I recently went on the three-hour Foods Of New York Tour called the Explore Chinatown Food And Culture Walking Tour that can be booked on www.foodsofny.com for $65! Considering how cheap the food in Chinatown is, I wondered if it would provide good bang for the buck, and I am happy to say it did--and not just because of the food. I found out so much about Chinatown, from the unusual items mourners place on the altar at funerals to insure the deceased has a good afterlife to secret side streets that no one seems to know about and that offer great souvenirs and other mementos. I never had so much fun in Chinatown and it was great to learn about each dish as I was eating it.
First stop was Dim Sum Go Go at 5 East Broadway where we our group of about 16 had our first food items at 10:30 AM; we got the entire top floor to ourselves. Five different dumplings were served to us in wicker steam baskets and they included a Fried Pork Dumpling, Jade Dumpling, Chive & Shrimp Dumpling, Duck Dumpling and a Steamed Pork Bun. All the dumplings were had thin skin that you could almost see through--and that's the way an authentic dumpling is supposed to be (as opposed to the large Americanized chewy dumplings). I guess that the Steamed Pork Bun did not officially count as a dumpling but it was served in the same wicker steam basket and was so stuffed with pork and tasty spices that it made other Steamed Pork Buns that I have had seem downright empty! If you go to dim sum on your own there, each unit is prices at $1.35 to $1.75 a piece--a real bargain, especially for this high quality level. (By the way, Dim Sum Go Go serves dim sum all day long, every day.)
|Dumplings at Dim Sum Go Go|
|Lin Ze Xu|
|Whole Duck at Peking Duck House|
|Candy, nuts and dried fruit at Aji Ichiban|
|Egg Custard Tart at Golden Manna Bakery|
Photos by Anne Raso / Gail Worley