In this Chinatown food -centric episode, we walk through the anything-but-quiet ethnic enclave of Manhattan, which has one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia.
We start the day by visiting a third-generation family-owned bakery, Kam Hing Coffee Shop and get some of their famous Chinese-style sponge cakes. We walk along busy Canal Street and stop at one of the street vendors, Ling's Fresh Made Sweet Mini Cakes, where we purchase a paper bag filled with their puff-ball cakes. We also peruse the many produce and open-air street fruit markets and check out various exotic and strange Asian fruits, including Durian, the "King of Fruits", with its thorny exterior and strong smell.
We also visit the oldest store in Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co., which opened in 1890 as a general store and is now being run by the fifth-generation family member, Mei Lum. We even have a chance to speak with Mei about the history of the her family's shop and her involvement in saving and securing its future.
We also stop in at the Chinatown Fair Family Fun Center, one of the last video arcade centers in the City. This arcade has classic video games, driving and shooter games and rhythm games including Dance, Dance Revolution.
We end the day, by visiting Nom Wah Tea Parlor on tiny crooked Doyers Street, the oldest dim sum restaurant in Chinatown.
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