Oftentimes, one of the most exciting things about arriving in a new country is being able to eat all the local delicacies. International moving companies can help you unpack, leaving you and your family with plenty of time to sample these delicious dishes famous to Shanghai, China.
1. No visitor to Shanghai should be allowed to leave without first trying xiao long bao, or little basket dumplings. These little icons of Shanghai cuisine may appear to be ordinary dumplings at first glance, but eaters should proceed with caution. Wrapped inside the flour dough skin is not only minced pork, as you would expect, but also a spoonful of soup that is usually very hot. The technique involved in eating these dumplings requires you to not break the skin, lest precious soup be wasted. Visit Din Tai Fung for what are considered the world's best and most consistent xiao long bao.
2. Di Shui Dong ribs are so delectable that CNN lists it as the 19th best reason to visit Shanghai (the highest-ranked food item). These meaty ribs feature an intriguing mix of sweet and spicy tastes. When cooked properly, the fall-off-the-bone properties of the solid meat will have you reaching for new ribs over and over again. Be sure to have plenty of napkins nearby, however, as eating these can be a messy endeavor.
3. Delicious foods often smell as good as they taste, which makes stinky tofu an even more unique dish. The bean curd is literally fermented for months on end until it becomes moldy and putrid. It is then fried and served with soybean paste and red chili sauce. Give your family some time in Shanghai and they might start running toward the distinctive smell instead of away from it.