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Four famous emporiums offer regional specialties
By Ruby Gao

SHAO Wan Sheng 邵万生

Ningbo style

Founded in 1852 by a fisherman from Ningbo, this store features quality seafood and freshwater food prepared in a special way. Signature foods include cooked mud snails and river shrimp marinated in wine, drunken hairy crab and dried herring. Sea fish pickled in spice is a recommended snack.

Address: 414 Nanjing Rd E.

Li Feng 立丰

Cantonese style

Founded in 1938, this nan huo dian was once known as China's "king of beef jerky." It's famous for quality meat dried and seasoned the Cantonese way. Signature foods include flavorful and juicy beef jerky, preserved pork slices and la chang, a dried smoked pork sausage with high fat content, seasoned with rose water and soy sauces. It tastes smoky and sweet.

Address: 982 Nanjing Rd W.

Wan You Quan 万有全

Jinhua style

Opened in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this outlet is famous for Jinhua ham, not simply preserved and dried but also aged for months. Bacon, preserved sausage and dried chicken are popular. Dried vegetables and nuts are available.

Address: 103 Fangbang Rd M.

San Yang Sheng三阳盛

Suzhou style

Opened in 1928, this store although sells preserved meats, salted seafood and dried vegetables, the most popular food is Suzhou-style mooncakes. These are puff pastries with a crispy outside and filled with juicy pork. In addition, its black sesame, walnut and various local pastries are recommended by many loyal customers.

Address: 1888 Nanjing Rd W.

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