I love nothing better than planning my weekends around a series of eating adventures. So what better way to start off than an early walk through Chinatown.
On this chilly NYC morning, I wandered down to Chinatown to one of our favorite spots – Shanghai Cafe!
The 2 things you cannot miss are the soup dumplings and the pan fried noodles! Both are authentic and cannot be found just anywhere in Chinatown. The soup dumplings stick true to their name and are full of hot broth and whatever filling you choose when you bite in – I recommend the pork ones. Be sure to use the Chinese soup spoon provided or you will end up with some hot broth all over the place.
Curious how they get the broth into those dumplings? Check out this article from Bon Appetite – I promise its not all magic!
The next favorite is the pan fried noodles which provide just the right amount of sauce to lightly soften the crispy noodles on the bottom. Similar to the soup dumplings, they can be a bit messy to eat, but it is definitely worth it.
A new dish we tried this time was the scallion pancakes. Normally a favorite at many of the spots in Chinatown, these were a bit of a let down. They were heavy on the grease and light on flavor. I will definitely skip those on the next trip.
On your next trip to Chinatown, definitely make time for a stop into Shanghai Cafe!
100 Mott Street
New York, NY, 10013