Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Shanghai is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Shanghai to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Chop Rice Cake (排骨年糕, Pai Gu Nián Gao): it usually using such ingredients as a large pork chop and rice cakes.
- Preserved Eggs (皮蛋 Or 松花蛋, Pi Dan): is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a special mixture.
- Shanghai Smoked Fish (上海熏鱼, Shanghai XunYu): the preparation of it implies "bathing" the finely fried fish in a sweet and mouth-watering brown sauce.
- Spiced Dry Beans (奶油五香豆, Nai You Wu Xiang Dou): raw products seasoned with fennel, salt, sugar, cream, butter flavor.
- Stinky tofu (臭豆腐, Chou Dou Fu): is a form of fermented tofu that has a strong odor.
- Tofu skin (腐皮): also known as beancurd sheet.
- Tofu skin roll (腐皮捲): is a dim sum dish, the fillings range from pork with vegetable, to fish or beef.
- Zongzi (粽子): made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves.
- Shepherd's purse and bean curd soup (荠菜豆腐羹): (Jì cài dòu fu gēng), tofu, wheat, shepherd's purse, sugar, white mushrooms and spices.
- Spare-rib and white gourd soup (小排冬瓜汤): (Xiǎo pái dōng guā tāng), it has amongst the main components: ribs and white gourd.
- Wonton (馄饨, hún tun): a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.
 Main courses
- Braised River Eel (红烧河鳗): (Hong Shao He Man), live eel, oil, chopped onion, minced garlic, red or white wine, peeled and chopped tomatoes, herbs.
- Drunken Chicken (醉鸡): (Zui Ji), made by standing a prepared chicken upright on a partially filled can of beer and cooking it slowly in a barbecue or oven.
- Lion's Head Meatballs (狮子头): (Shi Zi Tou), it consists of large pork meatballs (about 7–10 cm in diameter) stewed with vegetables.
- Shanghai fried noodles (上海炒面): (Shanghai Chao Mian), made from Shanghai-style noodles, which can be found in most Chinese food markets.
- Shanghai Hairy Crab (上海毛蟹): (Shanghai Mao Xie), also known as Chinese mitten crab.
- Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs (糖醋排骨): (Tang Cu Pai Gu), “short-cut” spare ribs, all sorts of vegetables and accompanying sauces.
- Xiaolongbao (小笼包):is a type of steamed bun or baozi from eastern China, especially Shanghai and Wuxi.
- Yeung Chow Fried Rice (扬州炒饭): (Yang Zhou Chao Fan), a popular Chinese style wok fried rice dish in many restaurants.
- Crab-Yellow Pastry (蟹壳黄): (Xie Ke Huang), literally defined as yellow crab pastry, is one of the most popular Shanghai snacks.
- Date paste pastry (枣泥酥饼): (zǎo ní sū bǐng), sweetened bean paste.
- Eight Precious Rice (八宝饭): (Ba Bao Fan), it has among its main ingredients eight types of dried sugar-coated fruits symbolizing "eight precious stones".
- Fruit sponge cake (百果松糕): (bǎi guǒ sōng gāo), the cake is soft and smooth, and the fluffy texture is kind of melting in your mouth.
- Gaoqiao Muffin (高桥松饼): (gāo qiáo sōng bǐng), steamed glutinous rice cake, mooncake.
- Jiuniang (酒酿): made from sticky rice and sweet wine.
- Leisha Dumpling (擂沙圆): (Lei Sha Yuan), glutinous-rice dumplings filled with either assorted meat or sweet filling such as red bean or sesame paste.
- Sliced Lotus Root With Sweet Sauce (桂花糖藕): (Gui Hua Tang Ou), lotus root, sugar, white vinegar, water.
- Tangyuan (汤圆): is rice dumplings made with glutinous rice flour and served with syrup water during Dong Zhi.
 Fast food
- Plain Noodles (阳春面): (Yang Chun Mian), it is relatively low in price but quite complicated in preparation.
 Street food
- Baked Sweet Potato (烤红薯): (Kao Hong Su), a Chinese type of street food, sold by vendors to passersby on the street.
- Pan-Fried Steamed Bun (生煎包): (Sheng Jian Bao), this snack occupies the position somewhere between steamed buns and pot stickers (pan-fried dumplings).
- Vegetable Stuffed Bun (素菜包子): (Su Cai Bao Zi), buns filled with greengrocery, fresh mushroom, young bamboo shoots, dried bean curd.
 Drinks (Non-alcoholic)
- Barley Tea (大麦茶): (DaMai Cha), a caffeine-free, roasted-grain-based tisane made from barley.
- Dragon Well Tea (龙井茶): (LongJing Cha), is often called the national drink of China and is frequently given to visiting heads of state.
- Mung Bean Soup (綠豆湯): (LuDou Tang), is probably the most popular summer time drink in Shanghai.
- Oolong tea (乌龙茶): is a traditional Chinese tea.
 Drinks (Alcoholic)
- Shaoxing (紹興酒): traditional Chinese fermented wines from rice.