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chinatown rice noodle cart

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chinatown rice noodle cart

Ben Z. | Feb 12, 2004 09:49 PM

Has anyone else frequented the rice noodle cart on the northeast corner of Canal and Lafayette? At least I think they’re rice noodles, as I’m pretty sure that’s what the awfully amiable woman who runs the stand tells me:

She has a steamer contraption into which fit several flat sheetpans. She takes one of the sheetpans, lightly scatters some spices and your choice of meat (pork, shrimp, beef, or chicken), pours over a film of this thin, milky batter (which might be made of rice flour?), and slides the pan into the steamer. Half a minute later she pulls out the pan, revealing a solidified, slightly opaque sheet, which she promptly slices up and scoops into a styrofoam container, and tops with soy sauce, sesame seeds, and optional hot sauce.

It miraculously costs one dollar, and has been one of my favorite breakfasts lately. I know her cart is there pretty regularly on Wednesday mornings and is unfortunately replaced in the afternoon by a hot dog stand. Perhaps she’s there other mornings. I’ve seen other customers purchase some sort of warm (and sweetened?) milkish-looking liquid from her in a pint-sized takeout container, but really have no idea what it is. Anybody try this?

I’ve enjoyed the shrimp version of the noodles - the chicken and pork were a tad too chewy.

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