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Shanghai Heping, NYC

Headed down to Chinatown with friends for dinner last night to check out a restaurant known for its more Shanghai style cuisine, as you could probably gather from the name…

We started with a double stack of xiao long bao soup dumplings, crab on top…

Pork on the bottom…

Everyone agreed the pork were much better!

Scallion pancakes as our second starter…

Then it was on to the house specialty, Dong Po Pork, which is a braised and glazed pork belly, served with bok choy…

Prepared tableside…

With fresh steamed buns…

And then this magic happens…

I don’t usually order eel at Chinese restaurants, but we’d heard good things about their eel fried with Sichuan peppercorns…

It was indeed tasty with the eel’s flavor really coming through, the peppercorn flavor being more subtle, not overpowering.

Then on to our second pork dish of the night, deep fried salt & pepper pork chops, which were every bit as good as one would expect…

Lastly, pan-fried noodles to close it all out…

Most of my Chinatown dining happens south of Canal St., but I’m happy we took this trip “north” yesterday for a wonderful, and affordable, Lunar New Year meal!

SHANGHAI HEPING RESTAURANT

104 Mott St.

NY, NY 10013

212-925-1118

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Sau Voi, Chinatown, NYC

There is rarely any bright side to getting called for jury duty. Except in NYC, where you have to serve in Chinatown!

Which means you can at least look forward to your daily lunch break. And food writer Robert Sietsema even wrote up this handy dandy “NYC Jury Duty Lunch Guide" to help you find the best and closest places to eat in the vicinity of the downtown court rooms.

Feeling like a sandwich, I hit the first place on Robert’s list, Sau Voi, for a banh mi and it was one of the best I’ve ever eaten in the city! Here’s a look…

Sau Voi looks much like any other New York City corner bodega…

When you walk in, it’s all chips and cigarettes and lottery tickets. But then you focus and notice the small sandwich corner with two kindly Vietnamese ladies waiting there to take your order…

You tell them what you want, answer when they ask “How spicy?” and watch them go to work…

About a minute later, you get one of these…

For four bucks…

Packed with porky and pickled pleasure…

One of the best bites of the year!

SAU VOI

101 Lafayette St.

New York, NY 10013

212-226-8184

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Chinatown Complex, Round Two, Singapore

Breakfast, Day Four…

Back to the Chinatown Complex! Breakfast there was so good the first time around, we decided to go back and try the places we missed… and the places that had long lines we didn’t want to wait in earlier! We figured if people were waiting that long, it must be worth finding out why…

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We started with two of the joints that had the longest lines last time we visited… both of which had barely any line at this time in the morning!

So first we got the sublime fishball soup from Hong Xing…

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Plump fishballs with such a subtle hint of simple fishy flavor in the broth…

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And two types of noodles…

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And then we headed over to Ah Heng for their Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee…

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They sell so much of this stuff they have to keep large vats stewing…

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Constantly kept fresh, I have a video of how this works that I’ll be posting shortly…

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Chicken, tofu, potatoes and egg noodles in a heavy coconut curry soup, just the way I like it…

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Realizing we hadn’t had Bah Ku Teh yet, which is a famous pork bone soup, we instantly went on the hunt for a bowl. And as this place had “Morning” in its name, we thought it would be perfect…

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And it was!

A darker, less peppery soup than we expected, so maybe they tone it down in the morning…

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The meat was fall-off-the-bone delectable…

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Lastly, we looked for the longest line we could find and came across this joint, Joe Pork Porridge & Raw Fish, and knew we just had to try it…

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The line…

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We deiced to forego the raw fish and went straight for the “pork parts” porridge…

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Where we discovered just why people were lining up!

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One of the best dishes we had all week!

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Tasty, tender bits of tripe, kidneys, liver, pork chop and pork meatballs in a warm rice porridge… I will go back for this every trip to Singapore from now on!!

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Chinatown Complex, Singapore

Second Breakfast, Day Two…

Butter coffee and kaya toast only whet our appetites, so we headed over to the Chinatown Food Centre for round two!

We began with noodles at “OK For You”…

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Run by a lone woman who makes every bowl from scratch to order…

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We went with her simple wonton mee..

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It was near perfect in its simplicity as is…

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…but her famed special chillis took the bowl to a whole other level!

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Especially this one, which had a pickled component in it that she would not divulge. Unless I paid!

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Next up was Chang Ji Gourmet, for a few of the quick “economical” dishes they are known for…

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Fish & Peanut Porridge…

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And fried mee…

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Both only about 75 cents US each!

We didn’t eat here, but the name made me laugh…

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Dragon Village Hainanese Curry Rice caught my eye, not only because I fell in love with the dish the day before…

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…but because of the trays heaping with freshly fried pork cutlets!

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How could anyone pass this up?!

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Cut by hand with scissors…

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This place offered a spicier, more Indonesian style curry on top…

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Go see these folks if you ever visit!

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Then it was off to the curry rice joint with not only my favorite name…

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…but favorite sign of the day as well….

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Their fresh from the fryer cutlets also cut with scissors as the name of the joint clearly tells you…

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The curry here was made with more coconut milk than the previous places I tried which made it quite sweet…

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But still oh so tasty!

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They also offered lor kaw…

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Or deep fried pork “meatballs”…

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Yes, these ladies make some “damn nice” curry rice!

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