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Jun 28, 2012 06:56 AM

Good place for Cantonese breakfast in Chinatown?

Where in Chinatown can I get good cantonese breakfast? with all the staples, like

-Sweet soy milk (served hot)
-Savory soy milk (served hot, with the little pieces of fried tofu and scallions)
-Youtiao, the fried dough stick/cruller
-toasted sesame cake
-Radish Shaobing
-Peanut Shaobing (OMG tastiest thing in the world!)
-Rice roll (rice rolled up around some kind of meat/veg filling)
-beef sandwiches

And of course plenty of a not-too-fermented-taste chili oil that I can slather on everything

Basically, I'm trying to find the closest thing to Shanghai bun in Matawan, NJ, that serves this stuff on the weekends. New Yorkers, be noted, if you want a good authentic cantonese place with this amazing breakfast stuff, hop on the NJTransit train to Matawan (it is walking distance from the station). My god, their peanut shaobing (they spell it Su Bing) is AMAZING!

note, I am NOT looking for dim sum.

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  1. Try Big Wong King:

    East Corner Wonton:

    or Yogee Restaurant, Yummy Noodles or Congee Village.

    1. I'm just curious. Are most of these items even found in a cantonese breakfast place?

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      1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

        Like I said, at Shanghai bun in Matawan.

        You a New Yorker? Don't got a car? Go to Penn station, walk to the NJTransit section, cross the river to NJ in any train, then Take the North Jersey coast line train down to Matawan. Walk Down Main until you hit Rt-34, make a left, it's in the same strip mall as the dunkin donuts. About 20 minute walk, I'd guess.
        or just contact me, I'd give you a ride, I managed to reconnect with one person I know living down here, I intend to eventually show her this place too

        It's awesome. And they have good authentic cantonese food in general. I seen the burners in the back, they're the real deal, that use a shitload of gas to create a huge fire (you need high temps for stir-frying).

        Why on earth there's an authentic cantonese place in bumblescum Matawan, NJ, where you're 10 minutes from horse country, I'll never know. But there it is.

        And up the road on rt-34 is another cantonese place that does dim sum on the weekends, and they even have durian cakes as one of the items.

        Again, why in Matawan NJ, I don't know. Are there a lot of Cantonese people there? In some town nearby? Up in Rahway or something? I dunno, it's weird, but there it is.

        1. re: peanuttree

          Those are northern Chinese brunch items.

      2. Big Wong on Mott is one of the few places open during breakfast time. They have good you tiao and ngau lei sou (sweet version of you tiao). Their congee is good.

        M Cafe on Division also opens early and they have made-to-order rice rolls which are really nice.

        I can't think of a restaurant that serves freshly made, hot soybean milk. I think they usually buy from a vendor and heat it up.

        Sadly, Yogee closed recently and I don't think they're coming back.

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        1. re: foiegraschick

          of course they do, asking them to blend up fresh soymilk is too much. It's a complicated process, if I remember correctly, it isn't just ground up cooked soybeans.

          1. re: foiegraschick

            Darn! No more beef stew rice noodle logs.

          2. OK, now do you guys know if the cruller, the youtiao, will be available even during lunch, like 12 or 1 pm, and the other breakfast foods too, at these places?

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            1. re: peanuttree

              Youtiao and jook for sure. People eat that all day.

            2. Somebody recommended Bing Wong restaurant. We went and it was NOT a cantonese place. It was mostly a "chinese" or american chinese restaurant if you will. They did serve congee and the fried crullers (youtiao), but that was it. I was hoping for more cantonese selection.

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              1. re: peanuttree

                That's what I meant in my earlier post when I asked if most of those items would be found in a cantonese place. i dont think those items are "cantonese staples" at all.

                1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                  I dunno what you're saying, but the things I listed are cantonese dishes/food. Some of them may have come from northern China originally, but they're regularly eaten in Hong Kong and the other cantonese areas.

                  Perhaps you're thinking of the old '50's usage of the word "cantonese", which basically referred to any American-Chinese restaurant. This was an inaccurate term, the whole of "Chinese food" that you find in the vast majority of places in America is sort of an America-only invention. The actual food they eat over there in the Cantonese regions of China are the stuff i listed above, all the dim sum dishes, and other stuff.

                  Ain't gonna find no 1,000year old egg or seaweed in garlic dressing or pork buns in your typical American "Chinese" restaurant

                  1. re: peanuttree

                    I guess my idea of cantonese is different from you consider to be cantonese . I consider Big Wong and all of it's various offshoots to be cantonese.