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Fuleen Seafood Restaurant

Recently I shepherded a group of 7 amigos to the Fuleen Seafood Restaurant ... Classic Cantonese cuisine with nice service and a very good value. Another great place to bring a group of hungry amigos for a delicious Cantonese dinner in Chinatown. The dishes I ordered ... perriwinkles in black-bean sauce, flour-coated fried oysters, prawns with walnuts, garlic-scented sauteed chicken, garlic sauteed pea-shoots, fermented bean-curd sauteed water spinach, chow-mein with prawns. Fresh cut Florida oranges for desert. The total bill was $125.00. We were allowed to bring our own red wine ... come soon for a very frugal Manhattan-Yankee dinner in Chinatown ...

Fuleen Seafood Restaurant, 11 Division Street, New York, 212-941-6888 [MenuPages | NYT | NY Mag | Yelp | Citysearch]

Posted November 12, 2008 06:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Best deal for hard economic times

After casting my vote at Hunter College with a minimal wait ... the TV media was very sensational about long lines ... I went to Chinatown and ate at my local hawker stall on south-east corner of Canal & Mott Streets .... three deep-fried vegetable spring rolls for $1.00 and fried vegetable chow-mein for $1.25 ... I walked to the Hong Kong supermarket on Hester Street and bought a can of cool coconut juice for $0.89 ... the best deal for this hard economic times ... cheaper then the cost of the tip at a 4-star fancy up-town restaurant ...

Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester Street., New York [Yelp]

Posted November 7, 2008 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Notes to a Friend , Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

King's Seafood Restaurant

Another great discovery for Fine Cantonese cuisine in Chinatown ... King's Seafood .... a very fine replacement for the defunct Nice restaurant ... the menu comprising: Beijing duck, jumbo prawns with walnuts and broccoli in a mayo sauce, Hong-Kong style T-bone steak (medium rare), half-chicken in garlic sauce, salt-and-pepper pork chops, the whole flounder done two-ways, chicken chow-mein, beef chow-fun, saute "dao-miu" with garlic ... duck meat with green chives .... a very sumptuous dinner for everybody to enjoy ... for less then $30 a person...bring your own wine or champagne ...

I also went there to try their dim-sum lunch .... very, very good food and service but 2.5 times more expansive then Chatham ....

King's Seafood, 39 East Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, 212-233-3359 [Yelp]

Posted July 19, 2008 12:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese , Dim Sum   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best Shanghai's "soupy pork dumplings"

For the best Shanghai's "soupy pork dumplings" ...

in Manhattan, please go to the Grand Sichuan, 24th Street & 9th Avenue at Chelsea. Very well prepared fresh whole fish in a delicate sauce for $18.95. Beef tripe and tongue in a very hot red-sauce. Garlicky cool cucumber slices. Silky soft bean curd ma-po to-fu is very hot and spicey for $8.95. I love the string-beans for vegetables. The service is very polite and efficient. Can get very crowded at the prime dinner time. 229 9th Avenue, 212-620-5200 [openlist | Yelp]

For the very best in Flushing, please go to Joe's Shanghai .... including soy-sauce braised pork shoulder, crispy fried wheat noodles, Shanghai bok-choy and prawns. Very crowded and busy at dinner time. 13621 37th Avenue, Flushing, 718-539-3838 [openlist | Yelp]

Posted July 20, 2007 07:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese , Flushing , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

$6 dinner ... includes dessert ... at Sanur

Last Sunday, I ate a very delicious Nyonya plate of rice with a choice of 3 dishes and a styro-foamed cup of clear soup ... for $3 ... a real taste of Penang island on the island of Manhattan ... also, 2 curry-puffs and 2 Nyonya Kuehs (coconut cakes) for $3 to go ... a perfect solution when I eat alone in this big City ...

