In "Back of the Queue", SmSh sends our writers to some of the city's worst lines to see what's up with them. "What are they selling? Is it worth the wait? Let's send some poor unfortunate soul to find out." That's our thinking with this.
Hey YOU. Back of the line...
The venue: Ada Scallion Pancake
Scallion pancake (cong you bing
, 葱油饼), a Shanghainese traditional street food that is pork fat and scallions inside folded dough. Normally costs around 3.5rmb.
You'll need to queue up before 6am to get a number (which is written directly on your hand -- no funny business). That's limited to 50 people only. The waiting time is around 2 to 3 hours if you don't have one. We waited for a brisk 45 minutes; you'll find out why later.