Nanxiang Mantou Dian, Shanghai

4 out of 5 stars 14 Reviews

85 Yu Yuan Road, Old Town God's Temple 6355 4206

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  • Hot soup bun using straw to drink
    Hot soup bun using straw to drink
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    Different types of steamed buns
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    Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant: Ancient Restaurant - 113 years old

    by edelng Written Nov 27, 2013
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    This restaurant is very popular with tourist. Travel guides states that it is about 113 years old. Ground floor has the longest queue and it's for take-away. 2nd floor is for dine in and there is no minimum amount spent. 3rd floor is more luxuriously decorated and you need to order minimum 50yuan per person. It's a great experience to enjoy steamed buns of different variety.

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  • Nanxiang Mantou Dian: you MUST go for those dumplings over there

    by DieterMSteinweg Updated Jan 18, 2011

    dont forget to reserve, it's hard to get a table in there...the dumplings are outstanding, you will not find better ones.

    also, you can watch them being made by hand...don't miss it.

    Favorite Dish: on the upper stairs you can watch them making these dumplings

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    Nanxiang Mantou Dian: Shanghai dumplings galore!

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Feb 28, 2009

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    Restaurant corridor - where are the dumplings?

    This is the place for xiao long bao (delicious Shanghainese dumpings), though I didn't think it was the very best xiao long bao I've had. Still, it is extremely popular. You can't miss it in Yu Bazaar - there are loads of people queue-ing either to get in or to take away dumplings. It can seem a bit showy - you can watch the chefs at work behind glass panels. The dumplings themselves are v large and quite delicious...

    Favorite Dish: Xiao long bao - that's all they do, largely.

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    Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant: It's really not bad!

    by jackiesg Written Apr 23, 2008

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    This restaurant was so popular that many had wrote about it in their own travel pages. I had read mixed opinions about it. Too pricey, long queue, taste so good, definitely must go etc.

    My opinion: It really taste quite good! It's an experience drinking the soup in the steamed bun with a straw and the Xiao Long Bao taste fresh and good. Indeed, there's a long queue but the queue is fast moving, at least on my day of visit. Service is okay, but waiting time after ordering is quite long.

    Overall, I feel that it's worth the experience.

    Favorite Dish: I didn't order much so I can only recommend the Steamed bun w crab roe stuffing and Steamed bun w fresh meat.

    Steamed bun w roe stuffing: It's a big bun. But, don't expect it to be able to fill your stomach bcos it has nothing but roe soup wrapped in the bun. No meat inside! Just soup! So, you stick a straw they specially provide into the centre of the bun and then...suck very slowly. :) Bcos, it's steamingly HOT. Don't burn your tongue, Ouch!

    Steamed bun w fresh meat or what we call the Xiao Long Bao. Typical Xiao Long Bun, nice.

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    Nanxiang Mantou Dian: Soup Dumplings

    by y_lyn Written Dec 16, 2006

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    This restaurant is so famous that it wouldn't do any justice if you don't visit it while you are there. You can always find long queue outside the restaurant no matter which level you are at. The first level is for take-away. You can find many people sitting or standing near the restaurant eating there hot dumplings. We chose to go to the 2nd level and ordered their set menu so that we can try a bit of everything. The price is very reasonable and we really enjoyed our meal.

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    Nanxiang Mantou Dian: Delicious Shanghai Snacks

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    Xiao Long Bao

    In Shanghai you must try its famous snacks, especially the Nanxiang Xiao Long Bao, which is absolutely delicious. It is a kind of bao zi or steamed dumpling filled with ground pork and soup. The soup is the special part about these dumplings -- you have to first bite a small hole in the dumpling and sip the soup out. Then you can dip the dumpling in vinegar and enjoy it. I like to put the whole dumpling on a soup spoon to avoid spilling anything.

    There's also a kind of dumpling that contains only the soup and you put a straw into the dumpling to sip it out. I personally don't like this kind... I still want the meat inside.

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  • Nanxiang Mantou Dian: Is it really that good?

    by diavenus Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Read many reviews on this restaurant before I went to Shanghai and badly wanted to try the Xiao Long Bao. However, it is near impossible to get seats. Lots of pushing and shoving. No systematic way of allocating seats/tables. Everyone just stood behind a seat and waited like vultures.
    Gave up in the end. A family in the same tour group managed to eat some Xiao Long Bao, but felt that they prefered what they found in Singapore.

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    Nanxiang Mantou Dian: Traditional Dumplings

    by sha08ron Written Jan 7, 2005

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    A 3-level restaurant in ancient architecture. Very chinese interior. Food are categorised by the level. Level 1 serves dumpling of normal quality at very affordable price. Queue is long and take-away style. Level 2 serves higher quality at slightly higher price and are served by waitresses. Level 3 serves the best quality at a quater serving of what level 1 is selling at 4 times the price. It is said that the skin of the dumpling gets thinner as we go up 1 level of the restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: Dumpling is delicious. Some other snack is good too esp a deep fried squid ball also filled with juicy sauce.
    Comes in set meal.

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    Nan Xiang Man Tou Dian

    by vigi Updated May 14, 2003

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    Nan Xiang Man Tou Dian (inside YuYuan). Best place for Xialongbao.
    The girls are carefully taking the meat out from crabs. A team from Japanese TV filming a travel program were sitting next to our table inside the resturant.

    Favorite Dish: Crab Meat Xialongbao. Yummy........

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    Nanxiang Steamed Buns Restaurant: Little Dragon Dumplings

    by vincentf Written Jan 6, 2003

    This is the most famous restaurant located in Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai.

    Favorite Dish: The little dumplings filled with crab meat/powder are the most sought after dish in this restaurant. You can literally suck the juice out of the dumpling.

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    Nan Xiang Restaurant

    by sunnywong Updated Dec 5, 2002

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    The 100-year old Nan Xiang Restaurant specializes in Shanghai style cuisine. Situated in a pleasant environment and equipped with advanced facilities, the restaurant serves first-class foods and is an ideal place to dine.

    Favorite Dish: The special recommendation is the Nan Xiang small steamed meat bun.

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    a fast food selling shanghai...

    by Audrey118 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    a fast food selling shanghai dumpling within yuyuan garden.
    steaming hot shanghai dumpling (xiao long pow) and it comes in baskets of teens. most local people eat lots of them. i could not understand why...until you eat it. pretty hot and has just enough meat and enough meat sauce oozing out of the dumpling!!!

    Favorite Dish: xiao long pow - long queue but worth it

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    Every city seems to have it's...

    by zizquark Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Every city seems to have it's local famous food that draws long lines every day. In Shanghai it's the Nanxiang Dumpling Store. In the Yu Yuan area a few steps from the YuYuan tea house,they are made with crabmeat and pork. There are long lines everyday with about a 45 min. wait for dumplings. Local people say they are the best in Shanghai because of the combination of meat and paper thin dumpling.People were having their friends photograph them with their long sought after dumplings.

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    Nanxiang Mantou Dian: Juicy Dumpling

    by tuff Written Nov 26, 2003

    Look for the building with this decoration on the roof in Yuyuan Garden and get in line to taste one of the best dumplings in Shanghai.

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