My dad is the master of Chinatown. Not only did he live in China for a few years while in the military, but he has mastered the art of judging great places. How? By the cold sesame noodles and the lack of Americans in a restaurant. It was usually our ritual to go straight from Newark Airport to Chinatown after my flights back from Wisconsin. Now it’s just a special treat.
After Meet the Press this morning, I met my family at Penn Station, since my sister’s friend, Noa, from Israel was in town for the day. Instead of a typical brunch, we ventured downtown for Dim Sum. In the rain, we walked past many markets selling fish and unusual culinary delicacies, to Golden Unicorn. Side note; how many times do Chinese places sound exactly the same, or just some variation of the other one? You need to know what you are looking for in order to go to the right place.
We put our names down with the woman inside on a microphone. They gave us a ticket with a number and just started shouting out numbers and floors rapidly. It felt more like an auction house then a Chinese restaurant. Our number, “72,” was finally called and we were told to go to the third floor. Immediately carts began to bombard us with food. It was a whirlwind of deliciousness.
We had my absolute favorite first.
This was such a pleasant surprise. We thought it was fried rice, but the sticky is some of my favorite. The little bite of the pork bites were delicious and added some saltiness to the rice.
There was a bit of the lull in the food. According to Amanda, “can you not keep driving past us?” Finally they stopped and we indulged once more. And we went big this time around.
I love duck. There’s something about the crunchy skin, followed by the fatty buttery meat. The contrast is amazing, and getting a bit messy digging in is the best. And also, the shrimp. Woah baby. It was so good, I didn’t even bother to remove the shelling keeping the crunchy deliciousness in tact. It was fabulous.
Finally, we ended with some great vegetables and tofu. My mom kept laughing how we’re the only kids around that fight over veggies and tofu.
The vegetable ended up being a cross between broccoli and bok choy. It was delicious with the hoisin dipping sauce on the side.
The other dish, the one we actually ordered versus pulling off the carts, was the silky tofu. The veggies were great with the dipping sauce on the side. Everything was so delicious and wonderful and we were so full by the end of it all.
It was a fun, great, delicious meal. We all left bellies full and laughing from some comment Amanda made. It was a perfect family fun morning and definitely showed Noa how we eat.
Location: Chinatown, NY
Perfect For: Adventurous Eating, Authentic Dining, Cheap Eats
Reservations: Not Available
Favorite Dishes: Crispy Duck, Crunchy Shrimp, Steamed Pork Bun, Sticky Rice, Shrimp Rice Noodles