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May 31, 2012 10:54 PM

New Rong Hang Restaurant

Went to New Rong Hang on Elderidge St with a Taiwanese friend. She said there are similarities between Taiwan food and Fujian food. My favorite dishes were the fish ball with meat inside soup ( I was told Taiwanese fish ball is softer than these, same with dumpling) , the fish with meat dumpling soup, and the hand pulled noodles ( fettucini size) with sesame, peanut, and soy. We also had a huge lobster dish, with 2 lobsters over melon covered with mayo, Two types of fried frog ( one time had backbone), Razor clams with minced garlic. I've attached photos of the dishes, except the frog picture. The food was very good here. They had live shrimp which looked awesome. The staff was celebrating something and were eating a nice looking squid dish, they also had short ribs with no sauce ( looked steamed), some chow mai fun, whole fish, and a big seafood soup. This is a really good place for Fujian food, but my friend told me many of the dishes were Cantonese that they had there. I recommend this place. Right next store was a grand opening of a Fujianese seafood restaurant that looked interesting. Shang Weng noodles were better.

New Rong Hang 38 Elderidge St.

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  1. I did not know it was new.

    "She said there are similarities between Taiwan food and Fujian food" This is correct, as Taiwan became home to migrants from areas of southern Fujain, increasingly from the late Ming Dai (about 1600) and onward, so similarities are present, to varying degrees, from what I have found. Taiwan ditched eating dog, though seafood still predominates on both sides of the Straits, as does 媽祖 (Mazu).

    Nice photos, looks yummy!

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    1. re: jonkyo

      Thank you for your comments Jonkyo. The outside sign says Rong Hang, but the business card says NEW Rong Hang, so I used the name on the card for the post. The restaurant next door , though is new , they had all the plants and Prosperity cat and banners outside. Looks interesting

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        汾陽 (fen yang) is the name of Rong Hang, and I am assuming that the English they use has something to do with the Fuzhou local lingual pronunciation (地方上的語言 difang shangde yuyan) of the mandarin Fen Yang. I am only guessing.

        Up the street there are a few more places that offer similar cuisine, as there are on East Braodway, all with big tables for group dining. The one accross the street from 144 East Braodway Noodles and is down the stairs with big glass windows is quite good. They are fujianeses (福建人fujianren), fuzhounese (福州人 fuzhouren) to be exact.

        Yang is like yin and yang, or sun : 太陽 ( Tai Yang ). fen 汾 is something to do with river, and is 分 fen or part/measure word with water (三點水 sandianshui ) Google 汾陽 (fenyang) and one may get the name's meaning.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          汾陽(Fenyang) 市位於中國山西省: it is a city in China's Shanxi Province.

          Also 汾陽餛飩湯地址:高雄市, Fenyang Wonton soup at a restaurant in Kaoshung (gaoxiong) city Taiwan.

          1. re: jonkyo

            Shanxi's a long way from Fujian. Why would Fujianese name their restaurant after a city there?

        2. re: jonkyo

          jonkyo is correct, most taiwanese are actually fujian by decent, but they aren't the same fujian people as the ones in chinatown. they are southern min nan fujian people who are from places like xiamen, so their dialect while similar is different. in southeast asia most people call them hokkien (which just means fujian in their dialect) and they basically are the same people in taiwan, singapore, malaysia and indonesia. the ones in chinatown are from fuzhou, which is different.

          you actually run into very similar dishes in taiwan, singapore, malaysia etc. for example you can find popiah (run bing) in both taiwan, singapore and malaysia and you can also find bak kut teh (rou gu cha) in all three places although they are a bit different in each in terms of preparation.

          the fuzhou food has some similarities as well. actually they eat lu wei meats (braised in a master stock) and you can find that in taiwan, singapore and malaysia as well (teochew people eat it too)

        3. Found this related to food from Fen Yang Shanxi China:

          汾陽切刀麵 (Fenyang Knife Peeled Noodles)

          Next visit you might try to find out why they called the restaurant Fen Yang or Rong Heng (assuming the English has relation to the Chinese words Fen Yang)

          1. Course on Fuzhou Language (福州語的課 fuzhouyu de ke):


            1. Did you tip? I walk by that place all the time and have been tempted to go in because of the handwritten sign outside saying "免小费" (no tipping).

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              1. re: pravit

                We tipped 18% approximately. The people who dined with me are Chinese.

              2. New Rong Hang is owned by the same folks at Best Fuzhou at 71A Eldridge - their menu's are exactly the same.

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