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For over 80 years customers have been flocking here for its noodles. No one seems to mind the congested, somewhat tired room – just as long as the flav...
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Reviewed January 13, 2020

I came 15 minutes after opening in the morning and it was already packed. I came prepared with a photo of what to order, but really not necessary since I could've just pointed to any of the tables nearby since everyone was having the signature...sesame noodles. What wasn't clear immediately is that you clip your receipt to a clothespin at your table and give the clothespin to a waitress. At 6:30am it was just me and a roomful of Chinese men sitting in silence except for noises from the kitchen and the loud slurping from every seat! Amazing, quick meal. I can still remember the taste of those noodles. So good.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 21, 2019

Their sesame paste noodles are so so good - sesame paste fragrant and not watery, texture of noodles are just nice. Also cheap, just RMB12!! Spoke to the locals there and they recommended both the sesame paste noodles and the beef soup.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

We went here twice during our trip since the sesame noodles were so good! It was easy to order. Though my son speaks Mandarin the person at the counter knew what we wanted. Food came out fresh and fast both times. We didn’t need to...wait but if we did would be worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Good and Cheap food, but staff speaks litterally no english. Just order something from someone elses plate.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

A cozy place for a taste of shanghai's age old authentic food. You will order and pay first before they serve food.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019

Found it on the michelin guide. The best sesame noodles in Shanghai! They are super cheap (arund 1.5€) and taste amazing. No one there actually speaks english so you have to show them photos (just save them on your phone) or learn chinese characters in...advance so you can show them on the menu.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

I found this place from a YouTube video as it was 'highly recommended' I'll start by saying my wife loved it, but I found it to literally be noodles with peanut butter. If you're into that combo then you'll enjoy this (and believe me I...know plenty of huge peanut butter fans)More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2019

We came specifically for the spicy sesame noodles....they were delicious with al dente noodles and the right amount of spice as well..we thoroughly enjoyed them. There is not a lot of English here but if you ask for "Ma Jiang Mian" you will get spicy...sesame noodles. Cheap as chips around 33 Yuen for 3 serves. We did not find the staff grumpy nor the place grimey.....staff were super efficient, friendly and after ordering with the girl at the front counter you then handed your ticket to one of the roving waitresses and pretty soon after that out came the noodles. If you are thinking about these noodles....just do it they are wonderful!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

Go for the majiang ban mian (sesame sauce dry noodles) and the zhu pai (pork chop) for a prefect breakfast or lunch. Be prepared to line up as the shop is tiny. Will visit again for the awesome taste of the noodles.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2017 via mobile

Must try :) super friendly and great local food. Use pictures to order if you are not speaking mandarin

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Great place to try while you're strolling through the French Concession area. It's a very local restaurant, you won't find tourists here, hence everything is in Chinese only. That's not a problem though, just point to the noodles everyone is having, or say ma jiang...mian and they will understand. It's a very simple dish, starchy noodles, sesame sauce, chilli sauce and scallions, but the taste is amazing. One is enough if you're not that hungry but 2 should suffice for everyone, and it costs only 10Y per portion. You are in China so you shouldn't look at it from a hygiene perspective :) I would definitely go back if I found myself in Shanghai again.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

This place is very small and always crowded with local customers. The taste of spicy pork noodles is very yummy. If you are looking for authentic Shanghai noodles, this is the right place.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Since a friend turned me on to this place, I'm back every time I visit Shanghai. It's almost always crowded and sometimes I have to share a small table with strangers. The "majiangmian" is where it's at, sesame paste noodles. The ingredients are simple: sesame...paste, soy sauce, chile oil, green onions. So the magic is in the quality of each of those ingredients and in their ratio.More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

One of my favorite Chinese noodle dishes is ma jiang mian, noodles with sesame paste. 30 years ago, it was ubiquitous street food in Shanghai. It's harder to find these days, but Wei Xiang Zhai is like a time machine, transporting me to the Shanghai...I remember. The dry wheat noodles are cooked to a perfectly springy texture and served with sesame paste, a little chili oil, and a few scallions. There's a little sweet (almost like peanut butter) and just a hint of heat to complement the starchy delight of the noodles. The dish is served room temperature, making it easy to wolf them down. At only 10 yuan, it is an amazing bargain. It isn't only the noodles that take me back in time. The place has been here for decades and hasn't changed one whit. It is a grimy, cramped space, seating family style. The chopsticks in the bin on the table look pretty dodgy (you could bring your own) and the staff cursorily wipes the table with a dirty washrag to (mostly) remove the detritus from the prior guest. There's almost always a line out the door and you will need to shoehorn your way into a seat next to complete strangers. Once you get your first bite of the noodles, though, all that fades away as you munch in nirvana. There's a short, Chinese-only menu posted behind the surly woman at the front counter. Just say "Ma jiang mian," hold up a finger (or two) to indicate quantity, and you'll be fine; the menu is so limited and the place so well-known for this dish that you'll be sure to get what you want even if your pronunciation is crap. After you order and pay, clip your receipt to the numbered clothespin at your seat, and hand it to one of the harried waitresses. In just a couple of minutes, she'll deliver a bowl of heaven.More

Date of visit: October 2016
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5