Chinese New Year is just around the corner. I thought it’d be a good way to wrap up the Year of the Dragon with our top 10 favorite Asian dishes, mainly from countries who also celebrate the lunar new year. So here we go, peace out dragon, and HARRO to the year of the snake!
1. Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market’s Salt and Pepper Abalone and French Toast. Chinese people love this ish and I never really understood why. That was until I had it prepared salt and pepper style at the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish market! It was soft and chewy with a nice crispy coating with just a little kick from the salt, pepper and chili flakes. The BEST abalone I’ve ever had! They have an amazing French Toast with condensed milk that you have to try!
102 Shek Pai Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
2. Tonghua Night Market’s (通化街夜市) Fried Egg Green Onion Pancake (炒蛋蔥餅). This deep fried green onion pancake attached to a fried egg was one of the most delicious things I ate in Taipei. As you bite into the egg yolk, the runny yolk bursts and oozes all over fried green onion cake. Every bite has the perfect combination of the crispy flaky green onion cake and creamy egg yolk.
3. Xi’an Famous Foods’ Stewed Oxtail Hand-Ripped Noodles. Xi’an’s noodles are hand-pulled and cooked to perfection al dente Chinese style. The thickness of the noodles allow all that spicy flavorful broth to be soaked with a nice accompaniment of tender ox tail. Sooo friggin’ good, I find myself craving this ish all the time.
81 St. Mark’s Place, New York, NY 10003
4. Tim Ho Wan’s Baked BBQ Pork Buns. These bad boys have a crispy sweet crust stuffed with piping hot honey BBQ pork. Best buns ever, seriously! Super cheap too, priced at less than $0.70 USD per bun!
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
5. 順興隆桂記荳品廠‘s Tofu Pudding with Soy Milk. I have no clue what this translates to in English, but it’s a soy bean spot in Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, that’s been around since my dad was a youngin’. It’s the best tofu pudding I’ve ever had, silky smooth, sweet and always fresh. Love this place!
451 Shun Ning Rd, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong
6. Kowloon Tang’s Peking Duck. I lurveee Peking Duck and It’s one of my favorite Chinese dishes! Kowloon Tang does their Peking Duck 3 ways!
First, crispy skin is served with a bowl of sugar. The duck is to meant to be eaten by dabbing the duck skin into the sugar creating a thin sugary coating. It’s delicious, sweet and literally melts in your mouth.
Next, duck meat without skin was served with hoisin sauce. The duck meat is moist, tender and flavorful.
The third style of Peking duck, was the tradish ish. Super good and I’d have to agree with the critics, potentially the best Peking duck ever!
Shop R002-003, 3/F, Roof Deck, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
7. Boka’s Bon Chon Chicken. I can’t get enough of this Korean fried chicken coated in soy garlic or spicy sauce. You can either order drumsticks, wings or both! I prefer the meaty drumsticks though. Mmmm that juicy tender succulent meat with crispy crunchy skin glazed with that sweet tangy sauce is an unreal combination. SOO GOOD.
9 Saint Marks Pl # D, New York, NY
8. Megan’s Kitchen’s Hot Pot. This one’s not really one specific dish, but Megan’s Hot Pot has an awesome range of the CRAYest soup bases and the dopest hot pot dishes to choose from. You have to try the Cheese Souffle with Onion Soup Base, Tomato & Crab Soup in Soufflé Finish, Japanese Beef with Black Truffle Dumplings, and Deep Fried Dough with Shrimp Paste!
5/F Lucky Center, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai
9. Kam Wah Cafe’s Pineapple Buns and Egg Tarts. This place is known for their award winning Pineapple Buns! The top crust is super crispy and there is a HUGE slab of butter sandwiched between the bun. The egg tarts are also pretty amazing and have a buttery flaky crust filled with sweet and creamy piping hot egg custard.
Look at all that butttaahh!
My favorite egg tarts in town!
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
10. Shilin Night Market’s (士林夜市) Small Sausage Wrapped in Big Sausage (大餅包小餅). Small sausage wrapped in big sausauge is a Taiwanese pork sausage wrapped in a slightly larger sticky rice sausage. Thematically similar to a hot dog but replacing the bun with sticky rice and the hot dog for Taiwanese sausage. The sausage is slightly spicy and flavorful. The rice bun has a nice chewy texture and soaks up all that sauce and juicy from the sausage.