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It’s that time of the year again for people of Chinese descent (and others in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to name a few) to celebrate what is known as one of the most important festivities of their time; Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival). This holiday falls on the 15th of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar; when the moon is at its fullest and most brightest. According to the Western calendar, Moon Festival falls this year on September 22, 2010. It’s a special time for friends and family to spend time with each other (equivalent to Thanksgiving).
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My parents went to Chiu Hong Bakery, Inc. and brought two boxes of mooncakes (made by the people who work there). If you aren’t familiar with these pastries, they are a delicacy and usually costs around $20 a box with four little cakes. I asked them why they are so expensive and they told me that it’s labor intensive to make these goodies. There are a variety of fillings but I usually stick to the original which consists of lotus seed paste (2nd photo above). It usually comes with an egg yolk but I like them without it. My parents usually buy the five kernel mooncake for themselves (3rd photo above), which consists of various nuts and seeds including: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, etc. If you enjoy coconut, then this flavor is for you.
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If you don’t celebrate the holiday, you can always purchase them for yourself at any Chinese bakery nearby. They are most fresh this time of the year and usually you can’t get them anytime you wish. If you decide to grab a box, you should do so before the holiday comes to avoid the line! 🙂
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161 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-7664

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John and I decided to try the famous pork steamed dumplings (called xiao long bao in Chinese) at Joe Shanghai’s Restaurant’s in Chinatown this past weekend because of all the rave reviews. This restaurant originated in Flushing, Queens and now has opened up in other locations including Midtown, Manhattan and Tokyo, Japan. It was a bit cramped and luckily it was just us two so we didn’t have to wait long to be seated.

These dumplings, which originated in Shanghai, China, came out extremely hot. It was $4.65 for 8 dumplings. This was our first time trying these out at a restaurant for we are not that familiar with Shanghai cuisine.

Well, according to their YouTube video, the proper way to eat this dumpling is to bite into it, then pour the soup out onto your spoon. Being entirely unfamiliar with this procedure once we were served, I drank out of this dumpling like a child would drink out of a sippy cup. I still managed not to make a mess. 🙂

We thought the dumplings were delicious but the soup inside was a bit too greasy for me. But besides that, the pork was savory and juicy. We also ordered an entrĂ©e of bean curd (Szechuan style) with minced pork. It tasted better than what I could make at home but unfortunately it wasn’t spicy enough as it was intended to be. Also, there wasn’t enough minced pork in this dish; I could barely taste it.  And, boo…they charged extra for a small bowl of white rice because we shared an entrĂ©e!

9 Pell Street
New York, New York 10013
212-233-8888

I have been hearing non-stop about this place  from various food blogs all over. I just had to try it. When we entered into this place, it was no bigger than a bathroom stall… seriously. Also, there were no seats in this place so we had to stand near a counter and eat our food while people stared at us from the outside.

Besides the difficulties eating while standing, the food was relatively very good and a huge plus was that the noodles were handmade, right in front of us. The consistency of the noodles were amazing. The minus was that the foods were very oily. However, I felt that the burgers were made quite well.

The whole meal only came out to $14.50 including taxes. What a deal, what a bargain! Highly recommend the burgers, which range from $2.00 ~ $2.50.

88 East Broadway #106
New York, NY 10002
212-786-2068

After dining on dim sum, my sisters and I decided to grab some ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory during this excruciating heatwave us New Yorkers are experiencing.

I bought the lychee ice cream which tasted very scrumptious with bits of lychee fruit. The other flavors that my sisters bought were sesame seed and green tea. Nom nom nom!

65 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 608-4170


John and I had our first dim sum experience together yesterday morning at jing fong restaurant, located on 20 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown, New York. The escalator ride transported us to a huge banquet hall, also known as dim sum heaven. This was the first time that I went without my family and unfortunately I do not speak a word of Chinese (being the typical american born Chinese I am), so John and I ended up pointing to the carts of dim sum and ordered whatever that looked good to us. Yes, the service may not be up to par but we didn’t care. John got up from his seat and chased after some of the carts. We were still satisfied and full towards the end of our meal.

We ended up with 6 small dishes of: short ribs, vegetable dumplings (there is one missing in the photo because John was impatient), shrimp wrapped in soft noodle sheets and soy sauce, pork buns, shrimp dumplings, and egg tarts (not pictured above). Each dish was as authentic as it could get and very delicious! There are lots more dishes to try out but unfortunately our tummies was packed with capacity. If you are ever in the area and are feening for dim sum, I suggest you check it out. 🙂

20 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10013-4802
(212) 964-5256

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