Manhattan – East Village
81 St. Mark’s Place
New York, NY 10003
Manhattan – Chinatown
88 East Broadway #106
New York, NY 10002
Flushing – Main Street
41-28 Main Street Bsmt #36
Flushing – Main Street
41-28 Main Street Bsmt #36
Flushing, NY 11354
My friend Katie and her husband will be moving to Beijing in about 6 months (yeah, totally jealous) and arranged a lunch meeting at Xian Famous Foods in the East Village. It’s a great place to sample some really authentic Chinese dishes and we had a chance to have some fun practicing a little Mandarin too! If you haven’t ever been to XiAn, 2 things you should note: 1) although the menu can be quite intimidating (check out the wall sized picture menu outside the restaurant), you can’t go wrong as everything is really really good, and 2) there’s no seating at the Chinatown location and only a few chairs and tables in the East Village location.
On point #2, it actually worked out and we were able to squat out 75% of the restaurant over the course of our meal for all our friends. My favorites are the B2 Savory Cumin Lamb Burger served in a thick hearty bread roll (or D1 over noodles) D4 Stewed Pork Hand Pulled Noodles. Having lived in China for a few years, I would say the dishes here at Xian Famous Foods are pretty much the closest you’ll get to street food in China. The prices are also quite reasonable. If you are vegetarian, there are actually a few dishes that qualify such as D5 Mt Qi Vegetables Hand Pulled Noodles (also available as a soup D5-S), and D8 ( Hot Oil Seared Vegetables over Noodles). Although XiAn Famous Foods can be kind of a hipster scene at times, definitely check it out!!
Ok I love dumplings. I’ve blogged about various places to eat dumplings (jiaozi) in China as well as here in NY, and of course recipes on how to make homemade dumplings. Who doesn’t like dumplings? Well, if you are in NY on Sat Sept 25th, be sure to check out the 2nd annual NYC Dumpling festival presented by Tang’s Natural Dumlings.
What: 2nd Annual Dumpling Festival and 7th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest.
Where:Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City (next to the E Houston Whole Food Market) On Houston between Forsyth and Chrystie
When:Saturday, September 25th, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
“Our first-of-its-kind event last year, celebrating dumplings from around the world, was so successful, we decided to make this into an annual event,” said Terry Tang, CEO of Tang’s Natural. “Attendees will be able to taste and experience dumplings from around the world. We will feature international dumpling selections, such as the Italian ravioli, Korean mandoo, and Polish pierogis.
The 7th annual dumpling eating contest will take place for its 7th year and don’t worry – this isn’t an excuse to exercise American excess. The proceeds of the events will benefit the NY City Food bank. Last year alone, TMI Food Group donated over $50,000 and provided more than 170,000 meals for needy New Yorkers.
Admission to the family-friendly event is free but you will need to purchase a ticket ($20 for four tastings) to sample the dumplings at the Festival.
Judges for this year’s contest include James Beard Foundation Vice President Mitchell Davis, Food Bank For New York City Business Partnerships Director Tricia Rumola, Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Elly Truesdell, and Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn Publisher Stephen Munshin.
Competitive eaters Olga Zaitseva and “Gentleman” Joe Menchetti, last year’s winners eating 40 and 53 dumplings in two minutes, respectively, are expected to return to defend their titles.
Just in case you think you are up for the challenge, the deadline for registration is September 17th, 2010. For more information, please visit www.dumplingfestival.com.
See you there!!!! (Can’t make it? You can get Tang’s Dumplings at Whole Foods).
About Tang’s Natural
Tang’s Natural is a division of the TMI Food Group, founded in 1989, to manufacture a wide variety of noodles, wrappers, and appetizers including Dumplings, Sui Mei, Egg Rolls, and Spring Rolls. Tang’s Natural products are healthy without compromising great taste. Our products are made with the finest all-natural ingredients –minimally processed, no artificial additives. We proudly use Bell & Evans natural chicken for our dim sum. With Tang’s Natural, it’s a smarter way to eat healthy.
