Talking, walking, eating our way through Chinatown is going to be a fun adventure. I want to make Chinatown a true destination by showing a more intimate, local side of this great gem.
I’m a nearly native New Yorker who moved from Hong Kong, to the big, tall island of Manhattan, as a skinny seven year old girl. Disappointment by dismal dim sum at that tender age made me miss my earlier home and traditions. I have since tried to find foods that reminded me of where I’m from. I found some at Big Wong on Mott Street, where my dad worked as a waiter when I was a kid. I attended a Chinese school across the street from Big Wong, and every week day, he would send me off to class with congee and fritters - comfort food.
Luckily, in the two decades I’ve lived in and around New York’s Chinatown, the food here has gotten a lot better and more diversified. We will have a chance to load up on good foods and learn a little bit about Chinese American history and culture in NYC.