Today was the Taste of Chinatown, which is held twice a year. It’s a particularly cool event because it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with all the great Chinese and Southeast Asian restaurants in Lower Manhattan for a very small amount of money. This time, 55 restaurants participated, each having a stall in front of their premises with $1 or $2 tasting plates, effectively turning Chinatown into a gigantic standing room only Dim Sum parlor. The crowds were insane, and some of these stalls were so popular you practically had to fight your way into them.
For further reading about Chinatown, check out this great article written by Bruce Edward Hall in 1999, which discusses some of its more historical sites.
Our first stop was a Vietnamese restaurant.
Cha Gio, spring rolls.
Mixed meat fried rice.
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Char Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Bun) with some kinda hot dog wrapped with bacon on top of fried tofu thingy.
Singapore Chow Mei Fun
Chinese style fried chicken.
Vietnamese sandwich, Bahn Mi.
Fried Chicken Thigh
Today was a noodle lovers paridise.
Chinese-style Beef Jerky.
A mixed plate of vegetable spring roll, fried doughnut and scallion pancake, fresh out of the deep fryer.
Where’s the Old Big Wang?
Jook, Chinese rice congee for sale.
Char Siu, Chinese roast pork being displayed in the window of Great New York Noodletown.
Now that’s what I call takeout.
Bean and tapioca pudding
Vietnamese barbecue pork
Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the oldest Dim Sum parlor in NYC, established in 1920.
Indonesian Satay Beef
Fried Pork Chops with Salt and Chile, sort of the Chinese equivalent to Chicharrones.
Fried Lo Mee, Malaysian soy sauce noodles.
Another type of sauteed noodle.
Hainanese Chicken Rice
These were some type of pork meatballs for sale.
A typical souvenir stall. I love the Tee Shirt.
The seafood markets can’t be beat (photo: Spamwise)
The exotic produce you find on the streets of Chinatown is incredible. The red spiky things are Rambutans.
Pitayas, or Dragonfruits as they are also called.
This guy was selling Bonsai trees.
On the way back to the car, I went into Dragon Cafe and picked up some buns for a late night snack.