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Breakfast in Shanghai for local Shanghainese

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Soya milk, baked wheat cake, deep-fried dough sticks and glutinous rice cake constitute the traditional breakfast for Shanghai natives. Soya milk is served sweet or salty. In salty soya milk, there are slices of deep-fried dough, shredded hot pickled mustard, fried small shrimp, chopped chives, seaweed and other condiments plus a small amount of fresh vinegar and soy sauce.

This kind of soya milk is the favourite of old Shanghai people. There are also two kinds of baked wheat cakes: salty ones and sweet ones. On the surface of both salty and sweet cakes, there are sesame seeds. Green scallions are inserted in the salty ones while the sweet ones are stuffed with sugar. Deep-fried dough sticks can be eaten alone or by dipping it in soy sauce with a little sesame oil.

Glutinous rice cake is made of glutinous rice and polished round-grained rice in certain proportion. In the morning, on the way to work, people often take a baked wheat cake, or a deep-fried dough stick and glutinous rice cake in their hands before they get on a bus.

As the four breakfast foods are not highly lucrative, the number of pedlars selling such breakfast dwindled and preferential policies, such as breakfast restaurants and stands are gradually restored.

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