I've organized a few photos from my 3+ years in Shanghai. Without too much commentary, these are what I understand to be traditional "Shanghainese" food dishes.
I'll skip "Xiao Long Bao" aka Soup Dumplings. Easily found anywhere.
I won't skip #2 on the list though, Sheng Jian Bao, or (pan) Fried Soup Dumplings. Filled with pork and it's juices, the idea is to pop a little hole and pour in some vinegar to balance out the fat.
These first 3 are from Yang's, which is the main popular chain that serves them. Zero frills here...
A double order, with two flipped for contrast. The vinegar in the foreground:
A glimpse at the porky meat ball and juice inside. Insert vinegar and proceed at your own risk.
These are from one of the better mom & pop neighbourhood restaurants that my guys liked to go to. This pan is off the flame already. Not much difference in appearance, but better taste:
An Instagram video from this place:
Final product here:
Finally some from a fancy restaurant:
A LOT less oil involved with these.