Sanur Restaurant, 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088 [AGINY | TCEDG | MenuPages | Citysearch | Yelp]

Posted July 13, 2007 09:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Malaysian , Notes to a Friend , The Best , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Chinese barber shop & Eldridge Street

Chinese barber shop shop on Eldridge and Hester Streets ... hair-cut for $5 ... shampoo and head massage $2 ... shave $1 ... tip $2 ... a grand total of $10!!! Cut, shampooed and shaved by a lovely Chinese lady. I was so happy. Can't wait to return for another treat ...

p/s: the barber shop is located next door to a Chinese sausage factory ... Eldridge Street is a great street for everything Chinese ... and inexpensive ... a world away from the tourist traps on Mott and Canal Streets ...

Posted March 22, 2007 01:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Beijing duck ... Erin-go-brah

Dear EL: Yes, definitely the NICE Restaurant in Chinatown for Beijing duck ... $36 for two courses ... get the 2nd stir-fried with the duck meat and green snow peas or Chinese celery ... a bottle of Cote du Rhone will do very nice or a 12 year old Irish whiskey "Old Bushmill" ... great appetite ...

other highly recommended dishes are the boneless squab served with green lettuce ... Beijing pork chops ... beef with scallions ... salt & pepper squid ... prawns with Chinese kai-lan (broccoli) ... bring along an ice-cream cake ... to clean the palate ... Erin-go-brah

Posted March 16, 2007 08:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Happy Chinese New Year - Gung Hay Fat Choy!

The Chinese Year of the Pig / Boar starts February 18, 2007, and will be kicked off at 11 am with the Firecracker Ceremony at Chatham Square. The Lunar New Year Fireworks Spectacular, presented by the Chinatown Partnership, will start at 7:00 pm in Columbus Park in Chinatown (Mulberry Street between Worth and Bayard Streets).

Photo courtesy of Explore Chinatown

The 8th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, presented by the Better Chinatown Society, will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2007, starting at 1:00 pm. It will run from Mott and Hester Sreets, down Mott Street to East Broadway, then travel along Allen and Grand Street, and finish at Chrystie and Canal Streets. (pdf map here) Calendar here.


Posted February 17, 2007 11:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Dao-miu and Chinese barbers

Last Tuesday afternoon, I was in Chinatown to visit my dentist for a "deep cleaning" procedure. While there, I purchased from the vegetable vendor on East Broadway and Catherine Street a pound of "dao-miu" (a leafy green vegetable) for home cooking for $2.50 ... I made a delcious risotto with jasmine brown rice and left-over Cantonese roast duck. A pound of "dao-miu" can make four portions of vegetable serving. A very good tasty and economic means to enjoy good food.

Also made a new discovery walking north on Eldridge Street - a brand new Chinatown of barber shops where you can get a hair-cut for $5-$6 ... a pastry shop for egg tarts, almond cookies, spoonge cakes, coffee and tea for $0.50 each ... numerous fresh noodle eateries from the province of Fukien ... very good Beijing fried dumplings, fried sesame bread, hot-sour soup, boiled pork-chive dumplings, etc. eatery. (Eldridge Street runs between Canal and Division Streets in Lower Manhattan. Eldridge is a one-way street that runs north. It is three blocks east of Bowery and one block west of Allen Street (First Avenue below Houston Street)

Also see The Eldridge Street Project

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Posted January 27, 2007 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Black-skinned chickens

Deprived of their striking outerwear, though, Silkies are far less appealing. They have bluish-gray skin, pitch-black bones and dark beige flesh (they’re sometimes called black-skinned chickens). They’re a scrawny pound or two, plucked, and are usually sold with the head and feet attached (with five toes, not the usual four).

Yet Asian cooks love them for their deep, gamy flavor, even in the breast meat. And with the nation’s Asian population growing, sales have soared.

"Now, a Chicken in Black," by Elaine Louie, The New Your Times, January 17, 2007

One can enjoy black-skinned chicken at J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant, Catherine & Henry Streets in Chinatown, NY ... for a very good price ...

