Big Wong King (between Canal and Bayard St)
67 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
After buying my groceries from HK Supermarket (you can check out my grocery list here, where I can average $2.33 per dinner per head), I always grab a meal somewhere nearby before heading back home. Most recently, I went with my mom to Big Wong King just south of Canal Street. I read that their BBQ is supposed to be pretty fantastic.
We started with Pork Congee (or porridge) with Thousand Year Old Egg (aka. preserved duck egg) ($4.00). This is one of my favorite congees to get. The egg, as gross as it may sound to those who have never had it, is super tasty and adds a lot of savory flavor to the congee.
Congee here was nice and thick. Not too salty. Would be great for a rainy or sick day. Bowl was much larger than it looks because I don’t have a comparison. It was about the size of a large ramen bowl.
It was already after 8pm when we got to the restaurant, so they were out of the chicken and roast pork. We settled for a plate of roast duck ($5.50). The duck was good, but not amazing. Skin was not as crisp as it could be. Meat was flavorful, but mostly through the soy sauce that was poured over it. Soy sauce was way too salty so the pieces soaking at the bottom required large amounts of rice to wash it down. The cuts of duck were huge and very filling. My mom and I barely finished half of it. Continue reading Big Wong King: a place for a fast meal of Canto BBQ and congee
Big Wing Wong
102 Mott St
(between Canal St & Hester St)
New York, NY 10013
It was a sunny President’s Day and we decided to celebrate by biking into Chinatown and stocking up on some cheap groceries. We get our groceries roughly every two weeks from Hong Kong Supermarket, the biggest supermarket (I believe) in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Vegetables and meats are so, so much cheaper here than at your average American supermarket. Sometimes, you can get a whole bag of tomatoes for a dollar! You can also find much more variety of vegetables, such as bitter melon, pea shoots, and fresh prince mushrooms – makes cooking much more interesting. Since we were already in the area, we of course picked up some lunch. I decided I was in the mood for some juicy char siu. Char siu is a Chinese barbecue pork that is often eaten with rice, noodles, or even in a bun. Red food coloring is often added to give the meat its reddish exterior. It has a shiny glaze of honey on the outside that gives the meat a slightly sweet flavor.
Based on various reviews I read online, Big Wing Wong apparently has some of the best char siu in the area. The restaurant was extremely busy when we popped in. Tables were filled with various parties as you are expected to sit wherever there is an empty space. We ended up sitting at a table with three girls who worked at the restaurant. They were on their lunch break, which only ended up being not more than 15 minutes. The place is extremely fast paced. People come in and either order a whole duck to-go, or sit down and eat with their heads buried, without pausing to take a breath, down their tea, and peace out. We were clearly noobs as it took us more than 5 minutes to decide what we wanted to eat and I of course had my camera out. Continue reading Gimme some of that Chinese BBQ!!!