat in there
Only a little
A little meat
But that flavour is good
Really spicy and fragrant
You can taste all the spices in there
This is the xiaolongxia
对,这个是十三香的吧,十三香
These are the 13 spice crayfish
13 spices
And these, what are these
年糕
Glutinous rice flour cakes
It’s spicy
It’s super spicy
The spices are like granular
哇,比我们中午吃的还辣
Wow you can eat spicier than Chinese
有孜然的味道
You can taste the cumin
That’s ultra spicy
噢,你没有学会
Oh you haven’t studied well
OK,OK,对了对了
OK you got it
OK,OK,对了对了
OK you got it
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
我把一个完整的给你
I’ll give you a whole one
Oh that’s good
你看
Look at that
Tender, really tender
真的吗?
Really?
完整的虾肉
A whole one
完整的虾肉
A whole one
Look at that,that’s the pure meat there
Look at that,that’s the pure meat there
That’s the pure xiao long xia rou
这个有多一点孜然的味道,然后这个有多一点香辣的味道
This one has more cumin flavour, and this one has more smooth spice
像你说的有多一点咖喱的味道
Yeah you said it has a nice curry flavour
这个真的是很辣很辣
And yeah this one is really spicy
对对
Yeah yeah
So I just gotta give a huge thank you to Xiaoyun for that wonderful day
It was a really good day in Shanghai we just had a great feast
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  2. Hmm…at 1:50 the man from shanghai told the food commentator from Canada speak english as a command….Depopulate

  3. It seems that Xinjiang Uygurs are not so suppressed like what the media says. They run their little businesses just like everybody else.

  4. makan itu wajib dengan tangan kanan karena tangan kanan itu adalah tangan yang melakukan hal-hal yang baik sedangkan yang kri adalah sebaliknya.

  5. This little sister is very beautiful and friendly. I would like to know her. Is there anyone who knows the contact information? Greetings from Singapore

  6. Last year when I went back to Shanghai I found out many street food locations have been removed where can I find good street food??!!!!

  7. 19:58 She uses her hands to delicately de-shell a shrimp for Trevor to eat.
    20:20 She has been spitting the shells from her mouth to her hands.

  8. Hi, I’m traveling to China on Monday I would love to ask where is the best place to taste traditional food in Shanghai?

  9. Yo Shànghǎi What's guys
    剛從上海回來,只能説一陣子沒去上海,城市變化就滿大了😸,💪加油!!🇨🇳
    Peace ✌️

    不要點擊頭像我

  10. That jianbing (煎饼)you were eating were from Shandong I think. Looks like the style is from my hometown, which is made of wheat flour. Unlike Beijing/tianjin style which is made from mung bean. But their fillings are Beijing/tianjin jianbing guozi (煎饼果子)style. I think the vendor merged the two style for shanghainese taste. There are many different forms of jianbing throughout China.

  11. We are mostly friendly, i hope that those news wont only show the negative sides of China, especially about eating dogs, very very few Chinese do that!

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