Today, I went to Jing Fong restaurant 金豐大酒樓 NYC Chinatown for dim sum with reader Viviene :D
Viviene, who grew up in Stulang Laut, Johor Bahru now lives in New York City. She has been following Johor Kaki for nearly 3 years because she enjoys seeing her hometown food. Johor Kaki is not yet 3 years, so that means that Viviene has been supporting this blog since the beginning! Thank you Viviene for your support :-D Appreciate it much :-)
We picked Jing Fong for the meet up because this restaurant still have these charming old style dim sum push carts, something no longer seen in Singapore, Jay Bee (Johor Bahru) or Kay Elle (Kuala Lumpur).
The food constantly moving among the tables on specially designed mobile steamers is the best way to enjoy dim sum.
It's Friday morning and the large banquet hall was very busy with all the usual bustle and sounds that make dim sum places irresistibly charming. Yum cha 飲茶 or "drink tea" is a casual social event where friends and family meet up. On weekends, it is normal to wait an hour outside for a seat at Jing Fong.
Two of us shared a variety of dim sum dishes.
Boiled kai lan (Chinese kale). Very fresh, I liked this.
The chee cheong fun (rice rolls) were lightly pan seared before serving.
Meaty siew mai (minced pork and shrimp dumpling).
Our must have dim sum...., gasp...... braised chicken feet.
Steamed ribs, a Cantonese comfort dish.
Har kau (shrimp dumpling).
Century egg congee, another Cantonese comfort dish.
All these food plus a pot of Chinese black tea came to USD24 (before tax and tips).
Jing Fong is a old style dim sum hall serving classics in chunky, meaty portions - not the contemporary dainty, elegant "designer" style dim sum. The food was tasty though not exquisite. Jing Fong is an excellent introduction to dim sum with an authentic ambiance, rolling food trolleys included, which is getting harder to find around the world (Asia included).
View of Jing Fong from Elizabeth Street.
View from Bowery Street.
Restaurant name: Jing Fong Restaurant 金豐大酒樓
Address: 20 Elizabeth Street, NYC, New York
Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (dim sum for brunch only)
Date visited: 12 Dec 2014
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