Dish No. 28: Bowl of Tripe at Royal Seafood
Today's pick: Bowl of dim sum tripe ($2.50) at Royal Seafood (103-105 Mott Street, 212-219-2338)
Royal Seafood is currently our best dim sum parlor in town, and the freshness of the dumplings can't be beat. There are some funkier things, though, that come in rolling metal steam cabinets, their contents hidden from public view.
One such is tripe. While many places serve a single type of tripe per bowl, Royal regales you with at least three or four. In the serving above, you can detect the standard honeycomb tripe (the honeycombs help the cow absorb extra nutrients, due to enhanced stomach surface area), book tripe (also known as bible or leaf tripe), and the stray sliver of liver or kidney.
The flavor is rich and loamy, with sweet spices thrown in. It takes some dexterity to extract a piece and ferry it to your mouth with the slippery plastic chopsticks.
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