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SADLY, LAM ZHOU HANDMADE NOODLE IS NOW CLOSED.

LAM ZHOU HANDMADE NOODLE, 144 East Broadway (between Pike Street and Rutgers Street), Chinatown

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.

Sweet Rice Dumplings at LAM ZHOU HANDMADE NOODLE

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.

Sweet Rice Dumplings at LAM ZHOU HANDMADE NOODLE

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),
Chinatown
(212) 566-6933
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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