Thanks to everyone who replied to my post last week about recs near Dumpling House in Chinatown. I got into New York on Friday but didn't make it down to Chinatown till Saturday afternoon. A friend and I headed first to Dumpling House, since she had never been there, and we shared 10 fried pork dumplings. They were good as always, although the dough was a little dry and I sensed that the place might be going slightly downhill.....any comments on this?
After dumplings, we headed to the Egg Custard King Cafe (thanks to Chandavkl's recommendation). When I ordered two honeydew egg tarts, the woman behind the counter pointed to a tray that had just come out of the oven. So we each got to try a hot honeydew egg tart, which was unlike anything I had ever eaten before (despite having eaten plenty of egg tarts). The custard was quite hot and therefore somewhat liquidy, possibly a tad bit runny for my taste. The honeydew flavor was good. Both my friend and I had trouble deciding whether we liked them or not, I think I finally decided 'yes' and she finally decided 'no'. But it was definitely something different....I think a cool egg tart might have been better for this past weekend, but I can imagine how a warm one might be nice in the winter.
After the egg tarts, we headed around the corner to Pho Tu Do on Bowery. We chose this place randomly mainly because we were thirsty and wanted to sit down somewhere to talk and be in AC, and our drinks (a milk tea and a lemon iced tea) were good. The fresh spring rolls (pork and veggie) were pretty uninspiring.
That was all for Chinatown since we were off to dinner soon, but I was back the next day with another friend. We ate at New Green Bo, we had excellent soup dumplings and then ma po tofu and some noodle dish. The tofu and noodles were pretty unexciting but okay. On my way back to the subway, I stopped at Quickly Shabu Shabu for bubble tea. I really like this place, although on Saturday they wouldn't let us sit in the restaurant for drinks only (even though it was completely empty and 3:30 PM)...but for bubble tea to go it's great. I had simple jasmine green tea with boba (no milk) and both tea and boba were very good....only way they could be better would be to shake the tea with the ice to cool it and then give you only the tea.
That's about all for now, I'll write about my other meals in another post..