1. Sheng Jian Bao
Breakfast is commonly bought from corner stalls which sell pork buns, for the best small steamer bun. These stalls also sell other types of buns, such as Shengjian Mantou (生煎馒头, literally fried bun) and Guo Tie (fried jiaozi), all eaten dipped in black vinegar.
2. Xiao Long Bao
A notable Shanghai delicacy is the xiao long bao, sometimes known as Shanghai Dumplings in English-speaking countries. xao long bao, or "small steamer bun" (literally translated) as mentioned above, is a type of steamed bun that is filled with pork (most commonly found) or minced crab, and soup. Although it appears delicate, a good xiao long bao is able to hold in the soup until the xiao long bao is bitten. They are steamed in bamboo baskets and served with vinegar and in some places, shredded ginger. A common way of eating the xiao long bao is to bite the top off, suck all the soup, then dipping it in vinegar before eating.
3. Typical Shanghainese breakfast
Shanghainese people do not usually spend too much time on having breakfast, so breakfast in Shanghai is pretty simple. Shanghainese are used to grabbing some food in small snack stores or having a bowl of pao fan (泡饭/rice in soup or water) at home.
A typical breakfast combination is you tiao, a doughlike food that is deep fried in oil until crisp and is eaten in all parts of China, wrapped in thick pancake, accompanied by soybean milk.
4. "Four Heavenly Kings"
The most well-known foods for breakfast are the "Four Heavenly Kings" (四大金刚), which include da bing (大饼) (Chinese pancake), you tiao (deep-fried dough stick), ci fan tuan (steamed sticky rice ball) and soybean milk.
The unfinished ci fan tuan (steamed sticky rice ball)
Among "Four Heavenly Kings", ci fan tuan belongs to typical Shanghai food. It is made of warm steamed sticky rice. Shanghainese likes putting sugar and you tiao inside the steamed sticky rice. They also put salty duck egg yolk, rou song (crushed dried pork) or other stuffings in ci fan tuan.