The bar b q roast pork at
Buddha Bodai Vegetarian Restaurant - http://www.chinatownvegetarian.com/
5 Mott St, New York - (212) 566-8388 and at
Buddha Bodai - http://www.chinatownvegetarian.com/
4296 Main St, Flushing - (718) 939-1188
I was on my monthly, (actually whenever I get down to Chinatown) shopping trip usually stocking up at May Wah (http://www.vegieworld.com/) 213 Hester Street, New York, NY 10013 Tel: 212.334.4428 Fax: 212.334.4423 one block north of Canal St between Centre and Baxter St.
They have tons of chicken, pork, beef, etc., veggie substitutions and couldn't resist heading down Mott St. and picking up a quart. It's pricey at 12 bucks but it's so good. I use it for my fried rice and also heat up some bow (buns) and add this to whatever else might be inside.
I also ordered the sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. They told me to steam for 10 minutes but it took closer to 20 to get the insides nice and hot. Sticky starchy sweet rice (duh, it's called that for a reason) and fake meat inside in a sweetish sauce.
It's an easy thing to stuff your face with. Not on the top rung of the culinary ladder but clearly over the line of good tasting and easy to eat.
On a sad note, I found out that the owner of May May, just 3 stores down from Mott St. on Pell St. retired and there is no one making those other vegetarian dumplings. Since it happened a year ago how much could I miss them right?
So that is why I put up addresses and phone numbers making it as easy as I can to patronize my favorite stores.
A few blocks up Hester Street used to be a huge Asian market called the Dynasty Market. Well, it's still there just about 1/4 of the size so this patronizing thing is serious.
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