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Jan 31, 2008 11:24 AM

Fresh Cheung Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls)

While researching the board, I read in one of the threads that there is a place in Chinatown that does fresh cheung fun (eg: pour the batter in pan and steam). Can anyone provide more details? Thanks!

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  1. There's a cart that makes it fresh. It's at Elizabeth and Hester Sts, on the same corner as Dynasty supermarket. They cater mostly the breakfast crowd, closing usually around noon or 1pm I believe.

    1. I know that there is a tiny store on the left hand side of Sun Light Bakery - 160 East Broadway St (btw Allen & Essex) - that does fresh cheong fun. You can see the cook ladling the rice batter onto the stainless steel steamer to make the cheong fun. It is fresh made for sure. It is only for to-go.

      I didn't like the ones at Hester & Elizabeth because they keep the crepes in a steamer and they often come out mushy.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Yes, and you could pick your 2 toppings of fishballs, sausage, dried shrimp, beef, cilantro, pork, corn...i'm not sure if i'm missing anything else.

        Btw, I wasn't crazy about the beef. It was tasteless and didn't do anything to it. I like the dried shrimp and sausage combo.

        1. re: kobetobiko

          Yeah, that place is great! I got the dried shrimp and sausage. It was a bit difficult trying to tell the ladies what I wanted as they didn't speak any English.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            haha, yes. I also had a funny time with those ladies! How do you say sausage in Chinese?

            1. re: bolletje

              I think it's lap cheong. They asked me what I wanted. I said "cheung fun." However, I don't think they understood me at all. My Chinese must be terrible. I had to eventually point to everything I wanted -- cheung fun, shrimp, sausage, greens, soy, and hot sauce.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                I think you're right. We confusedly pointed at things and chatted a bit about what the different items were called in English and Chinese and I remember the Chinese word was something like that. They thought "sausage" was a crazy word :)
                They are very nice people in that shop. I wish I could remember the words they tried to teach me. There should be a Chinese for foodies class!

                1. re: bolletje

                  Yeah, the ladies in there were very sweet. Some places have given me an attitude -- not sure if it's because that's the way they are or because they think I'm an "ignorant" Chinese-American who can't speak the language. (I'm not Chinese-American, btw).

        2. I know that Corner 28 in Flushing just started offering this, and it is really good. I haven't tried the Manhattan locations mentioned above, but now they're on my list too.

          1. 3 Wang Cafe, 7 Allen St. pours fresh cheung fun when you order it. They even have a tofu cheung fun on the menu, which actually sounds more intriguing than it translates to in actual taste.