I love starting blog posts with these kind of pictures. So do my vegan friends. Looks like a good reason to embrace tofu, no?
Anyway, Friday morning Changde Lu near Aomen Lu turns into this amazing cross between a roadside wet market, a New York street vendor cart, a Jewish deli and an Arab bazaar. About a dozen different stands pop up offering some of the best street food I’ve had in Shanghai (lamb kababs, mutton knish, rice with a mound of grilled meat and delicious arab spices), dried fruits, nuts and spices a la Sahadis, fresh meat, pastrami, Arab hair products, videos, DVDs and bagels. The reason for this Friday morning mecca is the Huxi Mosque, the oldest in Shanghai, and its worshippers who come from Xinjiang, an autonomous region of the PRC in the West of China.
Hmmm…pastrami!!!! This was really good (sorry vegan friends) -plus, he was super charming.
My favorite thing I bought was definitely the dried apricots. Although they had the pit in them, they had so much flavor it was ridiculous. Worth the trip alone.
Even though we were clearly food tourists, everyone was very friendly and it was a treat to see a break from the usual. I highly recommend this as a great way to start your weekend. Check it out: 1328 Changde Lu, near Aomen Lu, North Jing ‘An.