Great dumplings on a great dumpling street. Directly across the street from my new epicenter of Shagnhai Soup Dumplings (Jia Jia Tang Bao) is a branch of local mini-chain Yang's Fry-Dumpings, Shenjianbao (also called Shenjianmantou in Shanghai) specialists. In fact while slurping through my soup dumplings at JJTB I noticed a few take out containers (the fried bottom makes these treats durable and portable unlike the more tender soup dumplings) from YFD on surrounding tables. These are the spots for dumpling lovers.
Yang's Fry dumpings offers a few soups but only one kind of dumpling. The pan fried super crisp, super juicy local specialty sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions that's been a breakfast treat here in Shanghai for more than 100 years. Customers line up to wait for a batch to be cooked and hustle over for their order waving pre-paid tickets from the front cashier.
Four for about a dollar. Take your plate and find a seat.Clearly the shop's most popular item, dumplings are constantly being filled, rolled and readied for the three giant flat bottomed pans.