Yang’s Fry-Dumpling (小杨生煎) is a super-famous Shanghai mini-chain that specializes in shēngjiān bāo (生煎包), or pan-fried soup dumplings. For the uninitiated, these are the fatter, juicier, doughier, crispy-bottomed cousins of steamed xiǎolóngbāo (小笼包), like the kind everyone swoons over at Din Tai Fung. Yang’s sesame-and-scallion-coated dumplings come four to an order for 6 yuan (87 cents). Get a double order, lest you hate food/life, and if you’re still hungry after that, ask for a bowl of tāng, or beef curry noodle soup.
There are usually long queues at the Yang’s on Huanghe Road, about five minutes from People’s Park. Don’t let that discourage you. Order at the window on the left, pick up at the window on the right, and eat your food upstairs. When you’re done, stop by nearby Jia Jia Tang Bao (佳家汤包), a popular xiǎolóngbāo shop that fills and fries its pockets of NSFW pleasure right in the front window. Who’s ready for thirds?
97 Huanghe Rd., Shanghai, China; +021-8898-4398.