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Chinese: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

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According to a sign on its windows, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is NYC Chinatown’s first dimsum parlor.  With such a title, I had been wanting to try it for quite a while.  The first time I stopped by, an estimated 15 minute wait turned out to be 30+, so I left.  The second time I went there was no wait – excellent!

The first thing you’ll notice is the decor – much preserved from its early days.   My eating buddy and I were seated with 2 menus and a checklist presented on a red-checked tablecloth:

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Chinese: Red Egg

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Happy New Year, everyone! If you’ve been following along on my blog, you’ll know that I’m a pretty big dim sum fan – I have dimsum at least every other week! I’ve visited most dim sum places in NYC, and one of my more recent additions is Red Egg.  Red Egg distinguishes itself from the competition with a chic, sophisticated decor, a wider variety of dishes, and slightly higher prices.  Were these differences worth the higher bill?

At Red Egg, there was nary a pushcart in sight – instead, we checked off our desired dishes from an extensive menu:

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Scrumptious Singapore: Dimsum

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“What are THESE guys??” I uttered as these morsels strangely reminiscent of mini haystacks was placed before me.  No, I wasn’t anywhere unusual –  just a dimsum restaurant in Singapore.  I know my dimsum, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how this meal was done differently halfway across the world.  (Oh, and those are taro fritters, covered in noodles and deep-fried.  You guessed correctly, right? I thought so).

While some of the dishes were old hat, other dimsum selections were quite unique:

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Chinese: Golden Unicorn

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I had first mentioned my love for dim sum here, with the familiarity of the most popular dishes lending a comfort-food type of appeal.  Never mind the fact that while you’re stuffed when you walked out the door, you’ve still got room for dessert and are hungry 3 hours later. Like I said, never mind that.  The next stop on my quest for the best dim sum joint was Golden Unicorn.  Despite the fact that the logo on the napkins and plates aren’t actually a unicorn (is it a griffon? Mythology fans, help me out here), I give the restaurant props for having its own website.  Additionally, Golden Unicorn has the unique feature of pictures and English names posted on the pushcarts, meaning you won’t accidentally order chicken feet unless you truly want to.

All that is great. But how was the food?

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Chinese: New J&B

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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? Continue Reading