Street Noodles/Tofu stand near Bowery and Grand
I walked past here this morning and was excited to see many interesting looking products: Fresh noodles, containers of what looked to be soft tofu, bags of what looked like friend tofu, taro cakes, and other items being offered on or near the corner of either Bowery and Grand--north east side, or Bowery and Allen/NE corner
The woman selling the products could not speak English well. I am interested to learn what is being sold...especially the white soy product in the clear plastic quart containers.
Here's some spirited observations of the ladies and products at the store between (KTinNYC) and myself not too long ago.
Whenever I am on the lower east side I usually make a detour to this store for tofu and the dry shrimp noodle, however some words of caution.......unless you intend to freeze some of your selections, purchase only what you will consume within a few days. I believe since the products sit out in the open their shelf life is quite limited. This is especially my experience with the shrimp noodles and fresh tofu. The products are inexpensive, but I always kick myself for purchasing too much and throwing the food out.
the noodles that are sold in a slab (ho fun) are the noodles that are used for chow fun.
they also sell cheung fun - the noodles with little bits of scallion and dried pork.
I haven't been there for months, but I usually go there for fresh noodles.
I normally boil some chicken broth, cut up the ho fun, put it in a bowl and pour the broth on top. Those noodles are great when they are fresh made.
I'm sure they are open all week.
yeah they sell what northJNfoodie said as well as selling dou jiang (soy bean milk) and dou hua (a silky tofu with a sweet syrup), but i dont think their dou jiang is very good
they sell fried ho fun as well, its greasy, but not bad if u hit with some sriracha...its a pretty cheap place, its nothing crazy good, but its decent
they also sell random other stuff like zhong zi (chinese tamale) and I think even you tiao (fried crueller)
Yes, please. I am not sure if this is a weekend thing or if she is there all week. There were many people buying. There were several things in the quart containers: Noodles, dense white tofu-type item, non-dense ivory colored tofu-type item. Also bags of what looked like wheat and rice noodles and sheets.
And right in front a cart had tamale-looking things wrapped in leaves.
love this place - we used to go all the time to pick up tofu and other stuff. the bags that look like fried tofu, are indeed fried tofu. great to use in soups. Her products are extremely cheap - 5 big pieces of tofu for $1.
the soy product is do hwa in chinese. it's almost like a light, silken tofu, that is usually served as a dessert with a sweet syrup. the best ones have boiled peanuts and ginger syrup, although i don't think this stand does that.