International Food in Shanghai

Expats across the city tell us where they go to get their home country favorites

by SHFamily | Mon, April 10, 2017

Ask any expat living in Shanghai about one of the most difficult aspects of being so far from home and inevitably the answer is, “I miss all the yummy food that I grew up with!”  Whether it’s pierogi, a freshly baked baguette or stinky cheese, everyone has that one thing they dream of eating when they return home. Luckily, it seems the longer we live in this incredible city, more and more of our favorite ingredients and dishes are becoming available to us. In order to find the best places to dine and buy ingredients from different countries around the world, we reached out to an extensive network of expats living in Shanghai and asked them several questions. Organized alphabetically by country, discover their picks on where to shop, go and eat for a taste of home.

 

The Questions:

1. Where do you go to buy ingredients from your home country? (Shop)

2. Who sells the best dishes from back home? (Home-based business)

3. What is your favorite dining spot that specializes in your country’s cuisine? (Restaurant)

 

Brazil

Shop: “Brazil Food Online” on Taobao (brazilfoodonline.taobao.com), where I can find some interesting Brazilian products. - Thaísa Barbosa da Silva

Home-based business: Me! I cook and sell traditional Brazilian snacks and sweets. WeChat ID: wxid_b8y158mmz79a22. - Dani Machad

Restaurants: Latina Grill (multiple locations) does Brazilian food well. There is also a Portuguese restaurant called OLÁ ​ (pictured above; 1105 Wuding Lu,
near Jiaozhou Lu), which has a plate of picanha (sirloin beef tip), rice and farofa (toasted cassava flour mixture) that also represents Brazilian food. - Mauren Zselinszky

 

Canada

Shop: Times Grocery for Canadian style bacon and Clamato juice which is an essential ingredient to make Ceasars. - Nicole Chia

Restaurants: The best restaurant to see a representation of real Canadian foods is Hungry Lung’s Kitchen (pictured above; 99 Jiashan Lu, near Yongkang Lu) for their comfort food like poutine (french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy) and soups, great cold noodles, and deep fried spring rolls. - Aisling McCaffrey

There is a Canadian-owned restaurant called Co. Cheese (32 Yuyuan Dong Lu, near Changde Lu). Their grilled cheese options are amazingly mouth-watering. They also serve Campbell’s tomato soup which was a staple in my home growing up and they also serve real Caesar! - Nicole Chia

 

Denmark

Shops: Baker & Spice for rye bread which all Danish kids are served for lunch and the food section in IKEA for their flabread, candy, chocolate, roasted onions and pickled herring. - Christina Freddie

The Swiss Butchery in Hongqiao (3187 Hongmei Lu, near Changshu Lu) sells Danish products like liver paste. - Line Ulbaek

Restaurants: The founder of Baker & Spice (above; multiple locations) is from Denmark and their soft Kerne bread is very similar to the Danish “rugbrød” (ryebread). - Elaina  Rasmussen

EQ (309 Hankou Lu, near Shandong Lu) has a ‘frikadelle’ (meatball) sandwich with red cabbage. Very traditional Danish. Henkes (Reel Mall, 1/F, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu) has a great lunch menu with herring, salmon, meatballs, roasted pork and rice pudding. - Christina Freddie

 

France

Shops: City Shop (multiple locations) or Metro (multiple locations) for Le President butter and cream. Swiss Butchery (3187 Hongmei Lu, near Hongsong Lu) for meat and cheese. Carrefour (multiple locations) and La Maison Traiteur (shown above; 3213 Hongmei Lu, near Chengjiaqiao Zhi Lu) for traditional mustards, jams, and other condiments. Roque (581 Shilong Lu, near Longchuanbei Lu) for wine. - Jennifer Clement 

Restaurants: La Maison Traiteur for French products (cheese, sausages, wine, baguettes), prepared dishes and catering. They also sell chipolatas (small sausages) and merguez (spicy mutton sausages). - Cathy Mangonot

Farine (multiple locations) for bakery and pastries. Cafe Montmartre (68 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Changle Lu) for baguettes, pâté andmadeleines. - Jennifer Clement

Pain Chaud in Xuhui (34 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu) to drink espresso, eat a croissant and read the newspaper. Completely French style. - Lucie Moerschel

 

Germany

Shops: Avocado Lady (274 Wulumuqi Lu, near Wuyuan Lu), Nicholson's Butcher Shop (92 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu) and Kate & Kimi. If I need something for German Christmas baking, I go to City Shop (multiple locations) - Anika Nebe

Abendbrot Bakery for traditional bread.   - Claudia Tappesser

Restaurant: The Käsespätzle (homemade cheese pasta) is quite authentic at Papa’s Bierstube (shown above; Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu, near Yan'an Lu). - Tom Stroh

 

India

Shops: Abundance Imported Food Store in Pudong (256 Yinxiao Lu, near Yinghua Lu) stocks most spices, ready-made meals and classic Indian favorites, and they deliver to Puxi! -Vini Sanjani

