Restaurants & Bars


chinatown rice noodle cart


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Restaurants & Bars 23

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.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound