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Shengjian at De Xing Guan: A Shanghai Must-Eat

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?

De Xing Guan

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.

De Xing Guan

And of course, the mandatory noodle soup…

De Xing Guan

De Xing Guan

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!

De Xing Guan

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!

De Xing Guan

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!

471 Guangdong Road, near Fujian Zhong Lu
广东路471号, 近福建中路
+86 21 6352 2535

Mon – Sun: 6:30 AM – 9:30 PM


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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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