Given its cosmopolitan city status, Shanghai is one the finest places in China to sample its incredibly divergent regional culinary styles. Think; fiery, mouth-numbing Sichuan from the southwestern province and gentler, balanced Cantonese flavours from the Guangdong province. No visit to Shanghai would be complete without experiencing traditional Chinese dishes that have centuries worth of rich heritage and history.
For an authentic taste of Guangdong, Sun Wing Kee is one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Shanghai. Loved for its excellent dim sum and signature roasted pigeon, it’s an unassuming yet delicious affair. In China’s far west, the Xinjiang region draws influences from its Middle Eastern neighbours. Sample spice-infused lamb and naan breads at Xinjiang Fengwei and Qia Ni Xinjiang restaurants.
Taste the chili-infused, hot and spicy dishes of Sichuan, such as pickled pepper crab at the award-winning elegant Pin Chuan or Yu Xin, which imports its peppers and herbs direct from the region.