About the Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank for New York City recognizes 27 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts –food distribution, income support and nutrition education – all strategically guided by its research. Learn how you can help at www.foodbanknyc.org.]]>
NY Times The Minimalist: Hainan Chicken Sept 12th, 2008
Hainan Chicken was featured in this week’s NY Times Food Section. Is it me or does this photo look more like one of Chicken Salad than Hainan Chicken – or maybe they just do it differently in LA? To give credit, the author admits he doesn’t know much about Hainan and that there are many ways to make this dish, which is true. However he also wasn’t able to name any places in New York to get Hainan Chicken.
Personally, I love the Hainan Chicken at the Malaysian restaurant NyoNya as Hainan Chicken is one of their signature dishes and it’s probably as close to the real thing outside of China. At NyoNya, they steam the Hainan Chicken with a soy sauce (and slightly garlicky) marinade. The chicken is served whole (not shredded) in a deep dish of sauces made up of the rich fatty flavors from the chicken skin and bones. To eat, you first ladle a spoonful of the sauce over the chicken, and then dip it in the spicy chili. To take the intensity of the flavor to a higher level, order a bowl of rice cooked in chicken sauce (you have a choice of chicken flavored, coconut and regular rice).
To be fair, I haven’t tried the shredded variety featured in the NY Times article. It looks great and since it’s skinless it’s probably more a bit more healthy in many regards. Either way, judge for yourself at NyoNya. I know you won’t be disappointed.
NyoNya is located at 194 Grand Street (at Mott) in Chinatown NY
212 334 3669
79 Chrystie (At Grand St)
Chinatown New York NY
For those recession minded individuals or people who just want an honestly good meal for next to nothing, look no further than Wah Fung down in the lower east side / Chinatown. They have the 3 meats over rice special for just $3.75. Fuck yes! I found myself starving a few weeks ago and got the 2 meat special for just $3.25 . The meat selections are Roast Duck, Soy Sauce Chicken, and Roast Pork.The roast pork (cha xiu) is incredible and worth it on its own. Get it with the chicken or duck and you are all set. They guy even drizzles the greasy meat sauce over the meat and rice for you to give it an extra caloric flavor. This place also serves some cheap noodle dishes on a steam cart, but honestly stay away from that. The lady who serves those items is not nice nor is the food. I sat and ate my food on the makeshift table/chair combination in the back and over the course of the time I was there, not one person ordered from her. It’s all about the greasy meat over the rice. Wah Fung is also conveniently located outside of one of those Chinatown bus lines so you’ll see an interesting mix of clientele. Nevertheless, the food turns over fast and it’s very fresh (and cheap). Check it out!]]>
Green Bo Restaurant
66 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
212 625 2359
I went out with some co-workers a few weekends ago for ShangHainese Food in New York’s Chinatown. Personally I have to say that it’s always hard to go to Chinatown after returning from China because you’re pretty much always let down. It’s just not as good. Once, after returning from Hong Kong, I could not venture out to have any congee for a whole month. It was a little different this time however because although I was just in ShangHai a few weeks ago, while I was there I was shockingly unsuccessful at locating any street vendors selling xiao long bao. Sure there were fast food places, but that’s crap. We walked 45 mins in the miserable rain and couldn’t locate any Xiao Long Bao vendors and then had to take a plane back to Beijing. I know…it was the worst food karma luck I’ve ever had. We had to settle for some large steamed baozi instead. Therefore as you can see, it was easy for me to try the Xiao Long Bao at Green Bo in NY since I really didn’t have anything to compare it to. And to add, the xiao long bao here are also less expensive than those at Shang Hai Cafe on Mott and Green Bo restaurant is much less crowded and touristy than Joe’s Shanghai .
Besides the Xiao Long Bao, we were also set up with some additional authentic and popular ShangHainese dishes thanks in part to my ShangHaiNese coworker Pavan. On the menu that morning was one of my favorite, Kao Fu 上海考夫 (see photo above), a dish made with braised gluten served in a sweet honey sauce and peanuts. I’ve never tried to make it but just found a recipe here – looks pretty basic. We also tried Bai Jiu Chicken which is made with a Chinese grain alcohol (think Everclear). Not too strong of a taste but the alcohol still packs a nice punch.
Overall I had a great time at Green Bo. The food is good and it’s not as touristy as the photos outside on the window will indicate. (Apparently this Green Bo restaurant in NY Chinatown, and this is so typical of Chinese businesses, has the same name as a very famous restaurant in ShangHai but of course does not have any official affiliation!). Nevertheless, check it out and enjoy!]]>