These plain style noodles go smoothly into the mouth. Usually, it is enjoyed with fresh and tasty dried shrimps, scented scallions, and sesame oil in a clear broth at its most basic. It can also be ordered with a thick, savory, meat-based sauce on top. Yangchun Noodles, with “-chun” meaning Spring in Chinese and the longevity of noodles themselves being a good symbol for life, has auspicious significance.
In Shanghai, baozi (bread) is referred to as mantou. So, Fried Mantou means fried bread. These simple but delicious buns are made with semi-fermented dough that is fried on a saucepan. Fried Mantou must simply be tasted when hot and fresh to experience them at their prime. The exterior is warm, golden, and crispy while the inside is white and soft. Together, the textures make for a truly soothing gastronomical taste! The insides can also be found filled with sesame or scallions for an additional twist in flavor.
These pastries are round, about the size of a fisted hand, flaky, and topped with a generous layer of sesame seeds for both the eyes and the nose. Their name is because their warm golden color reminds of the yellow of a crab shell. Crab-Yellow Pastries are rich, crispy, and aromatic, and inside is one of a variety of stuffings that typically include green onions, pork, crab meat, shrimp, sugar, mashed beans, and jujube paste.