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant, 23 Catherine Street, between Henry and East Broadway, 212-571-2440 [MenuPages | Citysearch]

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Posted January 22, 2007 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese , Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Delicious roast duck dinner for 2 for less than $20

Writing about my roast duck dinner made me hungry ... I rode the subway to Chinatown and walked to the AAA Meat Market, 288 Grand Street, for the $8 whole Cantonese roast duck ... I had to wait awhile because they were sold out ... no problem, I went next door to a Chinese coffee shop for a cup and pastry, $1.30 ...

Next, I went to the grocery store and bought a 5 lb. bag of Thai brown jasmine rice for $3.50. At 70 cents a pound, not a bad deal ... next, to the vegetable market for a pound of $1.20 bok choy ... and then bought the duck!!!!

Rode the bus home and made a delicious dinner.

Before I forget, I stopped at the Deluxe Food Market, 79 Elizabeth Street, for a pound of ready-made transparent noodles and vegetables, @ $2.99. I could only polish off half the duck, with some cooked brown rice and the vegetables. To-morrow, I will finish the rest of my purchase.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted November 21, 2006 06:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Sweet Spring Restaurant

Recently discovered the Sweet Spring Restaurant ... very Chinese, fresh-off-the-boat cuisine ... pure Fuzhou, not yet diluted by the New World ... very inexpensive, and NO tipping ... several varities of steamed dumplings are 5 for $1 ... 25A Catherine Street, 7:30 am - 10 pm, 212-766-1777 ... [Yelp | Judy's Book]

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Posted August 7, 2006 09:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Chatham restaurant - New Big Wang

Last Saturday, we had 9 for lunch at Chatham restaurant ... Liz & Roger with their 3 children: Max, Becky, and Julia ... Max brought along three college friends: a Mongolian-Chinese, a Korean and a Filipino ... We ate very well and the cost was $63, plus a $10 tip ... less then $10 per person ... I missed Julia's bat-mitzvah last month and this was my make-up party for her ...

My favorite place for a single person snack-meal in Chinatown is now the New Big Wang ... a bowl of delicious "swei-kow tong" (dumplings of ground pork and chives) for $3.00 ... a plate of roast pig or duck for $5 ... yummy ... 1 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-3686 [previous post on AGINY]

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Posted July 24, 2006 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Joe's Shanghai - Chatham - Amy Ruth's - Nice

Last Sunday, my old friend Mietta Buitoni arrived from Italy ... we ate at Joe's Shanghai in Flushing for delicious soupy pork and crab dumplings, clams with ginger and scallions, and "oon choy" green vegetables ... $45 for 3 persons ... 13621 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 718-539-3838 [previous post on AGINY | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Yelp]

Monday morning, we rode the M1 bus downtown to Canal Street and enjoyed dim-sum at Chatham ... $13 for two ... 9 Chatham Square, 212-267-0220 [previous post on AGINY]

Tuesday morning, we rode the bus to Harlem for waffles at Amy Ruth's for $20 ...113 West 116th Street, between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 212-280-8779 [NYC nosh | MenuPages | NY Mag | Citysearch | openlist | Savory NY | Yelp]

Tuesday evening, we ate at the Nice (with a compliementary wedding show) for $90 for 4 ... 35 East Broadway, 212-406-9510 [previous post on AGINY | NYT | Citysearch]

All excellent and all good value ...


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Posted July 20, 2006 06:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Harlem   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

The Gaijin Girl's Guide to Chinatown

The Gaijin Girl's Guide to Chinatown is in the process of putting her Guide into blog format ... we are looking forward to using TGGGC in this new easy-to-link-to format ... and she's keeping the html version available too ...

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Posted July 18, 2006 11:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

New Big Wang - New South Wind

I was in Chinatown on Sunday morning to pay a visit to the dentist for some work -- very affordable from good dentists ... before visiting the dentist, I went to enjoy a bowl of delicious won-ton noodle soup and a plate of shrimps in a rice blanket at the New Big Wang ... I plan to return on Wednesday for lunch with Roger for their advertised plate of 4 soft-shell crabs for $12.50 ... cheaper then buying them fresh at the market ... 1 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-3686

After the dentist, I went to Chatham to buy $5 worth of dim sum for dinner at home. I walked along East Broadway and saw the Iran-Mexico football game on digital at a TV store ...

