Every so often I do these walking tours of New York City Chinatown street food as fundraisers for nonprofits (usually the Asian American Writers Workshop, where I am on the board, but I’m open to helping others). Itâ€™s a ~2.5 hour tour that includes (depending on availability) Xiâ€™an Famous Foods, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Xinjiang skewers, banh mi, pulled noodles and more. Itâ€™s usually an $88 donation to whatever organization I’m doing for.
Folks must be willing to share portions and you should wear comfortable shoes since it’s two+ hours of walking (I like to say you burn enough calories to counter the food you eat). It’s six or seven stops (depends if some of the vendors are there). We usually meet at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Chinatownâ€™s Museum of Chinese in America at 215 Centre Street. Food costs included in the tour.
Here is a feedback from Gerry Gomez Pearlberg:Â Â â€œJennifer 8. Leeâ€™s generous spirit, extensive knowledge, and culinary eclecticism made for a fabulous afternoon adventure on her Chinatown Food Tour. Sheâ€™s the ideal guideâ€”creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere while shepherding us through one incandescent eating experience after another, punctuated by informative commentary about the multi-layered cultural histories of one of Manhattanâ€™s most vibrant neighborhoods. With plastic fork in hand, Iâ€™d follow her anywhere.â€
(Love the fork note!) Maybe one day I’ll develop a version 2 of the foodie tour and people can level up. Also, I occassionally gather people for dim sum or other Asian food related events. These are kind of random.
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Photo above by Lauren Sanders via Hipstermatic during our April 2, 2011 tour in front of Super Taste on Eldridge Street.