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Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant (Shanghai, China)
||85 Yuyuan Road,|
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Fall Volume: 2009 Issue: 16(3) page: 27
Located at the side of Jinqu Bridge in the old town and God's Temple area, the Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, a bastion of buns, deserves commenting on. Over the years it has moved several times, reconstructed many more, and still boasts long lines whether eating-in or taking-out. We are told its overseas branches (in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia) have long lines, too.
In Shanghai, they are visible on the street with many folk waiting patiently watching kitchen staff roll and fold thousands of buns and other delights. Their good food keeps crowds coming just for those juice-filled steamed buns. Other things attract, too. Everyone, it seems, loves the steamed buns with crab roe and eats many at any one sitting. We are entranced with some larger ones, particularly one with a plastic straw poking out of it. Not like anything we ever had before, slurping it was an adventure. Eaing all their other foods, a delight.