I discovered a brand new restaurant called Ming at East Broadway, packed with customers ... 75 East Broadway, 212-732-8886

Later I went to my old haunt, the New South Wind, for delicious to-fu stuffed with minced pork and coffee ... this is a very old Chinese immigrant cafe with plenty of inexpensive but delicious food ... not Disneyland ... 21 Division Street, 212-966-4116 [MenuPages | Yelp | Citysearch]

Posted June 19, 2006 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Shanghai Cafe - soup dumplings / xiao long bao

Shanghai Cafe - excellent xiao long bao (soup dumplings)

Shanghai Cafe - 100 Mott Street
Shanghai Cafe - 100 Mott Street

the xiao long bao (soup dumplings: on the menu as Steamed tiny buns with pork) are excellent
the xiao long bao (soup dumplings: on the menu as "Steamed tiny buns with pork") are excellent ...

braised noodles Shanghai style
the braised noodles Shanghai style are very good ... so good that we started eating them before we took a picture ...

the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are excellent
the xiao long bao are so good we ordered more ... and don't forget to eat the cabbage leaves ...

(see our post on how to eat a soup dumpling)

(previous review: Robert Sietsema (TWIR, August 26, 2005))

100 Mott Street, between Canal and Hester Streets, 212-966-3988 [MenuPages | Add Your Own Column | Citysearch]


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Posted February 15, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant - Chinese

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown ...

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... shrimp dumpling noodle soup - perfect on a cold winter day
J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... shrimp dumpling noodle soup - perfect on a cold winter day

previous post: Delicious Whole Fish - J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant

23 Catherine Street, between Henry and East Broadway, 212-571-2440 [MenuPages | Citysearch]

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Posted February 7, 2006 06:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Chinatown dim sum - "Chinese tapas"

Yum cha means "drink tea" in Cantonese, and typically tea is served with the small snacks and dumplings known as dim sum. If you're heading to Chinatown for the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year, which starts today, here are some places to sample these popular delicacies.

"Chinatown: Sip Tea, Raise Chopsticks," by Kris Ensiminger, The New York Times, January 29, 2006

this article is simply a rehash from previous articles about dim-sum in Chinatown ... these articles stick to the same old familiar places ...

I do not fancy Ping's because they try to be too modern and slick ... so that they can charge you more money per person ... they include many dishes that are not dim-sum but regular dishes disguised as dim-sum plates ...

Dim Sum A Go-Go is good for anyone who cannot speak Cantonese and can order the food from a menu-list ... "dim-sum by the numbers" ... this is not the traditional manner to enjoy dim-sum ...

the whole idea of dim-sum is to sit and talk, eat a plate, talk more, wait for a fresh trolley of dim-sum, order another ... and so on ... as in a Spanish tapas cafe ... you do not order all at once and mouth them down as in Dim-Sum A Go-Go ...

Oriental Garden is good but too much money, as for the others too ...

I save the Nice for delicious Cantonese dinners ... which I did on the Lunar New Year with eight friends ... a 10 course banquet for $280.00 including the tip ... we brought French champagne, white and reds wines ... service cannot be any better ...

My favourite dim-sum restaurant is still the Chatham Restaurant ... very fresh dim-sum and $5 plates of noodles ... the old fashion way ... eat slowly, talk and enjoy the day ... moreover, the Chatham specialises in dim-sum while the restaurants mentioned cook dim-sum, lunch and dinners ... see "Best dim-sum in Chinatown" ...

