Hong Kong-Style Curry Squid and Other Chinatown Bites

One of Chinatown’s better street vendors dishes up curry squid and other satisfying Hong Kong-style chow, reports HLing. Her squid ($3 for a good-sized container) is agreeably chewy and comes in thin but rich curry sauce with decent chile kick. The ever-changing lineup might also include fish balls, cheung fun (rice noodle rolls), daikon radish with pork skin, or chow mei fun (pan-fried vermicelli). There’s no English menu; non-Chinese readers can point and ask. Look for her silver cart during the day on Grand near Bowery.

As long as we’re talking portable Chinese bites, several hounds remind us that May May on Pell Street is a favored source for zong zi. These are the southern Chinese “tamales” (as the English sign says) of rice with seasoned pork, mushroom, preserved egg, peanuts, or other stuff, all wrapped in banana leaf. “Very easy to steam and eat,” notes shirlotta, “a yummy meal in a leaf!” Frozen dumplings are good bets, too.

Deluxe Food Market, the block-long one-stop Chinese grocery that stretches from Elizabeth to Mott, also makes fine zong zi, says ary. They’re near the register in the prepared-food area.

Egg Custard King Cafe has opened a second shop at Grand and Forsyth, peddling its signature tarts in many colors. The popular egg white variety is wonderfully light. Other fillings include brightly colored fruit flavors–strawberry, banana, mango, and more–that hounds either love or hate. Chandavkl is partial to the light green honeydew model.

Street vendor [Chinatown]
Grand St. just east of Bowery, outside First American International Bank, Manhattan
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May May Gourmet Chinese Bakery [Chinatown]
35 Pell St., between Mott and Doyers, Manhattan,
212-267-0733
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Deluxe Food Market [Chinatown]
79 Elizabeth St., between Hester and Grand Sts., Manhattan
212-925-5766
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Egg Custard King Cafe [Chinatown]
271 Grand St., at Forsyth, Manhattan
212-226-8882
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Egg Custard King Cafe [Chinatown]
formerly Sweet N Tart Cafe
76 Mott St., between Canal and Bayard, Manhattan
212-226-8208
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Board Links: Looking for other snacks near Dumpling House in Chinatown
Chinese sticky rice in banana leaf–Chiong
Chinese sticky rice in banana leaf–Chiong
1) 2nd location for the curry squid cart…2)venison jerky