Sunday, October 22, 2006

Yummy Station

Yep, that's its name. Yummy Station. And, it is quite yummy. It's located on Canal where the East Broadway "F" stop is. This is one of my favorite breakfast places. It also helps that it is very convenient. Its located right next to the "F" train on E. Broadway about two blocks away from my place. This is a interesting place to me because it tries different dishes that you may not see at other places in Chinatown. Nothing fancy, but just simple cheap yummy dishes. Plus, it has some things that I've looked for ever since I've visited Hong Kong. Just about a year or so back, it was hard for me to find a place that had good drinks and good food. It was one or the other. But, this place has a good selection of drinks and good selection of food. What's pictured here is a few items that I like to get for breakfast. One thing that I get all the time is the ham(or spam) and egg sandwich. I wish they made it with the thick bread they do in HK, but I guess you can't have it all. But, I love it and haven't gotten tired of it yet. The noodle item on the right is steamed noodles with sauce. YUM!! I recommend that you eat this at the restaurant if you can. The noodles on the left are Soy Sauce Chow Mein. This one was not the best that I've had. But, not horrible. And, of course, in the back you have the iced coffee and tea mix. They do a great coffee and tea mix. This place has its strong items and some weaker items. But, overall a great place for a quick cheap bite. Oh, and don't expect table service. You order at the counter and they'll call you to pick up your order. It's small place, don't be lazy. :)

Yummy cheaply made food.
Recommended: Iced coffee/coffee tea mix, ham/spam and egg sandwich, steam noodle with sauce, and black pepper chicken.
Price: On the cheaper side of Chinatown.
Environment: simple/basic.....clean for Chinatown
Service: No table service, but friendly counter service.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


This is Coluck. Located in what I've come to know as "the tunnel". It's a walkway between Elizabeth St. and Bowery. A tunnel. One of my favorite breakfast/lunch places. Fast and yummy! Depending on when you go, you may run into a packed house or a empty dining room. But, you will be seated quickly. I prefer the booths on the side. The service is fast and the food comes even faster. It's not fine dining, but it has the same outcome. Satisfaction in that dreamy kind of way. :) It's another overall yummy foods restaurant. They have a large menu of foods you may not find everywhere in Chinatown. And, they have new items posted on the walls and on newly printed paper menus at the front. In the picture below you see some breakfast items. They have a nice small serving of congee. You really don't need more than this. There are many consistancies to where you can cook congee. This is my favorite. It's basically cooking it to where you can't tell that it was once rice. My favorite is minced meet congee. Next to the bowl of congee are fried stuffed crullers. YUM!! The first time I tried these I was stunned by how I hadn't thought of this mixture before. So simply made with ingredients that I grew up with, yet soooo good! I like to dip it in my congee. But, also very good on its own. AND, behind the two dishes, there is the coffee/tea mix. This is my favorite place for iced coffee and iced coffee/tea mix. They also have a really good cold honey lemon water. So, if you're looking for a fast yummy place to grub down and be on your way, this is your place.

Food: Overall good to yummy!
Recommended: Iced coffee, fried stuffed crullers, congee, and kimchi spam fried rice
Price: Cheap eats, even for Chinatown
Environment: Clean.... for Chinatown
Service: Very fast and efficient.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


When it rains it pours. This will my second post in two days. So, this is Goodies. A overall good restaurant. But, they're known for their steam soup dumplings. They have three types. I know they have crab and pork. I think the third is fish. I recommend the pork. Be very careful how you eat these dumplings. If you're not careful, you may squirt hot soup into your mouth. Not fun. But, do it right, and its quite the delightful taste. Some would say that Joe Shanghai has a better dumpling. It depends on your taste. If you like a bit of a thicker skin on your dumplings like I do, Goodies is the place for you. Other dishes that are shown here are the Chicken Rice Cakes. It's a thick noodly type dish. My favorite in Chinatown, so far. And, the other is Turnip Cakes or pastries. I know, doesn't sound very tasty. I didn't think so either. But, they are. Quite tasty indeed. Again, try this place. Its a overall yummy food place.

Food: Overall yummy.
Recommended: Pork soup dumplings.
Price: Average for Chinatown, which is cheap eats.
Environment: In the middle. Not the cleanest and not the dirtiest.....for Chinatown.
Service: Decent

Monday, October 02, 2006

Manna 1 Bakery

Finally, a new post. We always want to take pics of the food we come across, but we're always halfway done with the food before we remember. This time, the camera was sitting out. So, this post will be about my favorite bakery in Chinatown. Manna 1 Bakery. I've pretty much tried every bakery in Chinatown, and this stands out to be the best by far. It's a little hole in the wall on Katherine St. It's the second store on your left as you pass Henry St. Tell them Evan sent you. Tho, they won't know what that means........ Anyway, these are our favorite items. First, there is the ham and egg bun. YUM! Usually gone before noon. They're a hot item. Then, there are the curry beef corner and egg white egg tart. The egg white egg tart is just like the regular egg tarts, but softer. And, hopefully healthier! :) Again, all these yummy snacks are best the earlier you get them. They're made fresh each morning. If you go early enough, they're still warm. And, in the background, the drinks. One is iced coffee and the other is iced lemon honey water. Both are quite good. This bakery is not the strongest for their drinks, but they're still quite good. Another item that I'd recommend is the roast pork bun. The best in Chinatown. Try all of their items. Live a little. :) They're an overall great bakery. No seating. BUT, if the day is nice enough, you can walk a few blocks down to the water. There you'll be eating by the water and have views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges reaching in Brooklyn. It's really quite the amazing view. Just avoid the bums. But, that goes without saying. But, if you find yourself a nice little spot, it would make for a nice little picnic..... sort of. :) Or, just take the yummy grub home with you. Anyway, just try it. You won't be sorry.

Food: Best bakery in Chinatown
Recommended: Ham and egg bun, roast pork bun, curry pastry, everything
Price: Soooo cheap!
Environment: Hectic and cramped.
Service: Hectic and efficient