Where Was I Eating? Nom Wah Tea Parlor (Plus the Inside Scoop on the New Menu!)

Lauren Shockey
Pan Fried Noodles with Superior Sauce

Maybe the red and white checkered tablecloths gave it all away. The pictured dish of pan-fried noodles with superior sauce was, indeed, from Nom Wah Tea Parlor at 13 Doyers Street (212-962-6047), which Amprost guessed correctly. Congratulations, Amprost. Please email me to claim your cookbook.

The noodle dish is one of the 56 dim sum items featured at this old-school tea parlor (the oldest in the city, in fact), which had shuttered a few times in recent years, and finally underwent some recent modernizations, both in terms of the space and menu. So what can you expect in the new surroundings?

Lauren Shockey
Old-school charm inside Nom Wah.

Just like a diner.

The restaurant immediately recalls a cha chaan teng, which is a sort of diner/tea shop hybrid commonly found in Hong Kong, though you won't find the milk teas and pineapple buns, which are hallmarks of cha chaan teng cuisine. Here, it's dim sum (and then some!): steamed buns, rice rolls, fried delights, and larger specialty items.

Lauren Shockey
Shrimp Rice Rolls

Shrimp rice rolls were tasty and piping hot.

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