Dim Sum Go Go, 5 East Broadway, 212-732-0797 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot]

Jing Fong, 20 Elizabeth Street, 212-964-5256 [NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

Nice, see our post "Nice Restaurant - Chinatown," 35 East Broadway, 212-406-9510 [NYT | Citysearch]

Ping's Seafood, 22 Mott Street, 212-602-9988 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

Oriental Garden, 14 Elizabeth Street, 212-619-0085 [NYT | openlist]

Sweet 'N' Tart Restaurant, 20 Mott Street, 212-964-0380 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

Triple Eight Palace, 88 East Broadway, 212-941-8886 [NYT | openlist | Gayot]

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Posted February 2, 2006 04:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"In Chinatowns, All Sojourners Can Feel Hua"

There is no consistent name for "Chinatown" in Chinese. Newspapers use one name, popular speech uses others. At the Canal Street subway station on Broadway the chosen translation is delicately pixeled together from colorful tiles: "huabu." Hua means "Chinese," but with a sense that transcends geography, independent of the nation of China. Bu means "place" or "town."
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New York's Chinatown predates the Communist government, and even the one before that. When Chinese first settled in the crooked intersection of Doyers, Pell and Mott Streets, an emperor still ruled.
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Chinatown exudes density. It not only rivals Times Square as the most crowded pedestrian area in the city, but also is one of the most visually cluttered, greeting you with a jumble of fire escapes, colorful store signs and streams of tattered flags. Like many crowded Asian cities, Chinatown has mastered the art of the vertical, inspired by languages that can be written up and down, not just side to side.
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New York now has three Chinatowns — one each for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, though only the original can claim the name. In 1946, a small group of United Nations delegation members from the Nationalist Chinese government settled in Flushing, in what was then a largely white middle-class community. Since the 1980's, the neighborhood has flourished as the Chinatown for Mandarin speakers from Taiwan, Shanghai and northern China. More recently, Manhattan's working-class Chinese population has been squeezed down the N subway line, emerging on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and in other satellite clusters farther out.
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Today Chinatown is large enough to have two main arteries: Canal Street, the tourist-friendly thoroughfare that is still predominantly Cantonese, and East Broadway, which has become Main Street for Fujianese immigrants.
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Flushing has many more Chinese bookstores and more men in suits.
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Where Chinatown is shrouded in history, Flushing is bright and contemporary. The broad, flat cityscape of Queens is spiced up with the shiny metal-and-mirror aesthetic popular in industrial East Asia. "In Chinatown, everything is right in front of you," Charlene said, putting her hand right in front of her face. "In Flushing, you can breathe."

The street food is more northern and western Chinese.
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We trudged to Minni's Shabu Shabu, a hotpot restaurant off Main Street that is one of my mother's favorites for family occasions.

"In Chinatowns, All Sojourners Can Feel Hua," by Jennifer 8. Lee, The New York Times, January 27, 2006


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Posted January 28, 2006 10:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

New Big Wang Restaurant - Chinese

A new discovery in Fine Cantonese cuisine ... the New Big Wang Restaurant ... no need to order from the menu, simply speak to the head waiter, a very pleasant middle-age man, always smiling (who resembles General Eisenhower) ... ask him to create a menu of the fresh sea-food (Dungerness crabs, lobsters, fresh water sweet shrimps, fish, razor clams), tofu, mushrooms and green vegetables ... the e-fu noodles and roast duck are very good ... BYOW or champagne ...

The breakfast menu is also very good ... with congee, fresh lo-mein, wontons, fried Chinese dough-donuts, BBQ spare-ribs, soy-sauce chicken, squid, and braised tripe or beef ...

... 1 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-3686

P/S: we are going there this Saturday to celebrate the New Year ... with a huge party of 40 adults and children!

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Posted January 19, 2006 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best Hot-Pot in Manhattan is at Grand Sichuan

The best hot-pot in Manhattan is at Grand Sichuan ... with a wonderful view of the Manhattan Bridge and points south ... sit by the window and order the hot pot ... be prepared for the very hot Sichuan peppers ... go with at least 4 people to enjoy the meal ... French champagne will be a good foil for the Sichuan heat ... since this is the holiday season ... drink and be merry ... 125 Canal Street, at Chrystie Street, 212-625-9212 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Citysearch]

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Posted December 20, 2005 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Nice Restaurant - Chinatown

The Beijing Duck at the Nice Restaurant, rated in Michelin New York 2006!

