Thanks, guys! I'm glad you've enjoyed it...next time may be cooking only...I'm exhausted!
Lunch today was something else...I met up with Emma (luckylies), Phil (eatmywords), Nathan (um, nathan), Phil's girlfriend Michelle, Larry (larrylee), and his wife, Yumi at New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe
on Bayard Street in Chinatown.
Chinatown is always busy, particularly on the weekends, but with the New Year starting tomorrow, things were even more crowded than usual. Walking east on Canal Street was a bit of a nightmarish obstacle course - though, obvs. totally worth it.
Nathan was a bit late, so the rest of us ordered some appetizers to get the blood flowing - TsingTao was the beverage of choice, along with some water, Diet Coke and tea.
First up, soup dumplings...juicy and rich, one order of crab and one order of pork...
Second, some spicy oxtail and tripe, alongside some scallion pancakes, piping hot from the fryer.
The oxtail was really good...spicy and meaty, served cold.
Next, because, after all, this IS the year of the pig we're celebrating here, we had some fried pork dumplings...
Served with black vinegar and ginger sauce, these were rich and hot, and the wrappers were tender and not too chewy - very good dumplings.
In between the two courses, we did these...eight jewels (God forgive me, I don't remember everything in there, but there was chicken, bean curd, peppers, peanuts...) and some excellent spicy cabbage, served cold. Just this side of fermentation, it had an excellent fizzy bite to it.
Finally, the mains! We got one noodle dish, pan-fried noodles with beef, shrimp, pork and vegetables. Good, but nothing out of this world.
We also ordered these teeny tiny eels with scallions...I liked this dish, but I wasn't in love...maybe it was a texture thing - the sauce made the whole thing just slippery.
Finally, the tamp po pork - pork belly in a five-spice sauce, with baby bok choy and served with steamed buns. Soooo good and rich, though I've definitely hit my slow-roasted, falling-apart pork limit.
I think we did a pretty good job, don't you?
(P.S. - Emma REALLY likes soup dumplings...)