Finding vegetarian street food in Shanghai wasn’t as hard as you would think. I read about how amazing the street food is in Shanghai so I wanted to make sure I would be able to eat some too! There is no word for vegetarian in Mandarin so you’ll have to say “Wo Bu Chi Rou” which means “I don’t eat meat.” I tried saying this to a few people but my accent sucks so no one knew what I mean so make sure you’re saying it properly! It’s best to get someone to write it on a piece of paper for you and just give that for people to read.
When I started reading about street food in Shanghai I was beginning to worry that there would be nothing for my vegetarian self to try. I mean half the fun (all of the fun..) is eating. But all my woes were quickly diminished when I started looking at all the options available to me! It’s quite a greasy lot of food but when in Rome right? Scroll down for some vegetarian street food 🙂
Homestyle Mooncakes (my fav!) – I have been obsessed with these for a long time so to have them in Shanghai was a dream come true! Filled with a sweet bean paste these little pastries are to die for. I wanted to stock up on them but it’s best to have them fresh! Usually about 4 Yuan and worth every bite
Leek Cake (also my fav) – These things are bigger than your head. And the flavour is greasy, oniony, and amazing. It’s like a dream hangover food to be honest. You’ll love every delicious bite
Scallion Cake (yes again.. I like onions) – This was my favourite vegetarian street food to try! Cong You Bing is the name for these I believe. My hometown of Edmonton Alberta voted their favourite food the Green Onion Cake and I can vouch for the love. In Yu Garden you’ll find lots of shops with street food but there’s one particular one to the right on the Yu Garden Tea House that will be a vegetarians safe haven. The scallion cakes here are sooooooo good. Order from the lady, bring your ticket to the onion section, and someone will serve you. It’s about 6 Yuan for one onion cake.
Stinky Tofu – One of the funniest moments was walking by a stall and sticking my nose up at the foul smell. It was pretty bad but once I saw a bowl with fried tofu in it I knew what it was – Stinky Tofu! If you can get past the smell this is a must try in Shanghai! I always tell myself how bad can it be if the locals are going nuts for it?
Tang Gao – Donut! You’ll find these dough sticks pretty much anywhere in Shanghai. If you haven’t notice every thing is pretty deep fried here so just suck it up and accept the calories or you’ll have a hard time enjoying the good food. You can get two donut sticks for 3-5 Yuan and they come plain. Enjoy!
Egg Pancake – You have to be careful ordering these so no one puts meat on it but the basic egg pancake is almost like a crepe and has green onion in it. You can get these at breakfast time and they are usually safe to eat if they are cooked on the spot for you. I think they go for about 8 Yuan.
Tofu Flower Soup – This is one thing I won’t try because it sounds disgusting. But if you’re feelin crazy give this soup a try! It’s made by curdling soy milk (ew) and is supposed to be silky and smooth. It usually is served with radish, scallion, seaweed and soy sauce but watch out so they don’t add shrimp to it.
Baked Sweet Potato – Or called the Hong Shan Yu is a baked sweet potato that is sweet and delicious. The only time I saw this was outside of the Antique Market but I’m sure if you look hard you can find them almost everywhere. I read that if you follow the crowds you’ll find these potatoes for about 2-5 Yuan
Sesame Ball (Ma Qiu) – These little sesame balls are filled with bean paste which makes it a nice and yummy treat! I never found these unfortunately but if you find them let me know!
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