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Tea in China: Reading the Leaves

Although coffee culture is booming in China, the Middle Kingdom is still the world’s biggest consumer and producer of tea leaves. The drink is so important that one Chinese proverb claims, “It is better to be deprived of food for three days, than of tea for one,” and tea is included on the list of the seven necessities of Chinese life (along with firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce and vinegar). Continue »

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Bamboo Sichuan: The Big Chili

The temperature has officially fallen off the register, and there are days when Shanghai seems bleak indeed, the cumulus clouds of winter hugging the skyline uncomfortably close. Continue »

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Holy Cow: Beefed-Up Hotpot

Editor’s note: Soup Week at Culinary Backstreets heats up with our second installment in the series, in which our Shanghai correspondent reports on a new hotpot specialist in Xuhui that takes extraordinary care in how it sources ingredients. Continue »

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Ask CB: Warming Up with Traditional Chinese Fare?

Dear Culinary Backstreets,
I’ve heard that Traditional Chinese Medicine dictates that you should alter your diet according to the season to stay healthy. What are some of the foods that Chinese doctors recommend when the temperature drops?  Continue »

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Best Bites of 2014: Shanghai

Editor’s note: The year is coming to an end, which means it’s time for us to look back on all the great eating experiences we had in 2014 and name our favorites among them. Continue »

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For a Good Claws: Hairy Crab Season in Shanghai

Hairy crab season is once again sweeping Shanghai’s diners into a frenzy, with the bristly crustaceans popping up on street corners, in streetside wet markets like Tangjiawan Lu and, most importantly, on dinner plates. This year we’ve even seen reports of elaborate live crab vending machines hitting the streets in Nanjing and an attempt to start a black-market trade in German crabs. Continue »

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Eating and Drinking in Tianzifang: Toilets & Noodles

Beyond the stunning juxtaposition of the Bund’s colonial architecture with some of the world’s highest skyscrapers, one of Shanghai’s most charming, local architectural experiences can be found on the southern edge of the former French Concession, in the neighborhood of Tianzifang. Continue »

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White Rabbit: Shanghai's Iconic Sweet

Editor’s note: For our second installment in Sweets Week, we go to Shanghai, birthplace of one of China’s most beloved candies.
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Shanghai’s Top 5 Lunch Sets: Midday Meal Deal

Shanghai offers a huge range of dining at every price point imaginable. Fortunately for us, cost is not necessarily commensurate with quality in this town; you don’t have to break the bank to eat well. In fact, some of our favorite eateries offer bargain set lunches. Continue »

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Chicken Leg and Cow’s Liver: Mushrooms in China

Editor’s note: Our last installment in Mushroom Week comes from Shanghai, where correspondent Lillian Chou delves deep into China’s extraordinary mushroom bounty. Continue »

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