• Food trippin’ at ‘Paris of the East’

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    Scallion oil noodles

    Scallion oil noodles

    While Shanghai might be best known as China’s commercial and financial center, the country’s largest city—dubbed as the Paris of the East for its cosmopolitan character and European architecture, among others—is also bursting with cultural experiences.

    One of its leading cultural attractions is finding its hidden culinary secrets. Considered as an adventure itself, visitors to this lovely city must not leave without trying their quintessential xiao long bao or soup dumpling. Travel website CNN Go names Nan Xiang Xiaolong Mantou located at 85 Yuyuan Lao Lu and Jia Jia Tang Bao at 90 Huanghe Lu, among its many locations, as two of the best restaurants to go to for xiao long bao

    Another must try is the Chinese breakfast staple jianbing or egg pancakes. Fried crepes smeared with eggs on the surface and filled with crispy fried wonton strips, cilantro, scallion, pickles and drizzled with hoisin and chili sauces, jianbing is hailed as one of the city’s most recognized streetfoods.

    Rounding up the list are scallion oil noodles (cong you mian) and bamboo tofu with pepper best partnered with the Xinjiang Black Beer or Tsingtao Beer.

    Xiao long bao

    Xiao long bao

    After fueling up, visitors can take in the many sites that Shanghai has to offer.

    On one side of the Huangpu River lies ultra-modern Pudong, home to the newly opened Shanghai Disneyland and the colorful Oriental Pear Tower.

    On the other side lie Puxi with its host of historical spots like the French Concession and the glitzy waterside promenade, The Bund, with its stretch of historical colonial buildings.

    Finally, there’s the Yuyuan Garden, which gives a glimpse of Ming and Qing dynasty architecture.

    The best part, perhaps, is that Filipinos can experience all these adventures swiftly as Shanghai is just 3-hours away via plane ride from the Philippine capital. AirAsia, for one, now flies 3 times weekly from Manila’s NAIA Terminal 3 to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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