Having grown up hitting the cart-based gigantic Chinese palaces of New York and Boston's Chinatowns for my dim sum fix, I've never really considered menu-based dim sum as a viable dining option. Somehow, checking off boxes and waiting for your food to come is just not quite as fun as pointing at what you want from a stack of steamers. But the truth of the matter is, the quality of the food you get at check-the-box-and-wait establishments is often much higher than at the cart-based operations. And Red Egg is a great example of that.
The Beef Chow Fun ($12 at dinner, $7 for lunch) at Red Egg in Chinatown is everything the dish should be: plenty of extraordinarily tender beef with a deep salty soy flavor, lots of crunchy bean sprouts and bright green scallions, great smoky flavor, and—most importantly—the freshest noodles I've had in a New York Cantonese restaurant.
Red Egg has a fairly large dessert menu for a Chinese restaurant. Think fried green tea rice balls, red bean pudding, a spicy ginger crème brûlée, and more traditional sweets like sesame mochi balls and steamed milk and egg custard. All these desserts are portioned for one, with the exception of the Coconut Pudding ($8).
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