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A bite of Shanghai: traditional Nanxiang xiaolongbao

Updated: Jan 25, 2018 Print


A worker makes xiaolongbao behind a glass shop window near the street in Shanghai, Jan 22. [Photo/IC]

Xiaolongbao is a kind of Chinese steamed meat bun originated from the Jiangnan region south of the Yangtze River. It is served in a small bamboo steaming basket or xiaolong, the origin of its unique name.

Nanxiang, a small town in the Jiading district of Shanghai, is the home to the first batch of xiaolongbao. Famous for its exquisite shape and taste, Nanxiang xiaolongbao has become a signature dish of Shanghai cuisine.

It was included into the list of national intangible cultural heritage in August 2014.

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