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China Fun - Chinese Breakfast ...not bad

Lau Jun 10, 2007 10:38 AM

So, I went to China Fun for breakfast today to see if it was even decent (I half expected it to be horrible) and to my surprise it wasn't bad especially for Manhattan...i'll probably be returning at some point since its close to my gf's apt. The restaurant itself is decent inside, service was fine and this is what we got:

- xian dou jiang (savory soy bean milk) - served pretty standard with cut up you tiao (crueller), hot oil, vinegar and some cilantro; definately not like eating in taiwan, but beggars can't be choosers and i was pretty happy with this
- shao bing (sesame bread) - this was good, i'm pretty sure that it was made in morning and then re-heated, but again it wasn't bad
- fan tuan (rice roll) - it was so so, it was stuffed with flossed prok and suan cai (pickled veg), wasn't anything great, but was a nice complement to the meal (tasted better once you soaked it in some dou jiang)
- you tiao - these were good b/c they had just been cooked (i love it when its fresh) although they came out a bit late in the meal
- cha shao bao (cha siu bao - roast pork bun) - got the steamed ones just b/c i love them, they were fresh, the bread was actually pretty decent, the filling was just okay

Overall, I was pretty happy with it, its kind of funny b/c there are two distinct crowds there...group a) is the neighborhood people who are stopping by for the typical americanized dishes and the b) the chinese people like me who were specifically there for the breakfast dishes. Fyi, they only serve it on the weekends. Anyhow, I dont know if id go out of my way for it, but if you're in the neighborhood, you should stop by...also their congee looked pretty good although i was too full to try some

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    piccola RE: Lau Jun 10, 2007 11:11 AM

    I'm completely ignorant about traditional Chinese breakfasts - how do you eat the soymilk/crueller combo (I'm curious about the hot oil, etc.)? Are there any vegetarian buns, etc, or is it just pork?

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      Lau RE: piccola Jun 10, 2007 01:20 PM

      its all served together here, they put the vinegar and hot oil in, the vinegar makes the soy bean milk curdle (so i looks kinda chunky, doesn't sounds good, i just dont know how else to explain) and they also put in the you tiao (crueller), which has been chopped up. I've been to places that put it in for you and some that give it to you on the side.

      The bun is a cantonese thing, you can get them at any place in chinatown (i recommend mei lai wah), they have bbq pork in them, there are also ones called da bao (dai bao - literally big bun) that have like chicken, mushroom etc in them. Sometimes they will have vegetable buns as well, i cant remember if they had them at china fun or not

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        piccola RE: Lau Jun 10, 2007 05:01 PM

        You're right, it doesn't sound too appetizing. But let's face it, a lot of great-tasting things sound and look horrible.

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      Aimee RE: Lau Jun 10, 2007 12:38 PM

      which china fun location?

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        Lau RE: Aimee Jun 10, 2007 01:21 PM

        1221 2nd ave (2nd ave bet 64th and 63rd)

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          wadawada RE: Lau Jun 10, 2007 07:44 PM

          Funny, I just had the China Fun breakfast stuff at their location on the UWS. As you stated, it's not bad at all for Manhattan. Got the savory soy milk, fried cruellers, scallion pancake, and the chicken wonton in spicy sauce. The savory soy milk was not bad - a bit salty but have to say it's actually second best compared to my favorite place in Flushing. Their scallion pancake, while greasy, was very flavorful - definitely one of the better versions I've had. The chicken wonton was very good - sauce was garlicky and a bit spicy. Given how close this is to my apt, I have to say that I'm content with the quality.

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            Lau RE: wadawada Jun 11, 2007 06:49 PM

            yeah it was a good find, im glad i tried it, its one of those places that i probably wouldnt have tried if i didnt notice the breakfast menu...

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            Peter Cherches RE: Lau Aug 2, 2008 08:42 AM

            Lau, have you had the roast duck at this location? I think it's some of the best in the city. The roast pork and soy sauce chicken are pretty good too. I'm working in the East 50s, and this place is now in my lunch rotation. The roast meat lunch specials come with a nice pickled vegetable salad. I've only tried roast meats there, being wary of the rest of the menu. Anything else they do well, or is everything else Americanized Chinese?


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              Lau RE: Peter Cherches Aug 2, 2008 09:15 AM

              i've really only tried their breakfast menu, but i wouldn't be surprised if its decent, their non-americanized stuff isnt bad. Congee is decent, breakfast items are decent, some of the dim sum items aren't bad either...oh also get the curry puff pastries, they're very tasty

              btw Peter - check out the outer boroughs board I tried Imperial Palace recently (based on your blog) and I have a question about one of the dishes there

        2. financialdistrictresident RE: Lau Jun 11, 2007 07:34 PM

          No congee?

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            Lau RE: financialdistrictresident Jun 11, 2007 07:50 PM

            they have congee, it looked decently actually, but i didnt get it, i was too full

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