Cheng Wong Restaurant, located on the East side of Allen Street, corner of Hester is always filled with costomers, and offers a great variety of food, though the soy marinate duck (卤鸭) is something is worth a visit.
The menu has a very goods selection of rice dishes, about 58 of them all between $4 to $5.50, as well as the usual selection catagories found on Chinese menus, but the unique item that keeps me coming to this friendly place owned by Guangzhou people is the marinate duck. 卤味 'luwei', soy marinate, is common t many parts of China and the wider Chinese living in other parts of Asia.
The process is very unique and often the pots used do not get cleaned so there is a build up of residue from cooking over the years, and the flavor becomes enriched. They do that in parts of Taiwan and China, though have not a clue as if this is done at any of the places in Chinatown selling Lu style marinate meats (duck and chicken as well as pig and organ meat).
This is not on the menu, the duck or the chicken or other meats all done up in marinate style, but it is best to order a plate of the meat, even mix it up, and then other dishes, such as a green vegetable dish, and a fried noodle dish. These three dishes are good for two or more people, as lon as you get half a duck or even a whole.
Alone, I typically order a plate of a quater duck for under 7 dollars, then some fried noodle, either 米粉 mifen or another, and take much of the noodle home, with two its plenty of noodle, but the half a duck is ordered.
The flavor of the marinate duck at Chang Wong Restaurant is exceptionally good. I have had lu marinated duck 卤味鸭 in Chinatown NYC and it has not been good, and this is the one place that I have found that is quite good., very good.
Other Items on the Menu: In translation the is Casserole, 煲 'bao', which are stove top cooked clay dishes that the mixed ingredients are cooked in and served in. These are typically stews, but most menus in Chinatown translated them into Casserole. There is beef with bean; Braised Crab, Lamb and Bean; Seafood, and others, with prices from 7.95 to 12.50.
A large selection of pan fried noodles, 24, that ranging in price from 5.95 up to 10.95, from 厦门炒米 Xiamen Fried Noodle (Xiamen being an island off Fujian, across from Taiwan), to 海鲜干烧伊面 Soft Egg Noodle wih Seafood.
About 8 selections for each of the following catagories which are served with rice: beef; chicken; pork seafood; vegetalbe with bean curd (a variety of ten for the bean curd) all about 7 to 9 dollars.
Noodles with soup are on offer and a selection of near 20, with choice of 河粉 hefen, thick noodle and 米粉 mifen, thin angle hair size.
Congee 粥 and Hong Kong Style Lo Main 香港捞面 is also with more than 7 choices.
The Lu Wie 卤味鸭
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Cheung Wong Kitchen
38 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
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