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Oct 29, 2006 11:48 AM

How to do breakfast in Chinatown?

This would open up a whole new world for me...what are one's options? Dim sum (how early?) is one, of course--others?

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  1. I like to get to dimsum at 11, earlier then that, certain items are not availave. Also earlier then 11 you cant order stuff from the kitchen like various noodle dishes. (if you have a crowd, too much food if alone).

    You can also get alot of the same items at the bakeries, especially all the buns. Usually they have a few fried items as well such as taro dumplings, spring rolls, etc..

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    1. re: hargau

      Yes, I should've specified I'm less interested in baked goods--more curious about congee etc.

    2. Recently, I've been pleased with the pork and duck egg congee at Double Rich Bakery a small place on the outskirts of Chinatwon on Lincoln near Beach. It has a nice sesame oil kick to it and the pork is tender. It's best eaten right away and doesn;t reheat well. Mei Sum has congee as well but I prefer to get the shrimp rice noodles (cheung fun) and their Bahn mi.

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      1. re: gourmaniac

        Ah, thanks! I was about to post again on this as lack of response has fired up my curiosity even more. That sounds wonderful, and I'm going to try it this week! Any other recs? This all started simply b/c I noticed CCC opens at 8 AM daily or something and I wondered what the heck they were serving.

        1. re: tatamagouche

          ccc and hei la moon at least open at 8:30 am, and if you go that early you can get the basic stuff like pork buns, har gau, siu mai and the like. during the week dim sum's a lot lower key than it is on the weekend--chances are if you go that early it'll just be you, some solo older chinese men and a couple of tables worth of older chinese women. fairly often i go to hei la moon alone just for a few dumplings, it's a great quick breakfast.

      2. Agreed on Hei la moon for dim sum breakfast. It opens at 8:30 and it's a nice quiet place to read the newspaper and have wait as the carts go by. The variety is less but quality is still good. At 8:30-9, I've also had stuffed bean curd skins, cheung fun (long rice noodles) and fried shrimp rolls with celery.

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          Mmm. Great to know. Thanks, hargau, passing thru, gourmaniac!

        2. For something that's not Cantonese dim sum, you can also get a basic breakfast with soy milk (sweet or salty) with fried crullers for dipping into the soy milk at places like Taiwan Cafe and New Shanghai. TC serves a number of Taiwanese breakfast items that are decent (prefer Chung Shin Yuan's versions) such as pan fried turnip cakes, seaweed with garlic, tofu skins stuffed with finely ground pork and waterchestnuts.

          I like the Northern Chinese flat bread (jia bing) sandwiching lovely sliced of beef with scallions and dabs of what tasted like hoisin sauce at New Shanghai. There's a bunch of other breakfast items that are from either the Shanghai area or more Northern Chinese. Haven't had a chance to try them all.

          Don't know what time the Vietnamese places open, but pho is typically a breakfast food.

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          1. re: limster

            Ah, the New Shanghai item sounds awesome. I may have to propose a Chinatown breakfast crawl someday soon.

            1. re: limster

              The breakfast items at Taiwan Cafe are pretty good - very flaky and deep fried. They do a version of the jia bing that I'm not in love with - I gotta agree with limster's recommendation of New Shanghai.

              For Japanese, ramen would be a great breakfast food.

              1. re: limster

                Are New Shanghai and Taiwan Cafe open for breakfast on weekdays? They would be a nice alternative to my usuals.

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  I don't think they're open weekdays for breakfast, but not 100% sure.

              2. China Pearl has everything- well beyond traditional baked goods "bao". Get there early because the line is LONG!