On Diana's last day, we hit up a soup dumpling spot in Chinatown to balance out all the sweets we had been eating. We waltzed into Shanghai Asian Manor which turned out to be one of the nicest Chinese restaurants - I mean, it was clean. And look at this modern art work on the wall. Class-y!
Seeing we only had a half hour before we both had to split to our second brunches of the day, we quickly ordered a batch of "tiny pork dumplings." The essential ginger vinegar soy sauce.
And after five minutes, our tiny dumplings. Fat little bundles of soupy goodness.
So we all pounced on the restaurant for fear it might mysteriously close again. (Maybe we all need some hobbies.)
Requisite shrimp spring rolls were tightly bundled and balanced in shrimp and filling.
Freshly fried, crisp, and good pork filling.
Dapper Harry happily presented his banh cuon cha lua.
The dish features thin steamed rice crepes with this funky round pork that I never really know how to describe other than it's like Vietnamese spam, but better, but just as ambiguous.
The ca ri ga (Vietnamese chicken yellow curry) is served with a toasted baguette. Jean says it tasted okay, but the broth could've been a little thicker.
The banh xeo here keeps its crunch despite sitting out for awhile, which is a plus. The minus is that the crepe isn't very flavorful, and it's pretty greasy.
I've been so hopeful that Ninh Kieu was going to be just great, but it was merely fine. We all agreed it warrants another visit to try something else, but maybe not too soon.
Han's Nonsensical Rating: Shanghai Asian Manor and Ninh Kieu are okay restaurant options - nothing extraordinary, will fill the stomachs and pretty good for tourists and American guests since they're both remarkably clean!
21 Mott St
New York, NY
New York, NY