Chinatown Chronicles- Volume 3

I learned my way around Chinatown in the early 1980’s by following my nose. I was burning shoe leather walking around the small and curving side streets; Pell St., Division St., Bayard St., all around the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. It was always a fun day poking around the shops and stores that were off the beaten path.

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Chinatown in the ’80’s Courtesy of

My initiation into the culinary delights of New York City’s Chinatown was a journey that started on Mott Street and then moved towards the new Szechuan places and dim sum shops that were opening around East Broadway.

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I still love poking around the stores and supermarkets of Chinatown. The variety of meat, fish and prepared foods is remarkable.

Introducing others to the wonders of Chinatown is something I enjoy. If they have an open mind and an adventurous palate, we can usually find something they have never tried before to expand their culinary horizons.

Oriental Garden is one of our favorites, either for a big group when friends are in town or for a dim sum Sunday afternoon. The service is friendly and fast, the food is excellent.

A few phrases that will help you along_

Nǐhǎo (Nee how): Hello

Xièxiè (Shieh-shieh): Thank you

Yǒu shénme hào chī de: What’s good to eat?

Zhè shì shénme: What is this?

Càidān: Menu

Diǎn cài: To order

Duōshǎo qián: How much (does it cost)?

Hěn hào chī: Delicious

Zhēn bàng: Awesome

For the carnivore

Ròu: Meat
Jī ròu: Chicken
Niúròu: Beef
Zhū ròu: Pork
Yáng ròu: Mutton

From the sea

Hǎixiān: Seafood
Yú: Fish
Xiā: Shrimp
Xiè: Crab
Lóngxiā: Lobster


JKS 11/15/17

Published by eringoscratch

I am a big man, home cook in a tiny kitchen in NYC. I hook it and cook it, buy it and fry it, and will show you around NYC!

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