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Cutting Board: Chinese Style Italian-Japanese-American Food

Uni Pasta

By Wen Hao Wang Linguine with manila clams cooked in sake and garlic. Omuraisu with butter rice and miso ketchup. Grilled teriyaki chicken burger with fries. Yes, this restaurant is in the heart Chinatown. And no, it is not a result of gentrifying forces. Cutting Board takes on the Hong Style cafe, where Chinese styles […]

Weekly Update Oct 8-15 Food Bonus: The Best Congee in Chinatown

Various Congee. Photo by Robyn Lee / for Serious Eats

Where to get Congee in Chinatown, NYC Cooler weather is upon us and what better way to warm up than with Chinese congee. Serious Eats lists some of the best places to get the warm goodness in your belly. They range from mild to strongly flavored and thin to thick. “You can’t talk about congee without […]

See & Do: Sept 18 – 23, 2012 Mooncake Festival Roundup

Various Mooncakes. Photo by Robyn Lee/For Serious Eats

By Wen Hao Wang Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival, is upon us! AsianInNY 4th Annual Moon Festival & Fashion Show Saturday, Sept 22, 2012 6:30-9:30pm Chinese Community Center (62 Mott St) Diverse entertainment ranging from comedy, belly dance, and music will be accompanied by a fashion runway show. Check out the full line-up […]

See & Do: Sept 11 – 16, 2012

YaliniDream, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Adeeba Rana in "Say You Heard My Echo." Photo by a4.

By Wen Hao Wang Plenty of opening events to keep you occupied through the week into the weekend. Locating the Sacred  Sept 12-23, 2012 Coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance, Locating the Sacred is a city-wide arts festival celebrating the community and movement that brought Asian American artists together as a collective voice. This […]

Weekly Update Sept 3 – 10, 2012: Jeremy Lin, Food, and Community Leaders

Jeremy Lin resorts to extremely cute measures. Photo via Youtube

  By Wen Hao Wang Vendy Finalist Grilling up Xinjiang Style Kebabs in Chinatown: Chef/Owner Pang Gil Hwa of Xinjiang Prosperity Kebabs talks about her street cart underneath the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown. She grills tender lamb, juicy chicken wings, and other goodies over smoky charcoal. Cheer her on for the 2012 Vendy Awards, happening Saturday […]

See & Do: Beyond Takeout: A Culinary History of Chinatown


By Ren Hsieh This Saturday, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is offering a walking tour of notable Chinatown eateries old and new: “Beyond Takeout: A Culinary History of Chinatown.” A MOCA guide will lead guests on a tour through the streets of Chinatown to learn about the neighborhood’s rich and celebrated restaurant culture. […]

Fresh Cut Durian To Go!

Fresh Cut Durian. Photo credit: Shirley Lew

By Shirley Lew Fresh durian was available at $2.49 a pound on the corner of Hester and Bowery Streets on a cool March afternoon. Buying a durian from this vendor includes a nice deal. He’ll cut your durian for free! Getting to the heart of this spiky fruit is labor intensive. The vendor uses a sharp […]

Chinatown Bites Into Restaurant Week Tradition

Peking Duck House. Photo credit: Julie Huang

By Michelle Jiang Save your appetite and mark your calendar for the first ever Chinatown Restaurant Week. Starting on March 9, the 10-day chow fest will include all-time favorite eateries across Chinatown to satiate the pickiest Chinese food aficionados. For $18.88, an auspicious number sequence symbolizing infinite fortune, diners can enjoy a multi-course meal at participating restaurants. Food in Chinatown already is famously […]

This Roast Pork Bun Still Reigns

Chinatown's favorite roast pork bun from Hop Shing Restaurant.

By Shirley Lew You know you got it good when you bite into a cha sui bow, otherwise known as the roast pork bun. You know you got it even better if it’s right out of the oven from Hop Shing Restaurant on 9 Chatham Square. Hop Shing and their roast pork buns are synonymous. […]

Chinatown OK With Possible Shark Fin Ban

A Chinatown family in support of the ban. Photo: Patrick Kwan, The Humane Society of the United States

By Michelle Jiang New York State assembly members and animal advocacy groups joined forces last week to propose a draft law banning the trade, possession and sale of shark fins. If legislated, New York would join California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii as states outlawing a practice that many say involves the slaughtering and decimation of […]


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