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Wei Xiang Zhai
    • ADDRESS:
      味香斋
      14 Yandang Lu,
      near Huaihai Lu
      雁荡路14号, 近淮海路
    • PHONE:
      5383 9032
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from South Huangpi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 6.15am-9pm
    • CARDS:
      None
    • PRICE:
      $ $$$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Shabby and run down Wei Xiang Zhai has been slinging cheap, tasty sesame sauce noodles for decades. Pay no mind to the grubby walls. Just look at every table. You'll see bowls of noodles smothered in spicy, creamy sesame sauce. This is the specialty here. Do yourself a favor and order it. But eat it fast, before it turns gluggy.
    Photos by BRANDON MCGHEE
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    • Wei Xiang Zhai is one of those places that you can’t live in Shanghai and not try at least once. A small mom and pop type of shop that’s famous for their 10 rmb masa noodles pair with the golden combo of their 10 rmb beef soup and spicy meat toppings, this place remains a gem in the glitzy xintiandi area. The first time I came here was on a crowded weekend afternoon, where sharing table space was pretty common, and we happened to be seated across a well-known foodie youtuber, who was filming a scene at the restaurant on his noodle run across China video.

      To avoid the crowd, I came back on a weekday afternoon where most people were at work, and the only customers in the shop were a couple of elder folks, who seemed to live around the area. As usual, service doesn’t exist in places like this. I ordered at the counter and quickly found a seat. It didn’t take long for the food to arrive, and the portions were fairly large. The beef noodle soup had a rich flavor with a hint of curry, topped with scallions on top. The masa noodles had a rich sesame sauce on top, which on its own, wouldn’t make for much of a meal. That’s why most people order toppings on the side to blend with the noodles. The spicy meat toppings this afternoon was disappointing. It wasn’t even heated up properly and it was a bit too heavy for my taste.

      While eating, I came across what seems to be a food tour that made the joint a stop on their list. This place is popular among locals and tourists alike, however, it seems a bit overrated to me. It has become a must try in Shanghai, but I don’t think I will be coming back.

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