Last meal in NYC, and I spent it with some of my NYC whanau. I honestly love spending time with my NYC whanau and wish I could see them more often. We are all foodies and love catching up. However, my cousins picked this place. It is famous for its wontons. My cousins ordered, and they knew just what to order.
First up was some razor clams, which I think were coated in a Salt and Pepper style. It was, at times, quite spicy as they added in fresh jalapenos (which we don’t get fresh in NZ and was so good). The clams were super fresh, and the dish was so lovely.
Next was half a fried chicken which was also very good. A lovely crispy coating with good seasoning, in some places, so deep-fried you could eat some of the thinner bones. It was just so yummy and tasty. Interestingly, no one ate the white meat as it was dry, and if they had only served it with dark meat, we would have gone with that option.
Next were the pea shots. In NZ, these are expensive, as people don’t harvest these. Instead, they let them mature and grow and produce peas. Once that has happened, the pea shots get all tough and are not worth eating, but if you pick them before they start to flower, their shots are really sweet, and if you cook them in garlic, it is the best Chinese vegetable you can eat. It is so yummy.
Then came the Peking duck, which, interestingly enough were surprised we ordered it as it is a considerable process to have this dish. However, when this arrived, the plate had been modified, so it was easier to create. So here, they use bao buns instead of the thin pancakes, which are already pre-filled for you with the duck and spring onions. The only thing you need to add is the hoisin sauce. However, what was missing was the cucumber. However, this was an excellent dish, just a lot heavier than I expected, so I only ate one of them.
Next was the prawns in a mayo-like sauce with broccoli and candied walnuts. I initially thought the deep-fried prawns were in an white egg sauce, but I was wrong, and the prawns were sweeter due to the mayo. I had to eat this with rice; otherwise, it was too rich for me, but another good dish.
Lastly were the wontons, and we got the three type wontons. They came with the classic version with prawns, then with pork and then another version with prawns and Chinese chives in a bone broth soup. Wow this was a good dish. The soup was super tasty and all three of the different wontons were super good and could see why this place was so popular with the locals.
Overall, so pleased my cousins took me to this place and tried one of their favourite local haunts. An interesting thing about chinese dinning in NYC is that you don’t get a rice bowl and eat your food off a plate. For me, it just makes things super different and just found it weird. It also makes harder to eat rice, but interesting how this has come to be in NYC and even potentially in USA. It is what it is I suppose.
Address: 165 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Website: Wu’s Wonton King