Thankfully our meals from there on in were much much better. After check in, we went for a wander and hit upon a little street vendor selling all manner of steamed buns.
Nice and steamy! We had pork buns, which were all hot and juicy and delicious.
First official stop was Ding Tai Fong in the Xintiandi district. Ding Tai Fong is a Taiwanese chain specialising in xiaolong bao – wee soup and pork filled dumplings steamed to perfection. Along with that we ordered a lot of food – bitter melon, hairy crabs, dandan noodles, beef noodle soup, water spinach… good, but the hands down winner is the xiaolong bao.
Our waitress was incredibly smiley and sweet – she took pity on us and even donned rubber gloves to get the crab meat out of the crab shell for us… since we obviously had no clue what we were doing. We ate the legs and thought we were done… no idea that the delicacy is in the shell. Oops! All in all however, a great first meal in Shanghai!