Saturday, 17 March 2012
Chinatown in New York City is one of the busiest, crowded, and interesting places to be. Whether someone is a tourist, a visitor, or just someone who lives in New York City - passes by Chinatown a lot. One of the most important reasons for why Chinatown is always filled with people is cause of the exotic and wide variety of food that it offers.
Chinatown has a lot of food to offer in different cuisines from Cantonese to Shanghainese to Japanese to Vietnamese and much more. I compiled a list of places I love to eat in Chinatown along with the dish that I love the most.
So... if you ever find yourself wandering aimlessly in Chinatown and in search of some food, maybe you'll remember my post.
1. Big Wong (67 Mott Street New York, NY 10013). Big Wong is the restaurant to be at if you're looking for an inexpensive meal. Big Wong has been around for a long time even before I was born and they are most famous for their roasted meats. I've been here a few times and I've learned from many diners here that the best food comes from the front of the restaurant, not the back and boy... they're right!
One of their dishes that I love and just have to have when I come here is Three Precious Rice. You have a choice of either duck, chicken, roast pork, or a fried egg.
In the end, you can only pick three and I always have to have a fried egg. The chefs also give you a generous portion of the ginger and scallion sauce for the chicken. The best part is this dish only costs around $4.75.
2. Xe Lua (86 Mulberry St New York, NY 10013). This is a Vietnamese restaurant that my boyfriend and I love coming to because the food is consistent and the staff are super friendly. We come here especially during wintry, cold days when we're both up for a noodle soup or just noodles in general.
As you can tell, I'm a huge noodle fan. This is Bun Thit Heo Nuong (bbq pork & shredded lettuce, served with rice vermicelli). The size and texture of the noodles are different from the usual Vietnamese restaurant I normally get Bun from. I always love eating rice vermicelli at Vietnamese restaurants. This bowl of rice vermicelli and other goodies cost $7.00.
3. Pongsri (106 Bayard St New York, NY 10013). There's only two Thai restaurants in Chinatown as far as I know. I've passed by Pongsri gazillion of times, but never tried it until last year and I instantly fell in love with it. Pongsri is one of my favorite Thai restaurants and they make some insanely good Pad Thai.
This is their chicken Pad Thai that I had during my last visit. This dish was definitely appealing because many customers were walking in and were just blown away by the colors and portion of the dish.
Their Pad Thai is top-notch because it's sweet, tangy, has the bean sprouts, and so much more. This is definitely worth $7.95 and will fill you up!
4. Kung Fu Tea (73 Chrystie St/234 Canal S). Okay so Kung Fu Tea isn't a place where you can get food, but hey I think it's important to know where's a good place for bubble tea in Chinatown, don't you?
Their drinks are certainly impeccable, especially the original Kung Fu Milk Tea. The drinks are a little bit pricey than Tenren's, but the quality is just so much better.
5. Chinatown Sweet Mini Cakes Cart. There are usually two sweet mini cakes cart in Chinatown and that's one on Canal Street and one on Grand Street. How can anyone walk by these carts and not want those hot cakes?
They're inexpensive and made fresh. I grew up eating these. It's been a long time since I had them and now I'm craving for some. I can never get tired of these cakes.
What are your favorite places to eat in Chinatown, NYC?