13 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
Last week I took a vacation to New York and DC and took the opportunity to both eat good food and reconnect to family and friends on the East Coast. Two of my cousins live in or around New York City so I decided to gather the three of us for some delicious Chinese food in Chinatown. While arguably there is better Chinese food in New York if you went to Flushing, I find that there are still some great gems in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
One of these places in Noodle Village, which is my go to place for comfort Cantonese cooking. This is a far cry from meatloaf and macaroni and cheese, but to me this food reminds me of my cultural heritage and upbringing as a son of immigrants from Hong Kong. Of course, it’s great to eat comfort food with family so lunch was extra special.
I ended up ordering for all of us and we got the following 6 dishes that ended up satisfying us perfectly:
- Wonton noodle soup – perfect wontons with a good amount on shrimp and noodles were cooked just right too. The broth had a nice, clean seafood taste.
- Congee with preserved duck eggs and shredded pork – The congee was a little bland, but the consistency was good. It could have used a little more salt and pepper.
- Soup Dumplings with pork and crab – Very big dumplings with a lot of delicious soup. However, the wrappers were flawed, breaking easily at the bottom and having a very thick top that was a mouthful to chew on.
- Beef brisket lo mein – This is Hong Kong style lo mein (as opposed to American style) where thin wonton noodles and stir fried beef brisket with a side of soup. The beef was tender and very flavorful, but the daikon could have been sliced smaller.
- Gailan with oyster sauce – As usually, blanched perfectly with a nice chew and just enough oyster sauce
- Claypot rice with Chinese sausage – The last item of the day was filled with excellent slices of chinese sausage and grilled pork belly. The crisy rice was very nice as well, though there was perhaps too much rice.
All in all, it was a great meal and great time with my cousins and a girlfriend of one of my cousins. The food was a comforting reminder of my childhood and the quality is just as great, or even better, that many comfort Cantonese places in California. A bonus was their service which was pleasant and consistent, helping to fill tea very regularly, as well as their decor, which is more upscale than nearly all comfort Cantonese restaurants I have ever eaten in.