Taste of Chinatown: Part II

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To recap: so far, I had some really nasty tripe, some okay noodles, and a neat little fried bun thing. I was ready to eat something I knew would be good.

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Restaurant 4: Big Wong King, 67 Mott St.

Food: Roast pork

Now, anyone who’s known me longer than ten minutes knows I think Big Wong’s roast pork is the greatest meat on Earth. It’s tender and sweet and just greasy enough and just crispy enough on some bits… I love it. When I moved away from NYC, it was the last place I went to and when I moved back again, it was the first place I came back to. And despite swearing I would not gorge on any one food, I probably ate most of what you see there.

Big Wong on Urbanspoon

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Restaurant 5: Singapore Café

Food: Fried fish balls

While I scarfed down roast pork, I encouraged my husband to go find something else to try, and he returned from Big Wong King’s neighbor with fried fish balls. (As you can see, I had a hard time getting a good photo of them, as I was now all greasy-fingered.) The best description I can think of for these fish balls: sardine donuts. Puffy and a little chewy, like a good fried donut, but salty and oily and, of course, fishy. The biggest surprise? My kid ate like, all of them.

Singapore Cafe on Urbanspoon

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Restaurant 6: Fay Da Bakery, 83 Mott St.

Food: I don’t know!

I was still feeding fried fish balls to the kid (there’s something I never thought I’d say) when my husband picked this up. “What is it?” I asked. He shrugged. I took a bite. He took a bite.

Him: Oh my god, that’s so good!
Me: I know! Is that coconut on it? I don’t even like coconut!
Him: I know! What is that on the outside? Fruit?
Me: Maybe. No, it’s like…
Him: Oh, and this cream inside! It’s awesome!
Me: …
Him: With the little pieces of fruit in the cream? I think it’s pineapple, maybe.
Me: …
Him: Och. So good.
Me: TURKISH DELIGHT! That’s what it tastes like!

The exterior had that same creamy-yet-rubbery consistency as Turkish delight, almost like a marshmallow, but mango flavored. And the cream inside reminded me of an ambrosia salad, minus the canned fruit. It was fantastic — and it was the first food I’d tried that day that I knew I’d definitely be back for.

Fay Da Mott St on Urbanspoon

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Coming up: that great banh mi I mentioned and another incredible something from Fay Da Bakery.

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  1. the treat from fay da is a mango flavored rice cake. they also have taro flavor (purple) and a green one which i think is green tea. they are all good, but not all flavors are always availible.

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