I've read so many reports here on the interesting carts in Chinatown, yet was down there without a clue as to where one might be. But I was hungry and in a hurry, so passing a cart on the corner of Elizabeth & Hester, I inquired as to what they were selling. A man buying the noodles told me what they were, but unfortunately I can't remember the name. Rice noodles with vegetables and small pieces of pork, a huge portion for only a dollar. (The portion was so big, I asked the woman to take some out of my box, as I knew I would never finish it.) Nothing transcendent, but quite tasty and for one dollar, what a meal.
In contrast, for dessert, I had a few bites of a $5 bowl of rice pudding from Rice to Riches. Hard to fathom how this place is going to stay in business with only one product. As rice pudding goes, it's ok. I like mine a with a little more bite, this is too smoothe. I bought a half and half portion - - the vanilla, ok, the cheesecake flavor, much better.
The staff seemed disinterested, not warm in the least. (I guess I expected a place that sells a comfort food like rice pudding to have friendly people working there. )