Shanghai Rice Cake & Capsella Flower
550 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
How do you define destination food? Would you stand in the subzero cold for an hour and a half for a steamer full of Joe's soup dumplings? Fly to Hong Kong for a bowl of unctous, porky noodles? Move your whole family from a windswept Massachusetts cape to New York just for a genuine deli bacon, egg and cheese sandwich? If the answer to any of the above is yes, run, do not walk to this new unassuming spot just off of midtown and tuck into a generous helping of their Shanghai Rice Cake "coins" of goodness – and I call them that because they are not cakes and they are not noodles. They are, in fact, the size of quarters. Consistency-wise, each scrumptious bite bites back! They are that chewy. The slightly tangy/rich flavor of the oil is one of those secrets of Chinese kitchens we are not meant to know. And as to what the heck is a "capsella flower"? The Web says something about the mustard family. Run with it. And might I add, the rest of the menu is insanely flavorful, share-able, and affordable. But oh those coins. Wonder who I can round up for lunch today?