Chinese: New J&B

Eating Out

In a NoshGirl first, I’m reviewing a restaurant that I don’t *really* know the name of.  See, I go for dim sum a lot, and I’m pretty familiar with most of the popular restaurants in Chinatown.  A few months ago, a friend’s father suggested “King’s Seafood” to me.  I went. It was good.  I went again, and King’s Seafood had disappeared.  Sadsies.  A few weeks later, J&B Seafood popped up in its place. So I went, it the decor was the same, and the food was still good.

A few weeks after THAT, the restaurant was called New J&B.  Still good, same decor. What gives?  Anyway – as I write this, the restaurant is called New J&B. By the time you stop by, it will undoubtedly have a different moniker.  But let’s talk about the food, shall we?
For the initiated, dim sum is an indecisive person’s dream come true.  You can order a bunch of different small plates, each with 3 or 4 pieces to sample.  If you don’t like something you ordered, no worries – it wasn’t too expensive and there’s probably someone in your party who will gobble it up.  With dim sum, you can afford to be adventurous.

There are a few “staple” foods that I order when trying a dim sum place, to establish a means of comparison, if you will.  The first is the har gow, or shrimp dumpling, below:

Offering delicately seasoned shrimp wrapped in a translucent skin, har gow can be done very well, or very poorly. I’ve had stale shrimp, hardened skin, lukewarm har gow – it sucks.  On the other hand, freshly steamed shrimp accented with hints of bamboo, steamed in a perfectly soft, thin skin, is heavenly.  I’m happy to say that J&B’s har gow was fresh, well made, and served steaming hot.   Good job, J&B.

The other dim sum dish that I regularly sample is the steamed pork bun:

Although I am a bigger fan of the baked variety (with a sweet-glazed bread), more dim sum joints offer the steamed version, allowing me to compare apples to apples, or um, pork buns to pork buns.  While J&B did well on the soft, pillowy steamed bread, the roast pork filling inside was a little too sweet and cloying.  I’ll skip these next time.

I rounded out my dim sum sampler with a personal fave, the gow choy gow – or garlic chive dumpling:

The garlic chive is different from the American chive in that it has, well, more of a garlicky flavor.  A bunch of places sell the gow choy gow, but J&B was frying them to order:

This is key.  You’ll occasionally see these babies piled up on a pushcart, lukewarm.  Stay away.  While I’ve had a tepid gow choy gow before, it’s not ideal.  Stick to the fresh-fried ones and you’ll be golden.  J&B’s were very well done, with a dip in chili sauce (first picture) to round out the savory flavor.  Yum!

The bill for eating buddy and I came out to less than $10, woohoo!  And to prove I’m not making this up about the name shenanigans:

I’d like to try a few more dishes at J&B to determine its place on my dim sum hit list.  But at these prices and the relatively short wait, I’d recommend J&B (or whatever it’s called!)

Good dim sum. Now if they could only decide on a name…

King’s Seafood

39 East Broadway (btw Market/Catherine)

Have you had dim sum before? What are your favorite dishes?

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  • Reply
    Charlene @ Sweetchic
    November 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Dude, I am so jealous, you get to try all this amazing food and consider it kinda like "work". That's tough… not!

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    M and C
    November 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I love dim sum. It might be my favorite meal. I LOVE the steamed pork spare ribs, Law Bok Gow and the taro dumpling

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    San Jose Love
    November 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Dim sum in NY seems so cheap. Sadness for our extravagant prices over here. Also, no one fries things to order in the Bay Area. Just a bunch of lukewarm dim sum served on carts. still good enough.

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    November 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    King's Seafood! Mr. T certainly loves that place but I'm sure the name change thing will just confuse us all!

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    November 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Oh wow it all looks amazing. I've been craving dim sum lately. Guess it's time for a little trip on downtown. And so funny what you say about not knowing the name. I've been there 🙂

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    November 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Okay, I should have known better than to read one of your posts on an empty stomach. I crave pork buns now. :/

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    November 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Love dim sum! Sadly not much great dum sum here 🙁

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    November 12, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Charlene, I would LOVE to consider this work! Unfortunately, no one pays me, ha!

    M and C, I love Law Bok Gow as well! My mom used to make it 🙂

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    honey my heart
    November 12, 2010 at 6:11 am

    mmm, steamed pork bun is one of my favorite dim sum choices. now i hope to find a place that has gow choy gow.

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    Try Anything Once Terri
    November 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I've never had dim sum before (hanging head in shame). I think you will have to take me. 🙂

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    November 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    ooh yummy. i'm a fan of siu mai. i know, so typical.

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    November 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Love me some dim sum. I'm seriously hungry right now too! I really dig dim sum with shrimp in it… like all of them!

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    November 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    That chive dumpling looks so good. Seems like the outside dough is thin and chewy, just the way I like it. I need to find some good dumplings in Chinatown here.

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    Big Mouth Bride
    November 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I meant to respond to your tweet about this but couldn't remember the name until now. 🙂 Have you tried the Golden Unicorn? Literally right there by King's…or J&B…or [insert new name here] at 18 E Broadway. I checked it out on my last trip to the city and it was pretty tasty!

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    November 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Big Mouth Bride, yes – Golden Unicorn is one of our favorite places! I will be writing about it real soon 🙂

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