Another day in New York and there was much more exploring to be done. On the only really sunny day of the holiday, we decided to walk around Manhattan with my Mum’s friend Jess and her daughter Emma, both who know the city like the back of their hands. Starting off in the park Washington Square, we soaked up some April rays and people-watched as many chose to lunch al fresco in the park. We, however, had our own lunch agenda, and headed off to Chinatown to Nom Wah Tea Parlour – New York city’s oldest dim sum house.
Outside it doesn’t look like much, and you get the feeling it hasn’t seen much redecoration in its 95 years of existence. But that, along with the less than friendly wait staff, is all part of the charm of this Chinatown institution. Arriving hungry and excited to try as much as we could, we fired off the orders.
Dumplings were a must, and we opted for an array of fish, meat and veggie. The shrimp & snow pea dumplings were potentially my favorite, although they were all pretty damn tasty. The salt and pepper squid was another stand out dish for me. And no picking off the skin or head- I ate every part and loved it. One thing I liked less were the taro balls we had ordered, but more on taro later.
Being the offal lover I am, I ordered a portion of chicken feet for the table to share. Turned out they were just for me, as no one actually fancied giving them a go. It’s a shame, as my mum even said they smelt really good, but I think the idea of eating a chicken’s extremities isn’t for everyone. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed them – they came steamed in a black bean sauce and were delicious!
This lunch was one of my favorite meals of the trip. The restaurant had a great atmosphere, and I liked that it wasn’t in the least bit fancy or pretentious, despite how highly praised it is. In the past I’ve never been keen on Chinese food, always winding up feeling quite ill after eating it. However now I have learnt the difference between a dodgy chicken chow mein from a chippie in Leeds and an authentic, traditional dim sum meal, I’ll be sure to eat it again.
Chinatown was a brilliant trip, and I highly recommend the Now Wah Tea Parlour to anyone in NYC. By no means is this the end of my Big Apple bites, so keep reading for what’s yet to come – yogurt bars and a goat curry anyone?