Chinese: A-Wah Restaurant

Eating Out




Recently gracing New York Magazine’s Cheap Eat list, A-Wah is located deep in Chinatown, nestled among dim sum joints and dry foods stores.  Last week, I paid a visit to this hole-in-the-wall;  I started with an old favorite – dan dan mein (noodles).

Originating from Sichuan cuisine, dan dan mein features chewy egg noodles and minced pork in a spicy/sweet chili oil broth.  Every restaurant has a slightly different take on the dish, so I love trying it whenever I see it on the menu.  A Wah’s version was a good mix of textures (the springy noodles with the crisp vegetables) and flavors (sweet, savory and slightly oily).  At $4.50 for a bowl, I’d recommend.

My eating buddy ordered from the section of the menu titled “World Famous Rice in Casserole.”  World famous, huh. Quite a tall order.  Also known as bo zai fan (clay pot rice), rice and meats of your choice are cooked in a clay pot over an open flame.  Eating buddy ordered the chicken and mushroom casserole.  When it arrived, we added the requisite sauce:

Mixed everything together:

…and dug right in.  I’m actually not the biggest fan of bo zai fan, but eating buddy enjoyed it – for $6.25 for a large bowl, it’s a pretty good deal.

The ambience at A Wah doesn’t get much fancier than the green-and-white checkered vinyl tablecloth, and a few flat screen tv’s showing Asian pop stars.  However, for the price, it can’t be beat.  If you’re in the area, give it a try.

Good and cheap for dan dan mein and clay pot rice.

A-Wah Restaurant
5 Catherine St. (btw. Division and Broadway)

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    August 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    noodles. oh noodles. i love thee.

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    August 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Were they just in NYT for their bo zai fan? Looks good anyway — I love getting bo zai fan in the winter on the street in Hong Kong.

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    August 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Next time I come to NY, I am definitely going to call you for a foodie tour!!

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    Try Anything Once Terri
    August 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks! I am always looking for authentic Chinese food.

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    August 11, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Yum, i love clay pot rice!

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    August 11, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Mrs. Hot Cocoa – yes, it was! They also tried the clay pot rice – I guess that does make it "World Famous" 😉

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
    August 11, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I always want to hop on a plane to NYC when I read your blog and this is no exception. I want noodles…now!

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    August 16, 2010 at 3:38 am

    is this the one in the tunnel?

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    August 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Ivester, No – it's near Golden Unicorn 🙂

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