Xibei You Mian Cun

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

Orient Shopping Centre, Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street 800, 9F, Shanghai, China

Serves meat, vegan options available. A popular Xibei cuisine chain with many locations. Around 1/2 of the menu is vegetarian and vegan suitable choices ranging from fresh tofu, steamed vegetables with spring water, freshly made bread. Food is made with some organic produce and not oily. English language menu with pictures but no English spoken. The restaurant is located on the 9th floor of the Oriental Shopping Center Address 黄浦区南京东路800号东方商厦9楼(近西藏中路). Name 西贝莜面村

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by shanghaivegan

OK but difficult for non-chinese speaking vegans - Edit

The food that I tried there was ok, some quite nice, some rather bland. My main challenge was the communication. I do speak some basic Mandarin, but they seem simply not oriented towards non-Chinese speakers. If you can explain that you only eat vegan, no meat, no fish, no egg, no dairy, be prepared for lengthy explanations in Chinese (of which you will not understand much) and possibly leave with an empty stomach.

The English menu does not help much more than in identifying the dishes that obviously do have meat in them (many), but the 3-word-descriptions of the dishes does not say much about the suitability for vegans.

* Update * They do not seem to have the English menu anymore, so now - unless you can read Chinese signs - the only option that you have is to compare the pictures on the menu with the pictures posted here on Happycow. So, it has become even more of a challenge to get vegan food there.

Easy to find, and possibly a good choice if you speak decent Mandarin

Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 03, 2014

Pros: easy to find, many vegetarian, some vegan options, food ok

Cons: Communication in English near impossible, prices not exactly cheap

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Oat Noodle Restaurant - Edit

Xibei Youdian Cun (Oat Noodle Village) is home to oat noodles! The food is excellent and reasonably priced for this location/ venue (near People's Square). This is a good choice for one with gluten intolerance due the oat noodle selections available. As this is a chain with many locations in Shanghai, one can easily find a location near where you are staying. (The Chinese name is: 西贝莜面村)

Pros: oat noodle specialty, picture menu for non-Chinese speakers , reasonably priced (but not cheap!)

Cons: difficulty communicating in English

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Xibei style chain with good vegan options - Edit

Xibei Restaurant is a chain serving Xibei specialities with locations all over Shanghai and other cities in China and a good option for vegans in Shanghai.

Lots of non-oily vegan options are available, such as home-made tofu, freshly steamed vegetables, dumplings, bread etc.

No english is spoken, but the menu has pictures as well descriptions in english.

Expect 70-80RMB per person for a group dinner.

Pros: Good, non oily vegan options, Friendly staff, nice interior, Original dishes

Cons: Meat heavy restaurant, MSG used for some dishes, No english spoken

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