We get most of our ingredients at Bhoomi (266 Yaohong Lu, near Honsong Lu). - Melanie Malviya

Home-based business: Ritika (WeChat ID: Ritika). Her Chicken Manchurian is divine and she makes her samosa pastry from scratch which nobody ever does these days. She also prepares menus throughout the week such as Pau Baji (North Indian dish). - Vini Sanjani 

Restaurants: Lotus Land (Lane 274, Taikang Lu, near Ruijin Lu) and Rangoli (Rm 203, 2/F, 169 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu), both in Tianzifang. The Palak Paneer at Rangoli is perfectly spiced. - Melanie Malviya

My favorite restaurant is Masala Art in Puxi (shown above; 397 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu). They have the best Thali (South Indian platter of food) meal. My second favorite is Kebabs on the Grille (multiple locations). Yummy food! - Shonu Kumar

 

Italy

Shops: We like to buy our mozzarella from Sololatte and Mutti canned tomatoes and Garofalo pasta at CityShop or CitySuper. - Gabriella Manina

Home-based business: Kikka’s Kitchen (WeChat ID: chiccalaru) for traditional dishes like lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, ravioli and panna cotta. - Alessandra Cosimato

Restaurants: My favorite coffee is served by Little Huia (403 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Lu) as they have Illy Caffè, the best Italian coffee brand, and they know how to prepare it. - Gaia Farinelli

La Vite, a small bistro and pizzeria on Wulumuqi Lu (near Wuyuan Lu) and Atto Primo (shown above; 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu) for casual fine dining and amazing pasta. - Ludovica Damonte

 

Malaysia

Home-based business: I was craving coconut jam (Kaya), which I couldn’t find in Shanghai, so now I make and sell it (WeChat ID: SGShanghai).

Restaurant: Cafe Sambal (shown above; 59 Jiashan Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu) has the closest dishes to what my home country has to offer. - Saw Gin Toh

 

Mexico

Shops: Avocado Lady and Ole Supermarket have a few ingredients but they are not always reliable; sometimes they won’t get any for a while. - Liza Myer

Home-based business: A couple of months ago I started La Mexicana (WeChat ID: La Mexicana), selling authentic, homemade Mexican food in Shanghai. - Gaby López

Restaurants: Tepito (shown above; 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu) has good tacos al pastor (marinated pork shoulder) and El Luchador (123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu) has good food in general. - Liza Myer

Pistolera (multiple locations) is a great option for authentic reasonably-priced Mexican food! - Gaby López

 

Poland

Shop: Avocado Lady on Wulumuqi Lu for Sauerkraut and beetroots that my mom and grandma fed me nonstop when I was little.

Home-based business: Pierogi Ladies  – which my friend and I started in March 2016. We make genuine Polish dumplings called pierogi and are always adding other dishes.

Restaurant: Every weekend you can order a pierogi set for brunch at The Rooster (455 Shanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu), or at Jiashan Market.
- Gosia Modinska 

 

South Korea

Shop: 1004 is an online shop. I go to W Market (1000 Hongquan Lu, near Hongxi Lu) or Tony Mart ( WeChat  ID: tonymartchina ) for all kinds of imported Korean ingredients including fresh meats and vegetables. 

Home-based business: Ms Choi’s Homemade Foods (WeChat ID: Duoduoa6262)  for chicken soup with noodles. 

Restaurants: Hanmama (1665 Hongqiao Lu, near Shuicheng Lu). It’s casual and excellent value for money – there’s also no MSG!  Chi-Q (shown above; 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu) is great for chic Korean food and Ben Jia (multiple locations) is perfect for barbecues. -  Hyun Young Lee Valade

 

Spain

Shop: El Corte Inglés (inside Dong Jiao State Guest Hotel; 1800 Jinke Lu, near Longdong Da Dao) has the best gourmet supermarket with selected food items that we love. - Patricia Rey

Restaurants: Malabar (1081 Wuding Lu,near Jiaozhou Lu). Great food and ambience! Nice tapas and paella. You feel like you are in Spain. - Maria Ciagarran

We love Tres Perros (148 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu) because it is inexpensive, has many kinds of tapas and it feels a bit like home (the owner used to work in Barcelona and speaks Spanish). - Julia Pujol

 

USA

Shop: Epermarket is my go-to for produce, spices and canned goods. I supplement with City Shop, the Avocado Lady and Carrefour. - Rhonda Mahs

Home-based business: Sugar Mamas by Shareena (WeChat ID: shazzer78) has gorgeous cakes and delicious cupcakes. - Katie Carney

Restaurants: I love Morton’s (multiple locations) and can’t pass up the bacon at Liquid Laundry (1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu). - Clare Plonka

Spread the Bagel (shown above; multiple locations) for authentic bagels. - Heather Auman

 

Main image styled by Hanady Awada and food supplied by Epermarket, www.epermarket.com

 

 

 

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