I ate at New Chao Chow on Mott bet hester and canal. It's an interesting place, it serves chao zhou (chiu chow) and cantonese food. I'm not super familiar with chao zhou cuisine as i'm not chao zhou and dont really know any chao zhou people although i've been exposed to it a bit in LA and singapore, but from my understanding the chao zhou people in the US have a reasonable amount of viet influence as alot of them lived there before coming here.
Anyhow, i've been here before, but i just ordered wonton noodle soup in the past (which is pretty decent btw). This time i got interested in coming back after reading an old siestma article about the place. The food kind of tastes like i thought it would in terms of being pretty viet influenced (bean sprouts, fish sauce etc).
I ordered the following:
- Combo rice stick noodle (not sure what it was in chinese b/c i couldnt read enough of the characters, i believe it is hu tieu which is some type of reasonably well known viet noodle dish) - they serve the soup on the side, the bowl is filled with medium thickness white rice noodles, slices of fish cake, pork, liver, ground pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, scallions and i believe some deep fried onions (don't know how to explain these but in singapore they served them all the time, its like little crispy golden brown onions). Now that i think about it it reminds me of laksa except that its not in a curry soup. They also give you some of that viet fish sauce on the side (nuoc mam). I'm not even certain i was eating it correctly, but i poured the fish sauce on the noodles and then ate the noodles and condiments in a spoon and drank the soup sort of at the same time. Anyhow, it was very tasty, something pretty different and i'd definitely eat it again. Also the condiments that are on the table are great they have the typical la jiu jiang (chili sauce), but also a chili oil with i believe fermented black bean, pickled chilis and also hoisin sauce
- Chao Zhou duck (i cant remember, but i think it just says chao zhou ya in chinese) - this is similar to the roast duck you'd get at a cantonese place, but its a little different, its less salty, more yellow in color and tastes a little lighter even though there is still alot of fat on it. Its served hacked into pieces in a dark soy sauce. It's quite tasty and i'd recommend this as well
- Fish ball noodle soup - friend got this, it was just fish ball noodle soup with noodles, nothing special and he didn't think he would order it again.
All and all a good meal, definitely different and i will be coming back again at some point.