Roast Duck, Rice, Cabbage = $5.25

IMG_3277The idea was to get a quick bite before going to a Pride party at BGSQD.  I saw a sign for a bakery and even though it goes against every word I have ever said on this blog I have a thing for BBQ Pork buns, though as fate would have it I never made it to the bakery.

I got distracted when I  walked past Wah Fung No 1 Fast Food  and noticed a line up.  

In the window I saw this:IMG_3266In reality it was $5.25. However, it was by no means “on a small rice”.  It was on rice enough for 2 or 3 people with a generous portion of cooked cabbage and a huge amount of meat.IMG_3274When I stopped there was a line up of about 6-8 people in front of me that wound out the shop in front of the window.IMG_3271IMG_3267I joined the line. With the exception of the guy in front of me everyone waiting was Asian. As we waited for the one guy who was in charge of the roasted meat section of Wah Fung to serve everyone, the Australian guy, who is visiting from Sydney, and I got chatting.  He said the first time he walked by the line up was down the block and that he always gets the same thing, the pork, which he pointed out comes in two forms, Roasted Pig and BBQ.  So he gets half and half also for $5.25. The Roasted Pig is a thick slab of unctuous white meat completed with crispy brown skin.IMG_3272When it was my turn I ordered the Roast Duck.  Roast Meat places are on nearly every block in Chinatown.  Wah Fung distinguishes itself by serving not only brilliantly cooked meats, but by serving them in huge portions that actually even include a vegetable! They also have a selection of prepared foods which one customer jumped the line to get.  When I looked all the signs were in Chinese so not really sure what was on offer. I’m going to go back and explore more, so will report back when I do.  If you go in the Summer there is a park right across the street that you can find a bench to sit on and enjoy your feast.

Wah Fung is located at 79 Chrystie Street on the West side of the street about a block south of Grand street where Chinatown meets the Lower East Side.IMG_3276


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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