空心菜 kong xin cai: hollow heart vegitable
- jonkyo Jan 21, 2012 07:55 PM
Where can one find 空心菜 hollow heart vegetable in Manhattan restaurants.
I have seen it at several places on the menu, though with a special price season mark.
It is ubiquitous in Cantonese places, as AubWah says--though usually called "Ong choi" or "Tung choi" and written differently. It usually comes with either furu (fermented bean curd) or xian xia (shrimp paste). I love both, but actually prefer xi yang cai (watercress) or Chinese spinach, since ong choi is often slimy (maybe that's the point). There are also all too often bugs hiding in those hollow hearts.......But we still get it. The Malaysian place in the Bowery Arcade does it with dried squid and a spicy peanut sauce---that is a truly funky and wonderful dish! It is listed as an appetizer.
48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
We ordered it for our hot pot at Famous Sichuan Saturday night and there was no additional cost (unlike the snow pea shoots). I'd think it would be on their regular menu or you could just ask for it.
10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013