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Shanghai’s most iconic bowl of yellow croaker noodles

Shanghai’s food culture is hard to tackle in one visit so I always tell visiting friends to start with two things: a basket of soup dumplings and a bowl of yellow croaker noodles. While soup dumplings have been widely covered, yellow croaker noodles really don’t get as much love!

黄鱼面 which literally translates to ‘yellow croaker noodles,’ are essentially springy noodles in a creamy golden broth filled with chunks of yellow croaker. At 蟹黄鱼 Xie Huang Yu, my favourite noodle spot, they also toss in minced crab to enhance the umami flavours. Add a light splash of vinegar to the broth and it’ll be just perfect.

Xie Huang Yu has a charming little store in Xintiandi that feels very down to earth compared to its surroundings (PC: Dianping)

Lunch spread! Each bowl of yellow croaker noodles comes with a little side of vinegar mixed with minced ginger

My two favorite dishes to share are the lightly breaded Chinese pork chop and the chicken thigh in a spring onion marinade

It’s rare to see such big chunks of minced crab & yellow croaker, they’re super generous with their portion sizes at Xie Huang Yu

These yellow croaker wontons are pretty phenomenal too–essentially, Xie Huang Hu stuffs yellow croaker chunks into juicy wontons and then add some minced crab on top

A local gem in Xintiandi, you’ll find plenty of locals lining up here during weekday lunch hours!

Shanghai’s best bowl of noodles

At Xie Huang Hu, they’ve really perfected that delicate balance of a creamy soup without any fishiness to it and chunks of yellow croaker plus crab. At 68RMB per bowl, it’s a steal! The restaurant’s signature wontons stuffed with yellow croaker are also excellent. You can really taste the fleshy fish meat and the wontons themselves are delicious when dipped in the vinegar-soy sauce. Other popular dishes to share include fried yellow croaker, chicken in a spring onion marinade, and Shanghai-style fried pork chop.

Note that Xie Huang Yu’s yellow croaker noodles are certified 网红 ‘viral’ which means that celebrities and locals alike will queue just to get a taste of it. My favorite location to visit is the Xintiandi branch, which is really in the heart of Shanghai. The key is to go after 2pm you want to miss the lunch crowds! After all, you really can’t leave Shanghai without trying a bowl of these yellow croaker noodles, it’s a Shanghai-must.

love,
eatprayjade x.

Xie Huang Yu 蟹黄鱼
Address// 200 Taicang Road, by the intersection of Taicang Road and Madang Road
Hours// 10am-late

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