Before we even arrived in The Big Apple, Cat mentioned that she really wants to try some dim sum there. I was trying to decide between a couple places in Flushing & Chinatown but we ended up here – Jing Fong in Chinatown just because it is more accessible.
I was surprised to be greeted by an escalator that seem to be going up forever to get to the restaurant.
A greeter at the main door on the ground floor; then two more before the actual dining area. Not too shabby for a Chinese restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon.
I was surprised at how busy it was considering it was a weekday, ordering dim sum item after dim sum item.
Shrimp Dumpling (Har Gaw)
This was not bad. Nothing great with skin that is a little thicker than I would have liked but the filling was not bad.
Pork & Shrimp Dumpling (Siu Mai)
The siu mai is not bad as well. It was juicy & seasoned quite well. Not much shrimp in there but overall pretty decent.
Spare Ribs with Taro
Pretty good. The meat was nice, tender wit bits of chewy fat. Taro is a lot more subtle than I am used to because I prefer the black bean version. It gave it a nice creaminess.
Deep Fried Taro Dumpling (Wu Kok)
I get excited when I see these bursting with little flakes of the taro creating this bird’s nest effect. The exterior was nice and crispy, with smooth well seasoned taro. It did not absorb much oil from deep frying so it was not too greasy. Filling was not bad.
Black Pepper Beef Short Ribs
The beef was fatty and tender but it had way too much black pepper. It was so strong that it killed my tastebuds and anything else that I have tasted.
Braised Beef Tendon
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
I was very disappointed with this dish. It sounded great but came out looking fairly unappetising. It was stone cold and quite hard. The shrimp was actually shrimp paste that is quite tasty. But it was too cold to enjoy.
I love the authenticity of the tofu pudding. I got so excited when I saw this nice wooden vat; and it is scooped out by the order.
My favourite of the day. It was so smooth and delicious w a nice sweet syrup. We were quite full but we ate it all coz it just went down so easily.
Total Damage: $25 (including a coke, tax & tip)
Personal Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (good)
We were surprised at how cheap our meal ended up to be, and I could not figure it out until I checked out their website. they have dim sum special every weekday: All items (regardless whether it is considered small, medium or large) are all $2.25! What a great deal. Now it totally made sense!
Nothing was spectacular but everything was average or better. At such a great price point, can’t really complain. I am not sure what their regular prices are.
.Jing Fong 20 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013