Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
Having just written a hefty check to the government two days ago for Tax Day, I realized I need to start eating a little more cheaply. I won’t be able to fully resist some of the hot (and expensive) restaurants in NYC, but I may find myself spending more time in neighborhoods like Chinatown. Where a full meal with dessert can cost you less than $5.
Inspired by an article on Serious Eats, I recently hit up Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles to test out their dumplings. And while the boiled and fried pork dumplings were mostly spot-on (look for a proper review here), it was the dessert that made my day.
You can keep the dumpling party going through the dessert. Lam Zhou sells 10 sweet rice dumplings for $3. They arrive sunk in a bowl of water to keep them moist and glutinous. The skins are made from rice and have a sticky, chewy quality that plays nicely with the innards.
Inside the skins, is a treasure trove of sweet and crunchy ingredients. The dumplings are loaded with chopped peanuts, sugar, and perhaps some sesame paste.
What a surprising and appropriate conclusion to a cheap meal. And since I’m writing this review, perhaps it’s a tax write-off next year. Although, I’m sure, somehow I’ll still owe money.
|LAM ZHOU HANDMADE NOODLE|
|144 East Broadway (between Pike Street and Rutgers Street),