A Chef's Guide to Shanghai Cuisine

By Christopher St Cavish - 2013-03-29T16:04:46Z

Photograph by Christopher St Cavish 

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Sheng Jian Bao

These shallow-fried dumplings are sheng jian bao, the masculine answer to the feminine xiao long bao. Their thicker wrappers hold a similar pork broth inside, but instead of a gentle steam, they go for a golden crisping in these large, iron pans and a sprinkling of sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. These are only found in Shanghai.