Dining

Chinatown Crawl

Dim sum destinations with Nom Wah's Wilson Tang
Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor knows a thing or two about dim sum.
Wilson Tang Nom Wah Tea Parlor New York Dim Sum

"It's a family thing," says Nom Wah Tea Parlor's Wilson Tang of the ritual rush of rattling carts filled with fluffy steamed baos and tins of pork shumai.

"You sit at a big round table and you order tons of tiny morsels to share."

The eternal questions: What to skip and what to order--and where to get the best chicken feet.

We tagged along with Tang on a pro tour through the backstreets of Manhattan's Chinatown, hunting down his (and our) favorite bites.

Chicken feet at Palace 88 ($2 for small bowl): Don't fear the feet! These are fried, then steamed, and served in an ultra-savory sauce here that's more reminiscent of fatty roast chicken skin than toes.

Tofu pudding at Fong Inn Too ($1.25 for small): "Perfect for cold weather," Tang says of this hot bowl of freshly made tofu pudding. Smooth, rich and almost creamy, it's best drizzled with a little honey.

Shrimp rice noodle roll at Hop Shing ($2 for three): You can't beat three plump shrimp bundled up in thin, chewy noodle blankets and splashed with sweetened soy sauce at this price. The old-school diner feel is a nice touch.

Spinach dumplings at Dim Sum Go Go ($3.25 for three): These green-hued pouches of edamame and ribbons of wood ear mushrooms sure are pretty. "It's like eating with your eyes," Tang says.

Egg custard at Bread Talk ($1 for two): Egg custard is often too gelatinous or too sweet, but these hit the right note of jiggly texture and milky, subtle sweetness.

Shrimp and snow pea leaf dumpling at Nom Wah Tea Parlor ($4.50 for four): Tang insists that his take is the best, and we agree. Shrimp and leafy greens are slathered in pork fat, wrapped in dough and then steamed to juicy perfection.

  • A colorful spread of dim sum at Dim Sum Go Go, right off Chatham Square.

  • Hop Shing's shrimp rice noodle roll ($2 for three); the green-hued spinach dumplings ($3.25 for three) at Dim Sum Go Go.

  • The morning rush for buns at Hop Shing.

  • Hop Shing's regulars, sharing dim sum and reading the paper.

  • The menu and a tray of jiggly egg custards at Bread Talk on Catherine Street.

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor's head chef folding together the shrimp and snowpea leaf dumpling ($4.50 for four); a tin of the freshly steamed dumplings.

  • A platter of choy sum ($9), a type of Chinese cabbage, sautéed and ready for delivery at Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

  • Shrimp and bacon rolls ($4 for three) ready to be served at Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

  • Inside the historic Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown's first dim sum restaurant open since 1920.

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88 Palace 88 E. Broadway New York NY 10002 212-941-8886 Fong Inn Too 46 Mott St. New York NY 10013 212-962-5196 Hop Shing 9 Chatham Sq. New York NY 10038 212-267-0220 Dim Sum Go Go 5 E. Broadway New York NY 10002 212-732-0797 Bread Talk 47 Catherine St. New York NY 10038 917-832-4784 Nom Wah Tea Parlor 13 Doyers St. New York NY 10013 212-962-6047

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