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Must-Try Affordable Restaurants in Shanghai



1) Waipojia (外婆家)

Average $ per Person: RMB 40 - RMB 70

Address: multiple location (20 branches across Shanghai)

Must Order Food:

Fragrant Tea Chicken (茶香鸡)

Roasted Pork Belly(外婆烤肉)

Hangzhou Style Sweet & Sour Pork (糖醋里脊)

Spicy & Sour Fish (酸菜鱼)

Steamed Prawn (蒜蓉粉丝虾)

Sautéed Cauliflower (有机花菜)

Green Tea Cake (绿茶饼)

Calamansi Tea (柠檬冰桔茶)

2) Luyu(炉鱼)

Average $ per Person: RMB 40 - RMB 70

Address: multiple location (7 branches across Shanghai)

Must Order Food (we've tried all the fish types and flavors, here are what we recommend):

* Choose MeiGong Fish (湄公鱼): the most tender fish and less fishbone

* You may add any sides to the fish e.g tofu, mushroom, etc.

* Choose Oyster Sauce Black Pepper (黑椒蚝油味)/ Garlic (蒜香味)/ Sour & Spicy (酸菜味)/ Soy Sauce (酱香味)Flavor


3) Dong Bei Ren Jia(东北人家)

Average $ per Person: RMB 30 - RMB 50

Address: multiple location (the best one so far is beside Jiaotong University Xuhui District's Panyu Road Gate 番禺路667-6号)

Must Order Food:

Northen Style Sweet & Sour Pork (锅包肉)-must eat-

Sautéed Vegetables (地三鲜)

Caramelized Fried Sweet Potato / Banana (拔丝地瓜/拔丝香蕉)-super good-

4) Hai Jin Zi (海金滋)

Average $ per Person: RMB 30 - RMB 60

Address: multiple location (8 branches across Shanghai)

Note: One of the most authentic Shanghainese restaurants that is loved by Shanghai local

Must Order Food:

Steamed Egg (蟹粉蛋)-made only by egg, but the texture is like crab meat-

Soy Sauce Pork (葱烤大排)

Sautéed Vegetable (酒香草头)


5) Lotus Eatery(云之缘云南民族菜)

Average $ per Person: RMB 60 - RMB 80

Address: 梅川路1378号(梅川路步行街真光路口);定西路1112号(近武夷路)

Must Order Food:


Grilled Fish

Roasted Chicken

Deep Fried Beef with Pu Er Tea

Sautéed Mushrooms in Banana Leaf

Chicken Salad

Vegetable Pancake

Steamed Sticky Rice in Bamboo