Yesterday, I had a delightful shopping experience at Udom's Thai and Indonesia Grocery on Bayard between Mott St. and Mulberry.
This little store is about six feet wide, if that, and maybe eighteen feet deep and is stacked from floor to ceiling with Thai, Indonesian and (some) Malaysian dry and canned goods. They sell many different varieties of curry pastes, shrimp pastes, fish juice, canned vegetables from Southeast Asian, chili sauces and the like. Practically everything you need to make Thai or Indonesian food.
Anyway, as the owner was ringing up my purchases, he convinced me to buy a couple of the little banana leaf bundles that he was selling at the register. The price was $1.50 for two. Basically, these things were a large, folded up piece of banana leaf with a sticky, sweet concoction inside that contained rice and ...
I'm not sure.
It was semi-gelatinous and gooey. I presume it was steamed inside the leaf. There was also something reddish and also sweet in the center of the goo.
Anyone have any idea what weird thing I ate at Udom's in Chinatown?
Picture of Udom's storefront linked below. I should have taken a picture of the weird thing, but my hands got so sticky eating it that I didn't want to mess with my camera.