Eldridge Street in NYC Manhattan's Chinatown is also known among locals as Fuzhou Street 2. (East Broadway Street is Fuzhou Street 1.)
Fuzhou people arrived in New York from around the 1990s and brought with them cuisine such as Fuzhou fish balls, dumplings and hand-pulled noodles.
I explored Eldridge Street today, where there are a few dumpling shops including Vanessa Dumpling and Prosperity Dumpling which are pretty
Walking down Eldridge Street, I stumbled upon Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine Restaurant at the junction with Broome Street.
The little restaurant looked popular with locals judging from the constant streams of people going in and out of the tiny restaurant. Stepping inside, the space was compact and decor was bare bones. But, it was clean and felt welcoming and cheerful with friendly and efficient service.
I got this simple USD2 peanut sauce noodles on a Styrofoam plate.
Simple generic flat egg noodles which were cooked soft al dente with a slight spring.
The noodles were tossed in a blend of peanut sauce, oil and soy sauce. The blended sauce had a layered savoury sweet peanut flavour and a nutty aroma.
Simple, inexpensive and delicious.
I got 12 (? I didn't count) of these chive and minced pork dumplings for USD3.
Simple dumpling with everything from the thin skin, fresh chives to marinated minced pork were all just right. I like it that the minced pork was not overly fatty.
Very satisfying and comforting. It's not the wow! kind of feeling but a very heartwarming kind of contentment. It's as good as any that I have tried in China, Singapore, Malaysia or at home ;-D
If you are looking for dumplings and noodles as comfort food, this is a good place to get it. If you are looking to experience a Chinese staple, exactly the way it is prepared and served in China, this is a good place to sample it.