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Jamie Barys

Jamie Barys

Jamie, one half of CBs Shanghai team, has been a resident of China since 2007. A native of Tennessee, Jamie believes that the best way to get to know a culture is to eat your way through it. Whether shes exploring Shanghais hidden hole-in-the-wall restaurants or sneaking back into kitchens to snag behind-the-scenes recipes, shes always hungry for more. Never one to keep a good thing to herself, Jamie can be found leading culinary tours to delicious best-kept secrets with UnTour Shanghai, the citys top-ranked food tour provider, and writing about her tasty finds for Glutton Guide, a guidebook series designed by foodies for foodies.

Recent stories by Jamie Barys

March 11, 2022

Nanjing Soup Dumpling: The Triumph of Tangbao

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Shanghai -- Any Shanghai denizen who has lived in the city for longer than a few months worships at the altar of xiǎolóngbāo (小笼包). These steamed buns of goodness – tiny pork dumplings with a slurp of soup wrapped up in a wonton wrapper – provide delicious fodder for debates among Shanghai’s fiercest foodies. Read more
January 28, 2022

Enter the Tiger: Eat Your Way to an Abundant New Year

Shanghai |
Shanghai -- Almost every Chinese holiday comes paired with a festive dish. At Tomb-Sweeping Festival, there are bright green qingtuan (glutinous rice dumplings) to celebrate the arrival of spring. During Dragon Boat festival, we have zongzi, stuffed sticky rice steamed in bamboo leaves, to commemorate the poet Qu Yuan. And during Mid-Autumn Festival, we chow down on mooncakes as we gaze at the full moon. Read more
December 15, 2021

Best Bites 2021: Shanghai

Shanghai |
Shanghai -- For the first time in 14 years, I have not left China for an entire calendar year – actually 620 days, but who’s counting? It’s a weird feeling, and one that makes me more than a little sad, so I’ve been trying to make up for it by eating delicious food as often as possible. Read more
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