Yesterday’s Xiao Long Bao was rewarding.
Today, we were eager to have another bite.
But instead, we found an equally mouthwatering treat: Shengjian Bao (生煎包), a Shanghainese breakfast favorite.
Shengjian is a small, panfried and steamed bun filled with pork and gelatin that melts into a soup when cooked.
Among the soft top, savory and juicy middle, and crunchy bottom, it’s no surprise that this little delicacy is a commonly loved breakfast item among Shanghainese.
Can I say that it’s also become mine?
We just couldn’t help ourselves. Another round of xiao long bao? Why not? And although these ones were decent, yesterday’s at Lao Sheng Chang remained our winner.
And of course, the mandatory noodle soup…
The shengjian is decidedly one of my absolute favorite breakfast food in Shanghai. And while cha siu bao, xiao long bao, and other dim sum tidbits are easily available in Jakarta and all over the world, one would not find shengjian just anywhere. And boy have we landed in the right place!
Since we didn’t get to take home our xiao long bao from yesterday’s breakfast, today we weren’t going to skip our shengjian. A few brown paper bags of these lovely little buns, and we were good until lunchtime!
Would I recommend De Xing Guan? Of course! If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, feel free to stop by their counter to pick up some fresh shengjian. 4 shengjian bao cost as little as 6 RMB! That’s just 98 cents or almost IDR 12,000! You’re going to want at least one bag for yourself. That’s four of these savory delights!
DE XING GUAN
471 Guangdong Road, near Fujian Zhong Lu
+86 21 6352 2535
Mon – Sun: 6:30 AM – 9:30 PM