The Most Delish Late-Night Nosh in Shanghai

November 3, 2017

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Changle Lu and Shaanxi Nan Lu. Image by Ashley Wang.

Whether you’re a night owl or in need of sopping up the booze before calling it a night, Shanghai’s late night eateries have you covered: here, you’ll find everything from street-side noodles to Bund-side scallops.

Mr & Mrs Bund. Image courtesy of the venue.

Closet-sized Yakitori Fukuchan grills up its namesake skewers of veggies and meats with sides like fresh tofu topped with bonito flakes. You’ll find yourself toasting with sloshing cups of sh¯och¯u and wolfing down crispy chicken skin.

For something local, head to the corner of Changle Lu and Shaanxi Nan Lu. In warmer weather, street food vendors set up shop starting around 10pm and sling fried rice, fried noodles and skewered meat, seafood, tofu and vegetables (called chuan’r and pronounced “chwar”) for the late-night crowd.

Hungry, but not starving? Then you need tapas. Mosey over to Pirata (see pg 47) for plates of foie gras toast, house-made chorizo and fragrant spicy clams with Thai basil. It’s a rookie mistake to skip dessert here — in fact, you’d be smart to order two.

If you’re out on the Bund and peckish, be sure to stop at Mr & Mrs

Shuning Lu. Image by Sophie Friedman.

Bund. The chicken picnic aioli sounds simple but is in fact a sous-vide chicken breast that’s lightly grilled and served with garlic aioli. For those with a sweet tooth, order the lemon and lemon tart. This is a hollowed-out lemon that’s been poached, candied and filled with lemon sorbet, lemon curd, slices of orange and grapefruit, and vanilla Chantilly cream.

For a humbler affair within walking distance of the Bund bars, head to Shouning Lu, a street lined with stalls selling seafood and tuck into spicy, bright-red crayfish, and grilled scallops and oysters smothered in garlic. Crayfish are sold by the jin (half kilo); for two people, one jin is enough. Be sure to end the meal on a sweet note with grilled bananas.

About The HUNT Shanghai WriterSophie Friedman moved from New York to Shanghai with two suitcases, no plan and speaking not a word of Mandarin. Years later, she’s traversed Asia, learned to love squat toilets and has written extensively about her adopted city.

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