First We Eat, Then We Do Everything Else

New York – Day 3 – Part 1

This was definitely one of my favourite days when I was visiting New York. We had a bunch of things planned and the weather was simply gorgeous that day.

Our first meal of the day was at one of my favourite restaurants called Nyonya. It is located in the heart of Chinatown. This restaurant has dishes made with mixtures of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cuisine. Before stepping in, you’ll smell wafts of delicious foods. The minute you walk in, you notice the cozy atmosphere along with the hustle-bustle (something you typically find in an Asian restaurant). By looking at how full a restaurant is and if there is a waiting line, it gives you an idea on how popular the venue is. When we arrived, almost every table was filled with customers. Thankfully we only required a table of two so it was much easier to get seating.

We ordered a couple of dishes; some of which are house favourites/recommendations from Yelp:


Roti Canai is a must-have for a visit to Nyonya. This roti is both crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You rip a piece of roti, dip into the curry and there you have it! There are pieces of chicken found in the curry. This dish is not too spicy. My tolerance for spice is decent, so this was perfect for my taste buds.

The next item ordered was watercress. This was cooked with tofu curd and cooked just the right way. One thing I don’t like about stir-fried vegetables is when their vegetables are made too soft or too hard. Watercress is one of those vegetables that require to be cooked through, but cooked just right so that there is still  an added crunch with each bite.

The third dish is another house favourite – Hainanese Chicken. A bowl of rice and a sweet and sour sauce are served with this dish. The chicken tastes absolutely divine with a bit of the sauce. It is extremely filling and not too expensive either.  Our meal came up to be a total of $30 including tip. This was a great deal and our stomachs were filled to the brim. I have a relatively big appetite for my size so I was quite content at the end of our meal.

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Kungfu Bubble Tea

Not too long after our meal we decided to get a drink to-go. Next stop was Kungfu Bubble Tea. This is the best tea shop that I’ve ever been to. I have never tasted a roasted black milk tea this good. Every sip hits home. When we arrived, I ordered my typical roasted black milk tea with pearls, while my boyfriend ordered the mango bubble tea with aloe vera jelly. We both got cold drinks because it was relatively warm that day. Afterwards took the subway and a bus to go to our next destination. After an hour, we found ourselves at Randall’s Island where our adventure continues.

~Miss Happy Penguin



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