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New York City: October Chinatown Delights

on November 7, 2010

Chantham Square Restaurant @ 6 Chatham Sq

Hsin Yi, my new-found Malaysian friend came to NYC for a visit. We met up for dim sum with one of my friends – Wilson, who is a true Chinatown foodie guru. I found this new dim sum place on Yelp. When we got there around noontime on a late October weekend, the host sat us almost immediately. We ordered a variety of dim sum dishes, ranging from steamed shrimp/beef rolls, pork siu mai,  shrimp dumplings, pork tofu rolls, radish cakes to spareribs. Service was quick, a definite must visit.

Chatham Sq. Rest. Dim Sum

Chatham Sq. Rest. Dim Sum

Chatham Sq. Rest. Dim Sum

Chatham Sq. Rest. Dim Sum

Shanghai Cafe @ 100 Mott St (between Canal St & Hester St)

This small restaurant on Mott St. has been my favorite go to eatery for shanghainese food even before my move to nyc. Even though their service is a little slow, it’s expected of old chinatown restaurants. However, for the price and taste, it’s delicious cheap eats!

Shanghai Cafe - Crab Meat and Pork Soup Dumplings

Shanghai Cafe - Crab Meat and Pork Soup Dumplings

The soup dumplings are plump, juicy, and full of fresh hot soup, since they make it right out front. They offer 2 kinds of soup dumplings: crab and pork or just pork. This place gives you more in amount than the famous Joe’s Shanghai and its cheaper.

Shanghai Cafe -  Shredded Pork & Szechuan Cabbage Noodle Soup

Shanghai Cafe - Shredded Pork & Szechuan Cabbage Noodle Soup

The first time Charmin Bear T and I went to this eatery, I ordered the shredded pork & preserved vegetables noodle soup. In terms of service, we were very well taken care of. My second time at Shanghai Cafe, I ordered the Szechuan Cabbage version, after trying it from our friend Justin Yu. I absolutely love the crunchy Szechuan cabbage. The soup is savory and full of flavor, perfect on a cold winter day. The long shanghai noodles are cooked perfectly, probably the best part for me. So every time I go back, I always try to order a bowl of noodle soup, regardless of season.

Shanghai Cafe - Rice Cakes

Shanghai Cafe - Rice Cakes

Rice cakes, especially stirred fried with meats and veggies are one of my must order dishes here. They’re so addictive and soft! The shanghai stir fry style ones here are covered with a light brown gravy sauce and eggs.

Shanghai Cafe - Spicy Beef Tendon

Shanghai Cafe - Spicy Beef Tendon

The boyfriend wanted to order his favorite spicy beef tendons. This appetizer dish is served cold and goes great with a beer! As for taste, it’s tendon sliced very thin and not that chewy in texture and spicy. The cliantro compliments the texture and taste.

Nyonya @ 199 Grand St

Hsin, my boyfriend and his fellow Malaysian best buddy – Luey introduced us to a great restaurant serving authentic Malaysian food. Albeit good food, the service was mediocre to poor for us. The rest of the table got their noodle soups and I just sat there watching them eat as my rice dish, which was simple to prepare, came at least 20 minutes late. It was indeed disappointing, but still a delight in terms of food.

NYONYA - PRAWN MEE

NYONYA - PRAWN MEE

One of Nyonya’s more popular noodle dishes. This is made with egg noodles, shredded pork, shrimp, vegetable, bean sprouts in a spicy shrimp broth. Very delicious! A must try if you like spicy noodle soups. As for taste, Hsin commented that this soup resembles the authentic cheap eats version that one can find at the hawker stands around Malaysia.

NYONYA - ASAM LAKSA

NYONYA - ASAM LAKSA

Another staple noodle soup found on the streets stands of Malaysia is Asam Laksa – Nyonya noodles in a bowl of hot and sour fish broth. Arguably, the most popular in Penang. The broth’s distinctive flavors come from tamarind’s tartness (asam), polygonum leaves (Vietnamese mint), and chili shrimp paste (sambal belecan). This is a unique dish with an acquired taste, not for the typical American palette. The broth at Nyonya has notes of lemongrass and bits of anchovies.

NYONYA - NASI LEMAK

NYONYA - NASI LEMAK

Nasi Lemak is known as the national dish in Kuala Lumpur. It is considered a national heritage dish of Malaysia since it is commonly served for breakfast and offered for lunch and dinner. Schools also serve this dish because it’s so versatile to make. The name of the dish comes from the cooking process of the rice. It is soaked in coconut cream and then the mixture steamed. For more fragrance, knotted screwpine (pandan) leaves are thrown into the rice while steaming. The version at Nyonya is served with chili anchovy, cucumbers, curry chicken and hard boiled eggs.

NYONYA - FRESH COCONUT PUDDING

NYONYA - FRESH COCONUT PUDDING

The fresh coconut pudding was served in its coconut shell. Delicious and naturally sweet. Too bad there was so little! The four of us devoured this dessert. A must try as well.

– Charmin Bear J

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