Beijing Duck at the Nice Restaurant

Baby roast suckling pig, jelly fish and sliced cold beef on a platter ... the house soup with chicken feet and pig belly ...

Baby roast suckling pig at the Nice Restaurant

Also try the crispy pan-fried whole flounder ...

We had a dinner for eight with friends from Aquebogue ... Joyce writes:

Our appetizers of Spring Roll and Barbecued Beef were delicious. The entrees were outstanding - especially the crispy green beans which were fresh tasting and deliciously seasoned with minced pork. The Peking Duck was tasty and succulent. In addition to the great food, the service was excellent. Our waiter was helpful, personable and had a great sense of humor. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a totally enjoyable dining experience.

35 East Broadway, 212-406-9510 [NYT | Citysearch]

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Posted November 21, 2005 12:58 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best value for Beijing "hot-and-sour" soup - Fried Dumpling

the best value for Beijing "hot-and-sour" soup ... I vote for the Fried Dumpling at Allen Street ... $1.50 for a full plastic container ... also, their fried sesame bread and fried spring rolls, 50 cents each ... one can never go hungry in the Big Apple ... lunch or dinner for under $5.00! ...

Fried Dumpling, 99 Allen Street, between Delancey and Broome Streets, 212-941-9975 [Citysearch]

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Posted October 19, 2005 11:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Malaysian food - Sanur

Sanur Restaurant, 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088 ... best roti canai in NYC ... chicken rice ... curry noodles ... ice kachang (ABC) ... curry puffs ... lunch for two big eaters total was $12.80 ... excellent authentic Malaysian food ... we did not try the Kuih, but it looked good ...

Our previous post on Sanur ...

eGullet postings on Malaysian food, with pics

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Posted September 29, 2005 06:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Malaysian , Restaurants , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

A good produce store at East Broadway and Catherine

at East Broadway and Catherine Street, the corner store on the northeast corner has very fresh green vegetables, fresh sea food, fresh fruits and a small grocery market ... run by Fujian people ... the location is perfect for eating at the Chatham, Goodies, Family Noodle Town, or the Nice restaurant ... and buying groceries on the way home ...

See our previous article best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables

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Posted August 4, 2005 07:04 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best dim-sum update

When eating dim sim at the Chatham Restaurant some prefer to go to "Dim-Sum-A-Go-Go" ... where you place the order on a piece of paper and the trays are delivered to you ... that is only good for customers who do not speak Cantonese and want to pay three times more ... as we advised in our previous post

... keep an eye out for the fresh dishes carting out from the kitchen ... pick your choice and enjoy ...

you can do this even if you don't speak Cantonese ...

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Posted July 30, 2005 03:23 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Restaurants , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Another good block for produce in Chinatown

is the block on Mott Street, between Grand and Hester Streets ... located in Little Italy ... which has been absorbed into Chinatown .... very convenient when you are in that area ... run by Cantonese people ...

See our previous article: best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables

Posted July 30, 2005 07:10 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , Little Italy   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

How to make a Chinatown green salad

Chinatown green salad

Buy two bunches of watercress for $1 ... a pound of French shallots for $1 ... two bunches of cilantro for $1 ... Watercress and Cilantro salad in a wooden salad mixing punch-bowl ... half a cup of extra virgin oil, three table spoons of Dijon mustard, two table spoons of red wine vineger, a pinch of sea salt, mixed all into the punch-bowl ... wash a bunch of watercress thoroughly, drain and dry, chop into bite size and deposit into the punch-bowl ... wash the bunch of cilantro and chop off the roots and stems, drain and dry, toss into punch bowl ... that is the basic salad ... add tomatoes, steamed red beets, sliced carrots, pecan or walnut nuts, tofu ... inexpensive and so good ... with a bottle of chilled Rioja rose and enjoy

See previous article best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables

Posted July 28, 2005 06:13 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese , Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings - Joe's Shanghai

Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings are a Shanghainese delicacy ... so one must patronise Shanghainese restaurants ... such as Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street (9 Pell Street) ... and Joe's Ginger at 113 Mott Street ... go and compare them both ...

