Shanghai: Wang Jia Sha

王家沙 Wang Jia Sha is another old school Shanghai-ese eatery, but does mostly small food / snacks rather than meals. It is also on West Nanjing Rd, near Mei Long Zhen.

At the ground floor, it sells take away buns, wontons, Suzhou style mooncakes (my aunty recommends meat filling ones), various rice desserts, zong zi… However some of them do not belong to WJS, even though they might operate right next to the WJS kiosks. Be wary of these and follow the crowd.

Upstairs is their sit down restaurant. The food here is just average, and I’ve heard it more than once that it relies on the legacy of its brand name rather than the quality of the food.

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小笼包 Xiao Long Bao
This was possibly the worst xiao long bao I’ve ever had! It wasn’t fresh, there was no ‘soup’ inside, so the skin was also too thick
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苔跳粢饭糕 Seaweed Rice Cake
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虾肉小馄饨 Little prawn and pork wontons
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春卷 Spring Rolls
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腌笃鲜
A soup made of salted pork, fresh pork pieces (this one used pork belly), bamboo shoots, tofu knots. My aunty said the flavour was not strong enough
八宝饭 Eight Treasures Rice Pudding Glutinous rice with red bean paste in the middle, adorned with 8 different types of dried fruits and nuts. At the restaurant, we had the traditional one with white rice, which was beautifully soft and chewy. This one I bought take away and is mixed with purple glutinous rice. Because purple rice require longer to cook, it was a bit hard and uncooked...
八宝饭 Eight Treasures Rice Pudding
Glutinous rice with red bean paste in the middle, adorned with 8 different types of dried fruits and nuts. At the restaurant, we had the traditional one with white rice, which was beautifully soft and chewy. This one I bought take away and is mixed with purple glutinous rice. Because purple rice require longer to cook, it was a bit hard and uncooked…

Buy some takeaway treats at WJS, located at 805 West Nanjing Rd.

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