Hello again! I’m now back in the birth coast again, and naturally, here’s a post about the food I’ve been eating so far.
Every time my family and I make a trip to the east coast, we stop by this little restaurant for a meal (often more than one time a day). My mom and my dad have been coming to this family-owned joint for more than twenty years when they attended NYU. My mom says this place has been around for at least 30-40 years; the owners still remember her and what she loves as well!
Located in Chinatown, Manhattan in New York is Bo Ky, a restaurant that serves food from the 潮州 region of China. It’s like a mix of Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine, and it’s only deliciousness when they come together.
My mom and my dad’s favorite dish is the Cambodian noodle soup. I think the broth base for Bo Ky’s noodle soups are all the same, but it’s soooo good. This bowl of noodles has flat rice noodles, pork, shrimp, and fish balls. It comes super hot, almost boiling, just like my family and I love our soups.
My family and I usually order a country duck on the side. I can’t really describe the dish but it’s basically braised duck with its own juices. Au naturale, baby.
This one is my little brother’s favorite dish: BBQ pork over rice. It really is something amazing. The pork is usually really tender and so flavorful with the right amount of char and the right amount of the pork’s sauce over the mound of rice. 10/10 would stuff into my mouth.
As for me? Well, I usually like to get both because I love them both equally as much. On a side note, we didn’t order the egg rolls this time around, but we had them last time, and they were fried to perfection – so amazing, I know.
But how could we forget about dessert? I had known about The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for a while, but I had no idea that it was so close to Bo Ky. It’s on the same street. You can’t imagine how I loudly I exclaimed “DADCANWEGETICECREAMAFTERIKNOWAREALLYREALLYREALLYREALLYGOODPLACE!!” and it wasn’t even a question.
Wow…this was easily one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had in my life. My little brother and I tried the egg custard tart flavor, which tastes like those yellow puddings in small cups, but we settled with two other flavors. Despite my lactose intolerance, and despite my brother’s strong aversion towards green things (vegetables), we decided to get black sesame and pandan on a sugar cone for $6.99. A bit pricey, but so worth it. We polished this off in minutes and did not even fight over who hogged the ice cream, not did we say a word about getting more dessert for the rest of the ride back to our hotel. It was glorious.