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Posted July 27, 2005 07:16 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese , Restaurants   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables

The best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables is on Mott Street between Hester and Grand Streets ... the vegetable seller will call out his produce in sing-song Cantonese ... for good value, buy after 7pm when the produce will go on sale for $1 per package ...

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Posted July 26, 2005 07:01 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , The Best , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (1)

Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings - Green Bo

Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings are a Shanghainese delicacy ... so one must patronise Shanghainese restaurants ... such as New Green Bo on Bayard Street, which is also famous for the scallion pancakes ... 66 Bayard St. (between Mott and Elizabeth St), 212-625-2359

To eat soupy dumplings - xiao long bao - ... carefully (you don't want to tear the skin just yet) lift one out of the steamer basket/off the plate with chopsticks and put it in a soup spoon ... pour a little vinegar (should be on the table) over the dumpling ... carefully bite off the top of the dumpling ... put a little more vinegar into the now open dumpling ... then slurp and eat the rest of the soup dumpling ... fantastic ... careful, soupy dumplings can be very hot when they first arrive at table ... and don't forget to eat the cabbage leaves ...

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Posted July 26, 2005 07:06 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Restaurants , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Great produce in Chinatown - fun to browse and haggle

I agree with Julie Powell ... the Union Square Farmers' Market is too expensive and elitist for my taste ... a great place for browsing ... and where I buy my produce is Chinatown ...

I confess that half an hour browsing in that utopia of produce [Manhattan's Union Square Farmers' Market] - or the new Whole Foods Market at the square's south end - often leaves me longing for the antiseptic but nonjudgmental aisles of low-end supermarkets like Key Food or Western Beef.

Don't get me wrong: I love a big, ugly tomato as much as the next girl. I buy my fair share of pencil-thin asparagus and micro-greens, and I'm sure if ever I were to stand in an orchard and taste a peach picked during one of its two days of succulent perfection, I would find it one of life's greatest joys.
Shopping is the province of the privileged; fine cooking is not. Indeed, great cuisine arose from privation. The techniques of smoking, drying, salting and roasting were all developed to preserve foods past the "perfect peach" stage, past the day the vegetable was harvested or the animal butchered, to save for a time of less bounty. Preserved foodstuffs led directly the development of culinary traditions, as people who wanted nothing more than to feed themselves well and with pleasure taught themselves how best to combine ingredients artfully, to create something more than the sum of its parts.

"Don't Get Fresh With Me!", by Julie Powell, Op--Ed in NYT, July 22, 2005

Posted July 23, 2005 11:06 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , Shopping , Street Vendors , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best dim-sum in Chinatown

Best dim-sum in Chinatown ... Chatham Restaurant (it used to be called Hop Shing), 9 Chatham Square, 212-267-0220 ... you can eat for under $10 per person ... keep an eye out for the fresh dishes carting out from the kitchen ... pick your choice and enjoy ... the chicken feet are outstanding ...

I have been going there since I came to New York, circa 1968 ... the patrons used to spit the chicken bones onto the floor ... simply amazing, times have changed ...

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AGINY good value and Highly Recommended


Posted July 19, 2005 10:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Restaurants , The Best , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Deluxe Food Market

For a great Chinatown food shopping experience, please visit the "Deluxe Food Market," 79 Elizabeth Street - store runs from Mott to Elizabeth

Freshly prepared hot meals to go ... 3 items over white rice for $2.75!!! BBQ roast duck, crackling skin roast pig, soy-sauce chicken, etc. ... baked pastries, coffee and tea ... fresh fish, lobsters and shrimps ... smoked salmon from Acme ... frozen soup dumplings, shrimp won-tons, pork buns, soy beans, unagi, surf clams ... fresh vegetables, meats and tofu ... marinaded meats and fishes for the home cook to save time and effort.

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AGINY Recommended

Posted July 15, 2005 08:53 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , Shopping   ·  Comments (0)