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Edward Felcher | Dec 31, 2000 09:07 PM

Okay, I can't remember the address, but it is two doors down from Fuleen Seafood, and around the corner from Golden Unicorn in Manhattan Chinatown. It's open for lunch, don't know how late it stays open.

The only clue is a crude hand lettered sign reading "$4 You Eat Four Dish".

You walk in, pay $4 to an attractive girl manning a greasy cash register, she whacks a huge dollop of rice on your dish (not a word of English), and low and behold...... you stare at about 50 (yes count 'em 50) astonishingly good regional dishes from God Knows Where In China, heaped onto several overflowing steam trays.

You can't serve are allowed 4 dishes ladled out by chattering attendants, plus a free bowl of some sort of vegtable/pork soup which you scoop out of a huge cauldron.

Endless dishes....pork ears, seaweed salads, mussels, intestine concoctions, pig feet, sliced meats, delectable veggies, taro cake, curried goat, omelets stuffed with 1000 year egg. minced meat, gourd stew, shrimp, little and big fishes and sundry bizarre concoctions....most as well prepared as the local higher priced restaurants. It's all fresh, they keep dumping replenishments into the steam trays.

That's it....$4, no tip, no monkey business.

Me and a friend were the only gweilos....they tried to steer us to the chicken wings and fried rice and were astounded when I picked a braised fish head from a gigantic steaming pile of them....and the twice cooked pork was delicous.

Since I live "in the nabe", this is going to be my standard lunchtime fare, from now on, several times a week.

The decor is stark, the clientele is every social strata of Chinese from mink-wearing swells, to greenhorns straight off the boat....they all know a bargain.

I know my Chinese food..., you have got to see this to believe it....I'm sure they'll wise up soon and stick us for $5. This won't remain a secret for long.

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