Sunday Supper: China Town edition

I am in Manhattan and eating with a friend in Chinatown at Shanghai Asian Manor (next to Transfiguration Church).

I am picky about Soup Dumplings.

These were good!

Then we had fried dumplings.

On to the Shredded Pork with Dried Bean Curd.

Back into the snowy streets…

And we visited San Genaro.

And back to Holy Innocents for Vespers.

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  1. benedetta says:

    Those soup dumplings look amazing. Used to go out to Flushing, Queens for ours.

  2. Tom in NY says:

    Looks like a most pleasant adventure. Transfiguration is in “restaurant heaven.” I can’t think S. Gennaro is more than seven blocks away. Thence uptown on the “R” or “N”.
    Bon appetit.

  3. PostCatholic says:

    If you’re a dumpling lover in New York, you might give Mandoo Bar in Midtown West, near Penn Station and Macy’s, a whirl. The Mandoo (Korean dumplings) are terrific; if you’re a connoisseur of Korean food generally then pass over the bibimbap or the bulgoki. West 32nd at 5th Ave, two blocks south of the Empire State Building.

  4. Katherine says:

    There is a wonderful walking/nosh tour of Little Italy/Chinatown. I guess in the present snow they are not offering it, but it is a great way to spend a summer day.

  5. Not really a summer day here.

  6. hawkeye says:

    Went to Mass at San Genaro when we were there last year and ate in Little Italy. So many beautiful Catholic Churches there. Maybe next time we’ll venture out for Chinese. My daughter usually has our whole trip planned, and we end up eating a lot of Italian. Not a bad choice in New York either.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    Father Z,

    Have you ever tried making dumplings like those in the photos? Thanks for the tour. I have never been to New York City, just upper state…

  8. techne says:

    Xiaolongbao and wotie … now that’s a feast! I’m going to need to plan an NYC trip …

  9. Supertradmum: I do make guotie. And they are really good. And I make them in dozens.

  10. Maria says:

    Father, the Church is beautiful. They are lovely pictures.

    May I have a little rant please?

    You post so many pictures of food and the dumplings in particular look delicious.
    Why, oh why don’t you post the recipes? (Rant over) :0)

    I was pleased the Christmas pudding turned out well.
    I am still curious as to what you served it with.
    My guess is that it involved Brandy!

  11. okiesarah says:

    Seeing these pictures makes me very sad that the one and only time I was in NY I wasn’t Catholic. At least I made it to St. Patrick’s (although not during a Mass time) which jump started my conversion. Maybe one day I’ll go back and be able to truly appreciate all the beautiful monuments of my new “Catholic identity” like those you have pictured above. They don’t really make churches like that here in Oklahoma.

  12. irishgirl says:

    Love Holy Innocents’ Church! Looks like heaven!
    And the Chinese food looks good, too! Dumplings and shredded pork…these are making me hungry!
    Nice close-ups of the eats, too!

  13. Katherine says:

    Just north of Little Italy is old St. Patrick’s — the first cathedral of New York, a very historic building (where, sadly, Ven. Pierre Toussaint was once barred entry at the door). The former convent chapel next door is now the delightful St. Michael’s Russian Catholic Chapel. Around the corner is an architecturally significant but a bit run down Ukrainian Orthodox Church that formerly was an Italian language Episcopal church until they all moved to the suburbs.

    I would also recommend St.Stephen’s Catholic Church at 151 E. 28th Street that has a wonderful mural by Constantino Brumidi, who was also the artist that did the murals in the U.S. Capitol.

  14. J Kusske says:

    Jiaozi/guotie are pretty easy to make, if you are good at rolling out pie crust–the filling is the most important thing, getting the right ingredients and flavors together. Up in Northeast China they have dozens of different kinds with mutton, beef, mushrooms, and much else in addition to the regular pork varieties. I’ve helped various people make them for Chinese New Year over the years, traditional in North China the day leading up to the New Year to foster family togetherness. I have a good Chinese cookbook (The Chinese Kitchen by Xiong Deta) that has a basic recipe but I haven’t tried it yet. Here’s a link to the recipe online:

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