What is Tang Jai Jook, also known as Sampan Congee?

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A famous Cantonese congee is called “tang jai jook” which is very popular in Hong Kong. Back in the days, the fishermen there lived in wooden boats called sampan and included peanuts, dried squid, fish slices, etc. in their congee.

You can always make this on your own and get ingredients from Hong Kong Supermarket. If not, Great NY Noodletown has a delicious one on their menu! Don’t forget to order the fried crullers, a fried Chinese bread, to go along with it!

Hong Kong Supermarket
157 Hester St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-4943

Great NY Noodletown
28 Bowery Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 349-0923

Dimes in Chinatown

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Photo credit: No Leftovers NYC

On the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side is a little gem called Dimes. It is great for patrons who are budget conscious, vegetarian, like the healthy lifestyle, and raw food. Those who frequent Dimes enjoy the pulled chicken sandwich, the acai bowls, and the BLT. I mean come on, who says no to lime mayo?

Dimes
143 Division St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 240-9410

How to Get This Photo of East Broadway

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If you follow any NYC based photographer or Instagrammer, you have probably seen this picture overlooking East Broadway. Where do you take it?

Here’s the secret: grab a friend or loved one and take a walk on the Manhattan bridge. If you have more time, start in Brooklyn. If you have less time, start walking from the Chinatown side. We guarantee that you’ll find a few sights that are photo worthy!

Revenge of the Green Dragon Trailer

Inspired by Frederick Dannen’s New Yorker article about Asian-American gangs in Queens, “Revenge of the Green Dragon” (executive produced by THE Martin Scorsese) is set to debut in the Toronto Film Festival next month. This movie stars Ray Liotta, Justin Chon (Twilight), Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) and Jin (rapper, actor) in a 1990′s NYC set filmed in Chinatown, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Check out the trailer here:

Two-Story Hot Pot Restaurant in Chinatown

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If you’re a hot pot fan like I am, grab a bunch of friends and head to Chinatown’s new 99 Favor Taste! The fresh meat, vegetable, and seafood are unlimited for $21.99, but if you like Korean BBQ, that’s available too for 5 dollars more. The grill and pot are in the center of the table so you and your friends can have fun cooking your own food.

Last week, my friends and I went for the first time to celebrate two birthdays. The service was fantastic, very personalized, and we sat in a semi-private room in the mezzanine level.

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99 Favor Taste LES
285 Grand Street
646) 682-9122
Take the D train to Grand Street
Opened from noon to 1AM daily

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Reservations are available and so are semi-private rooms, giving you and your loved ones a designated space to celebrate any event! Check out their Facebook page here.