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Looking for Tong Shui (Cantonese Desserts)

xigua Sep 8, 2006 03:06 PM

Are there any restaurants that sell a good, varied selection of tong shui (red bean soup etc) now that both sweet-n-tart locations in manhattan are gone?

  1. Brian S Sep 8, 2006 04:11 PM

    I've never seen tong shui on a menu but quite a few Chinatown restaurants have given me bowls of it at the end of a meal. Which means they have it. I guess you just have to ask. Once at New Big Wang they gave me a bowl made with sweet corn! (likely the canned creamed corn that oldtimers love)

    1. CTownFeedR Sep 8, 2006 04:27 PM

      Sweet and Tart Cafe at 76 Mott street in Chinatown. Well known for their Tong Shui.

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      1. re: CTownFeedR
        ndl Sep 8, 2006 04:33 PM

        it is closed. the only sweet n' tart left is in flushing, sadly.

        1. re: ndl
          CTownFeedR Sep 8, 2006 06:21 PM

          I thought only the 20 Mott location closed and the 76 Mott was still open. Not the case?


      2. CTownFeedR Sep 8, 2006 06:25 PM

        I'll answer my own question as I just called - both locations in Manhattan are closed.

        1. ndl Sep 8, 2006 09:04 PM

          yeah, the restaurant just closed a couple of weeks ago, while the cafe was closed last year. the sign on the door of the big one said they lost their lease. very sad. this was a favorite for so long. i don't know where else to find tong shui!

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          1. re: ndl
            Brian S Nov 5, 2006 04:34 PM

            The Sweet n Tart in Flushing is still going strong, and it's very close to the subway station.

          2. csw Sep 9, 2006 04:18 PM

            xo kitchen on hester street between bowery and elizabeth and Sun Dou dumpling shop on grand street between elizabeth and mott.

            1. vicki_vale Sep 9, 2006 11:36 PM

              I second the vote for XO Kitchen on Hester. It's open late at night too.

              The better big Cantonese restaurants will also have tong sui that's not red bean soup, especially at the end of a 10-course banquet meal. The seasonal tong sui (like summer honeydew melon tapioca in coconut milk) are probably not listed on the menu so you'll have to ask.

              If you ever find tiny diced water chestnut trapped in beads of transparent jelly floating in featherlight syrup, let me know where. I think I ate this once maybe twenty years ago, made by a famous Hong Kong chef.

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                Peter Cherches Sep 10, 2006 12:31 AM

                This is outer boroughs, but Groovy Taste in Sunset Park has a similar menu to Sweet & Tart. I haven't tried sweets, but their food is very good.


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                  xigua Sep 10, 2006 01:06 AM

                  Thanks for the recommendations! I actually went to both XO Kitchen and Sun Dou in the last 2 days..lol..
                  Sun Dou had one type of sweet soup left at 3 pm today, which i ate. It was sweet potato soup with glutinous riceballs. Not bad
                  XO kitchen had a larger menu and the basics, but the sweets menu is not big as sweet-n-tart was. I had the double boiled egg custard with ginger essence, yummy! Oh, and my favorite deep fried chinese buns (mantou) dipped in condensed milk...

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                    HLing Sep 11, 2006 04:06 AM

                    There's Ren Ren on I think Bayard...between Mott and Elizabeth. It's an odd place that has rattle snake soup and the likes on the menu..(but it's always been out when I asked) as well as a pretty decent Vegetarian over the rice dish and a flavorful Beef Chow He Fun.

                    Their Tong Sui have a very home-made quality to it...Nothing fancy, just plain and simple.

                    1. designerboy01 Nov 5, 2006 08:53 AM

                      Yuen Yuen on Bayard street by the corner of Elizabeth use to have many different kinds of Tong Sui. I haven't eaten it there for quite a while. The restaurant has been there for at least 30 years. Its an old school place.

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