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Cheung Fun - Fresh Rice Noodles - In Manhattan, weekday around 8 AM

Hi NY hounds,

Boston hound here for a brief visit. I'm looking for a place for breakfast tomorrow (Thursday) around 8 AM, and I want to eat cheung fun (fresh rice noodles). Other Cantonese breakfast dishes might be nice too, and/or baked goods.

Two places that sound like possibilities are:

Sunkist Bakery on E. Broadway near Chinatown (but I am not sure if they are open that early on a Thursday)

Mei Li Wa Bakery on Bayard St. in Chinatown - it sounds like they will be open by then.

Anyone have any suggestions for this? Bonus if they make them fresh to order....

Anywhere in Manhattan is fine.

Dave MP

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Happy Star Bakery
160-162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Mei Li Wah
64 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. Just read about Lee Chung Cafe in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777743

    Sounds very good, and might do the trick. I called them and they open at 7:30 AM

    Thoughts? Do they mohinga?

    Dave MP

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    Lee Chung Cafe
    82 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

    1. if i were you and you want cheung fan, id recommend poon kee; its my favorite version in NY...although im not 100% sure what time they open
      http://www.lauhound.com/2011/03/poon-...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773122

      Aside from that then sunlight makes it fresh and is good
      http://www.lauhound.com/2010/10/sun-l...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740902

      i like mei li wah's steamed cha siu bao and i really like their cocktail buns, but their cheung fan is not good, i wouldn't get it

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      Poon Kee
      39 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: Lau

        Thanks!

        Does Poon Kee have any tables or stools? I looked at your pictures and it looks like it might just be takeaway?

        Also, it looks like Sunlight is at the same address I had for Sunkist....so I guess that might be the real name?

        Thanks for the info on Mei Li Wah!

        Will report back tomorrow!
        Dave MP

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        Poon Kee
        39 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002

        Mei Li Wah
        64 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: Dave MP

          Poon Kee - yes it has about 3 or 4 stools

          Sunlight - yah the name is sunlight in english i believe, fyi there is no seating at sunlight, however you can walk to seward park which is around the corner

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          Happy Star Bakery
          160-162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

          Poon Kee
          39 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002

          1. re: Lau

            I looked at Sunlight briefly, and it looks good. I may end up going there tomorrow, and will report back.

            Thanks!
            Dave MP

        2. re: Lau

          I love Poon Kee.

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          Poon Kee
          39 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002

        3. just an fyi, its possible that poon kee closed (i really really hope not)

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818038

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          1. re: Lau

            I am going to check right now....I'm actually nearby currently, and will report back later. I'll check the location on Monroe St.

            1. re: Dave MP

              its way too late right now, they close pretty early

              they start running out of everything by 1pm

              1. re: Lau

                Good news and bad news:

                Bad news: Poon Kee is currently closed for renovations.

                Good news: They are opening up again in December. The sign said December 1st!

                I was able to talk to the woman who was making rice noodles at their other location on Market, and then I saw the sign posted at the Monroe St. location.

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                Poon Kee
                39 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: Dave MP

                  That's tremendous news I was worried they were closed for good thanks for the report

                  1. re: Dave MP

                    oh awesome! great news, one of the most authentic and best snack places in chinatown

                    btw i just remembered this, but when ure at sunlight if you look diagonally across the street in front of wing shoon, there is a cart that serves good curry fishballs and curry squid (typical HK style street food), I'd def get some of those those too! been meaning to write about it for a while. they also have cheung fan, but i haven't tried the cheung fan yet

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                    Wing Shoon
                    165 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

            2. Sunlight on East Broadway right next to the F train is your best bet. They are open earlier than 8 AM. I like their beef cheung fan. If you like congee I highly suggest taking the short walk up bowery to Century Cafe for their chicken congee ($1.65). Then try a yuan yang drink at Ka Wah on Eldridge.

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              Happy Star Bakery
              160-162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

              Ka Wah Bakery
              9 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

              Century Cafe
              123 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

              1. Hi all,

                Just wanted to report back on my breakfast. It didn't end up being as early as I thought - it was about 9:15 by the time i was eating.

                First stop was Century Cafe, where we had an order of chicken congee and an order of dried shrimp rice noodles. The rice noodles were fine, but since they weren't freshly made, the texture was a bit mushy already. Good flavor though. The chicken congee was very good - my only complaint is that it was a bit watery. The bits of chicken were tender and I liked the strong ginger flavor. Definitely a good deal for $1.50

                Next I walked down to Sun Light Bakery for more rice noodles. I ordered the beef rice noodles, and paid $0.50 for an addition of watercress. These were excellent - freshly made to order. The beef filling had a nice flavor (I think a fair amount of cilantro), and the woman making the noodles was very generous with the watercress, so much so that the watercress flavor almost overpowered the beef. The serving was generous, and the total price was $2.00 (normally beef noodles are $1.50). I sat in one of the two small counter seats that they have.

                After the noodles, I went next door and bought a baked pork bun to go (the bakery of the same name is attached to the noodle section in the back, but a separate door in the front) and it was OK. Still warm when I bought it, but not a lot of pork filling and the outer crust was a bit too crispy for me. But not bad, and I think it cost $1.00.

                Thanks again to everyone for the breakfast recommendations. I wish there was a place like Sun Light in Boston!!

                Dave MP

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                Happy Star Bakery
                160-162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                Century Cafe
                123 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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                1. re: Dave MP

                  glad u enjoyed

                  1. re: Lau

                    I went to Sunlight Bakery for the cheung fun today. I got the fresh shrimp and the beef; both were very good. I ate the shrimp one there and it was just awesome - hot and tender out of the steamer. I like that they leave a bottle of the sauce on the counter so you can put however little or a lot of the sweet soy on the noodles (I like a lot :)). I reheated the beef one at home, still good but not as tender. I love the other stuff on the menu so I'll have to trek back there soon.