Oh no… did Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle REALLY close for good?

August 6, 2017 / 0 comments

Yelpers have reported that famous noodle joint Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle has closed. Please, say it isn’t so.

What happened to King-Sim Ng from the Manhattan Chinatown documentary?

July 19, 2016 / 0 comments

Earlier this month, The Atlantic featured a emotional and powerful documentary called “Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown“.

11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City

October 26, 2015 / 0 comments

I’ve heard that some dim sum restaurants have moved away from pushcarts so that their small plates come out hotter and fresher.

Goodbyes: Iconic Pearl City Mart to close massive SoHo store in December

September 26, 2015 / 3 comments

Pearl River Mart is a three-level department store you wouldn’t expect to see on the busiest, most tourist-heavy, bustling street in the heart of Soho’s retail center.

Cheap and tasty rice noodle rolls from Sun Hing Lung Co

August 30, 2015 / 0 comments

Cheong fun is a dish associated with dim sum. It’s normally found side-by-side with some of the more popular dim sum dishes like har gow, sui mai and char su bao.

Get an eye exam and eyeglass lenses for $50 at Optical 88 in Chinatown

August 25, 2015 / 0 comments

Just when you’ve resigned yourself to spending a pile of cash on something you expect to spend a pretty penny on, Chinatown comes through for you again.

How I used Meetup.com to find friends for my Chinese mom

April 27, 2015 / 0 comments

My mom has lived in San Francisco for over five years. Despite her being in Chinatown every single day of the week and somewhat outgoing personality, she still struggles to find like-minded Chinese friends in the city.

Garlic Pea Shoots are the bomb

That expensive vegetable dish you had at dim sum is called dao mew (garlic pea shoots)

December 20, 2014 / 0 comments

Garlic pea sprouts or “dao mew” is one of my family’s favorite Chinese dishes and can be found on many Chinese restaurant menus but more often on a dim sum cart.

The ultimate list of the best “cheap & tasty” restaurants in Manhattan (updated)

December 3, 2014 / 3 comments

One’s definition of “cheap” becomes skewed when they live in a city like New York for a long enough time. Cheap becomes relative.

Are Asian immigrants being pushed onto subway tracks a coincidence or something else?

November 17, 2014 / 3 comments

I don’t know what number constitutes a pattern, but after a 61-year Chinese immigrant was pushed onto the tracks of the oncoming D train in The Bronx.

Fuck Chinatown? Why don’t we know the San Francisco racist tour guide’s name yet?

November 3, 2014 / 0 comments

It’s been more than two weeks and I still haven’t forgotten that idiot San Francisco tour guide that spewed out hateful comments during the Chinatown portion of her bus tour. 

Review: Chinatown’s Good Luck (Lucky Express) Car Service

November 2, 2014 / 1 comment

It’s comforting when you get to a point where you can trust a service to consistently deliver (whether a haircut, laundry service, or fried yuca); it allows one to put energy into more important things in life. 

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles (What’s in a name?)

September 4, 2014 / 0 comments

What’s in the name?  When in Chinatown, the names of stores and restaurants can be nonsensical, include random numbers, and state ridiculous claims

Roasted duck and chicken in Chinatown windows

Gallery: 17 days in New York’s Chinatown

September 3, 2014 / 0 comments

As of September 1st, I’m in-between apartments and will spend the next 2-3 weeks in Chinatown. Specifically, sleeping on my grandma’s sofa in Confucius Plaza.  

The Confucius Plaza Apartment Building in Chinatown

August 31, 2014 / 0 comments

I have relatives that live in Confucius Plaza, sometimes referred to as Confucius Tower. Confucius Plaza is an expansive apartment complex with historical significance found in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  

Erhu: What is that Chinese string instrument you saw in Chinatown called?

August 8, 2014 / 2 comments

You just visited Chinatown today and you saw old Chinese men sitting on the corner playing a traditional bowed instrument. So you’re wondering, what is that Chinese strong instrument you saw in Chinatown called?

Noodle Village: Clay pot of gold, crispy rice in Chinatown

June 24, 2014 / 0 comments

I rarely write up a review after just one visit, but I’m confident that I’m going back to Noodle Village again (and again and again).

The Fashion Stylingz of San Francisco’s Chinatown

April 17, 2014 / 0 comments

One of my favorite local sites, The Bold Italic, posted a story today about the fashion stylings of the Chinatown set in San Francisco. The author, Valerie Luu, wrote

Chinatown 2 Chinatown: The best way from Manhattan to Flushing

February 16, 2014 / 1 comment

Here’s one of those not-so-hidden city secrets that sounds too good to be true: For $2.75 you can take a van that shuttles passengers back and forth between Manhattan’s Chinatown and Flushing’s Chinatown.

Lap Cheong: Dried, preserved Chinese sausage

February 4, 2014 / 5 comments

I trekked to Confucius Plaza today to see my visiting dad. My pops likes to visit New York quarterly to see the relatives and to stock up on Chinese ingredients. One of those ingredients he picks up on his New York Chinatown trips is called Lap Cheong (or Lop Chong)

MOCA: A must-visit museum for Chinese-Americans

January 25, 2014 / 1 comment

When I recently discovered that there was a museum dedicated to the Chinese American experience, I immediately placed it on my shortlist of places to go: museum, YMCA, Zara for their bi-yearly sale, and Prosperity Dumpling.

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