Traditional Shanghainese Dinner
Dinner - Local Fare
Beverages - Tea, one drink
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Benbang (local cuisine) is the essence of Shanghai’s modern food scene, but exactly where did it derive from? You will find out on this tour of Shanghai, led by a local foodie. One of the world’s busiest food trading ports can be found in the bustling metropolis, where Shanghainese tastes have blended to create an ell-embracing culinary scene, better known as haipai.
Prepare to treat your taste buds to a generous plate of satisfying food in the Shanghainese sharing style. Alcohol and sugar are widely used around “Hu” - the city’s nickname. These staple ingredients, among many others, add pungent flavor to well-known dishes. Soaked in wine or spirits before being sautéed, steamed or served raw, Shanghai’s delectable fish, chicken and crab specialties are often marinated, sweetened and served with a portion of vegetables, rice or noodles.
You will get the chance to chow down on some of the city’s most indulgent dishes at the best local eats on this tour. While a chef is preparing your meal, a gastronomic expert will enlighten you about the ever-evolving culinary landscape in Shanghai. Learn about the traditional way of eating at Xiao Baihua restaurant. Situated opposite Xujiahui Park, here you will try red braised pork (hongshaorou), but not before your meal starts with a rich, cold dish of comfort food.
Chinese Dining Etiquette: It’s probably best to learn some basic etiquette ahead of your culinary experience in Shanghai, although you’ll learn a lot during the tour. Built on tradition, Chinese dining etiquette involves a birthday noodle-slurping ritual, which symbolizes longevity. Resting chopsticks vertically over rice is an omen of death, and tea tapping is a show of thanks!
You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.