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Sunset Park Chinatown: "Rice Noodle" Dim Sum From Scratch

Jim Leff | Apr 28, 201012:56 PM     60

You know that dim sum item usually called "rice noodle", which is like a slimy log of gelatinous rice paste stuffed with shrimp etc, and thoroughly doused with soy sauce?

Ever seen it cooked from scratch? I didn't think so!

Head to sunset park chinatown, to the street vendor at 8th ave and 61st street in front of the HSBC bank. I think he's there every day, and he makes 'em from scratch, and they're the best I've ever had.

He has a big bucket of ricey water (chinese horchata?) that he ladles into a narrow drawer, with a smush of shrimp or pork or whatever (there are eggs on the right side of the cart, and you definitely want to point to one to have it added on). It steams inside a box, and emerges. He squirts on soy, peanut, and/or hot sauce (get all three...just keep nodding "yes"). For an extra treat, he has tripe in a drawer at the extreme left side of the cart (as you face it), at thigh level, and it's ridiculously great.

Zero english is spoken, so please don't make the guy uptight and gringo-averse. If you're allergic or demanding or in any other way high maintenance, PLEASE stay away. This is a treasure for Chinese customers and grateful intrepid chowhounds.

We may be able to help with the language issue if anyone can translate the menu on the side of the cart, which I'll try to attach.

This was an AWESOME find by my friend Marcus Rojas, great tuba player and chowhound.

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