I discovered Jia Jia Tang Bao with my friends when we went to Shanghai so I was VERY EXCITED to take my parents here because I knew they will love it!
Shanghai is famous for their xialongbaos and not Taiwan (maybe because of Din Tai Fung’s popularity?).
How to go to Jia Jia Tang Bao:
Get out of People’s Square (Line 1/2/8, exit 8)
What to expect:
The place is just small so do not expect anything fancy. Before you can enter and sit down, you should order and pay for your food at the counter on your left.
You’ll see the “menu” as you enter. For those who don’t understand Chinese, you can ask for an english menu.
What to order:
We ordered the 3 variants, 2 orders of the half crab half pork and an order of the pure crab.
Personally you could totally skip the 3 variants (I wasn’t a fan of the egg + pork mix).
My parents LOVED the pure crab xialongbao!
So my recommendation is the
1. Half crab half pork xiaolongbao
2. Pure crab xiaolongbao
tip: finish the half crab half pork xiaolongbao first before eating the pure crab xiaolongbao since the pure crab is very rich in flavor and if you’ll eat the half crab half pork after, it might taste bland to you
If you’ll come here for lunch, come early!
There was a long line (longer than when we arrived) when we were done eating.
all photos taken using an iPhone
Jia Jia Tang Bao should be on your list if you’re a foodie or if you want to taste legit and local xiaolongbao!
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