Lady of Grand’s Pick of the Week: Lung Moon on Mulberry Street
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If you live in the Chinatown vicinity, you are well aware that January 31 was the start of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Horse. Maybe you saw the parade, heard firecrackers going off in the neighborhood, or maybe you saw red envelopes around which are given out with money in them for good luck.
I chose to celebrate by revisiting some great Chinatown bakeries.
Although mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lung Moon at 83 Mulberry makes mooncakes year round.
Below is a mooncake filled with a rich, thick filling of lotus seed paste and a salted duck egg. The combination of sweet and salty is something we have come to love and this pairing is definitely worth trying if you haven’t before.
Taro, a purple tinged root vegetable, with a nutty sweetness is one of my favorite flavors. Taro puffs (above, right) from Fay Da Bakery on 83 Mott run about $1.10 but are incredibly oily, so I could only get through one or two bites. Still worth it.