Shanghai: Jackie’s 50 Things to Eat Before You Die

Jia Jia Tang Bao: Pork and Egg Dumplings

Jia Jia Tang Bao: Pork and Egg Dumplings

First Thai Boat Noodle

First Thai Boat Noodle

Goga's Wasabi Salmon Salad

Goga’s Wasabi Salmon Salad

Salted Caramel Ice Cream at WIYF

Salted Caramel Ice Cream at WIYF

I find it incredibly hard to believe that I’ve been living in Shanghai for the past three years. I know it’s terribly cliché, but it seriously passed by in the blink of an eye. I’ve always wanted to live and work in Shanghai and it was my ultimate goal post-MBA. I’m incredibly happy and grateful for the experience and will miss this city. After being abroad for four years, I’m heading back to the U.S. and returning to the Bay Area.

Spread at Wai Po Jia

Spread at Wai Po Jia 外婆家

Japanese Style Rice at Ri He 日和

Japanese Style Rice at Ri He 日和

Gentleman Caller Roast Beef Sandwich at Madison Kitchen

Gentleman Caller Roast Beef Sandwich at Madison Kitchen

The Commune Social's Peanut Butter Dessert

The Commune Social’s Peanut Butter Dessert

The food scene in Shanghai is intense and it’s always changing. Due to the competitive restaurant industry (and also changing city laws), places are constantly opening and closing. Despite living here for several years, I feel like I only barely scratched the surface. Before leaving a city, I try and create a food guide, much like my 100 Things to Eat in San Francisco Before You Die, 50 Things to Eat in Paris Before You Die and 25 Things to Eat in Hong Kong Before You Die. In continuing with the tradition, I drafted a list for Shanghai.

In no particular order, I present to you:

Jackie’s 50 Things to Eat Before You Die (Shanghai Edition)

  1. Fish head with scallions at Old Jessie老吉士 (requires 24 hours advanced notice)
  2. Japanese-style rice at Ajiya
  3. Salted caramel ice cream at WIYF
  4. Lamb wontons at Miss Ali 阿里家
  5. Pork and egg yolk soup dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao
  6. Laksa at Chinoise Story
  7. Grilled squid at Qian Niao Zu 千鸟足
  8. Fried pork chop at Din Tai Fung
  9. Passionfruit lemon tart at Farine
  10. Beef sukiyaki at Ri He
  11. Grandma’s apple pie at Dutch Pies
  12. Iced peach green tea (with aloe and pearls) at Attakai Kokoro Tea Shop 恋暖初茶
  13. Seafood avocado salad at Mercato
  14. Ginger Moscow mules at Magpie Cocktail
  15. Parma pizza at Pizza Express
  16. T’achos (tater tot nachos) at Union Trading Co.
  17. Lobster eggs Benedict at Bull & Claw (brunch only)
  18. Butter chicken at The Camel
  19. Tonkotsu ramen at Yaki 平成屋
  20. Cornbread waffle with cola pork at Egg (don’t forget the cashew nut milk lattes)
  21. Cod rice bowl at The Grumpy Pig
  22. Peanut butter dessert at The Commune Social
  23. Wasabi salmon salad at Goga
  24. Pork chop (Le cochon noir) at Cuivre
  25. Massaman lamb curry at T for Thai
  26. Crispy shrimp rice rolls at Dim Dim Sum 点点心
  27. Honey chicken at Café Sambal
  28. Butterfly roll at Haiku
  29. Eel rice bowl with dashi broth at Unagi
  30. Any pizza at MammaMia
  31. Fish filet with bamboo slices at YongFoo Elite
  32. Lemon pot dessert at Hakkasan
  33. Beef Wellington at Coquille (Wednesdays only, reservations necessary)
  34. Kumquat lemon tea at Happy Lemon
  35. Black cod truffle new meurniere at Mr & Mrs Bund
  36. Shrimp with rice noodles and garlic at Wai Po Jia 外婆家
  37. Pan de Maiz Huevos Benedictos (eggs Benedict on corn muffin) at Maya (brunch only)
  38. Half-baked cookie dough ice cream at Gracie’s (Inside Al’s Diner)
  39. Fish and chips at The Nest
  40. Korean fried chicken sandwich at Liquid Laundry
  41. Explosive balik salmon with sour cream and truffle honey at El Willy
  42. Ribeye at Malabar
  43. Beef air baguettes at Tomatito
  44. Japanese yuzu cake at Chikalicious (also try the dessert tasting menu)
  45. Dragon longbeans with sambal and shrimp at Sergeant
  46. Tasting menu at Tain Table (seasonal menu)
  47. French toast at Jean Georges (brunch only)
  48. Gentleman Caller (roast beef) sandwich at Madison Kitchen
  49. Yogurt at Bojoo Dessert 宝珠奶酪
  50. Thai boat soup at First Thai Boat Noodle

It’s been a fantastic time in China and thanks for following me on all my adventures!

El Willy Exploding Salmon

El Willy’s Exploding Salmon

Grumpy Pig's Cod Rice Bowl

Grumpy Pig’s Cod Rice Bowl

Laksa at Chinoise Story

Laksa at Chinoise Story

Maya's Eggs Benedict

Maya’s Eggs Benedict

7 thoughts on “Shanghai: Jackie’s 50 Things to Eat Before You Die

    • Hi Alex! I hope the guide can be helpful to your friends. If they have any questions, feel free to pass my contact info. Miss you too and hope Southern California is treating you well. 🙂

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  2. I’m so happy that I’ve found your blog. Sorry to hear that you’re not in Shanghai anymore. There are so many places on your list that I want to check out before I leave. As a hungry Shanghai-dweller, I’m really grateful! Thank you!

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