Apologize greatly for the lack of updates. Been extremely busy with work and such but found this deal that is too hard to pass. Especially since the original spot was my second review.
Head on over to Scoutmob for this deal, I’m going to try it out personally tomorrow.
Should have posted this in the summer but the lovely Banh Mi Saigon has moved right around the corner to 198 Grand St. New York NY.
Same great sandwich but at a more roomier place. The jewelery store moved as well.
Tasty Hand Pull Noodles Inc.
1 Doyers St.
New York, NY 10013
Noodles are my favorite Chinese dish, whether it be in broth, pan fried or even rice crepes. I had high expectations heading in to this place. A fellow reader told me about it last summer! Sorry I never had a chance to try them out (Pat).
The restaurant is located on a famous block in Chinatown with historical significance. Several scenes from Chow Yun Fat’s The Corruptor was filmed there. Okay, back to noodles. The restaurant is not very big, but for a hand pulled noodle place, its quite large because I’m used to real hole in the wall joints.
My noodles were quite bouncy and tasty, the broth was not overly salty which was a major plus. There are too many places where the broth is just MSG and water. I love how they give cilantro on the side so you can have as much as you want because often I feel that there’s not enough cilantro.
5 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013
I’m not a vegetarian, in fact, I’m probably the furthest from one. I love a thick steak or juicy burger anytime. But this place had some really good fake meats.
This is my first experience at a vegetarian restaurant. I’ve tried vegetarian dishes before but always crave meats after consumption. I guess its the lack of enough protein in my meal, however at Buddha Bodai I came out very full and satisfied.
Started off with the corn soup. It is made in the style of the ying yang where the dark portion is spinach. I felt the soup was kind of bland in taste but low sodium is what’s in right?
I wasn’t as impressed by the “char siu” meat. The texture did not feel like real meat nor tasted like char siu. The fried tofu was fantastic. Its a must order.
Finally, my favorite was the stir fried noodles with beef slices. The noodles had very nice texture and for a second I thought the beef slices were real.
Peking Duck House
28 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
I guess I expected too much from a restaurant that specializes in Peking Duck. When I studied abroad in China, I went to the original Peking Duck house in Beijing. The restaurant served famous people such as Dr. Sun Yat-Sun and Mao Zedong. Perhaps you can say I was spoiled but I didn’t see what was so special about the duck there.
The house special Peking Duck dinner at Peking Duck House is too much. At $35 per head for a duck plus two entrees for four people. That means its $140 for a duck, two dishes some hot and sour soup and dessert. Pretty ridiculous for a restaurant on Mott St. (I have a feeling the deal is for people who don’t know better.)
If you want to visit the restaurant, then just get dishes and share it family style, including the duck by itself. It’s much better deal and you get more ‘real’ food. Our group was split in half, so I had the chance to experience both. I really enjoyed the walnut shrimps because the shrimps were gigantic. Amazingly, I enjoyed the General Tsao’s Chicken and Sweet and Sour fried pork chops. The sesame chicken was not as good but really what is the difference?
There are extra seating downstairs in case you think its a full house. Decor is pretty modern and clean, they allow you to BYOB so you can get quite tipsy for cheap.