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[NYC - Chinatown] Wah Fung No. 1 Fast Food - Very cheap eats; authentic cafeteria style Chinese barbecue meat over rice

Even in Chinatown, Wah Fung #1 Fast Food is definitely worth a wait for its $4 lunch boxes! 

I've been quite intrigued by the line out this restaurant for years...seriously. It's right by the Grand St. station, so I always see the long queue out front.

One day, we braved the queue and were finally able to see what the fuss is about. There were about 15 people in front of us and it only took about 10 minutes to get to the front of the line.
So, when you're out front the menu sign makes it seem quite easy. It makes it seem like there's two choices. That's definitely not the case. So, check out the full menu here so you're not shocked/overwhelmed like I was.


They chop the meat as you order, so the meat is very fresh.
So, we got a bit overwhelmed when we saw the choices, but decided that since it was our first time there, we wouldn't go wild. So, we just decided to go with our original plan and got the $4 "small" set - one pork and one chicken.

These are really hefty portions. I know it's Chinatown in Manhattan, so I have heard that Chinatown in Queens gives you a lot more food, but for Manhattan this is crazy good. The packaging was overflowing and it was so heavy.

The roast pork was so tender and flavorful. We didn't get to choose the sides - the menu above makes it seem like you can choose between vegetables and noodles, but we just got the vegetables by default. The vegetables are cabbage, in case you're wondering.

Let me know if you were able to choose noodles.

This is the chicken. It's so tender and moist. The chicken isn't extremely flavorful, but it is just flavorful enough. It's slightly sweet and herbal, kind of like a cinnamon (I doubt it's cinnamon). 



This is an extremely hearty portion. It's definitely enough for two meals. So, two meals for $2 each isn't bad for anywhere in America, but especially great in NYC.

Verdict - This is an especially great, cheap option in Chinatown. It's quite authentic Chinese cafeteria style - like as in real China. Definitely worth a visit if you're looking to get some quick eats on the run.

Next time, we'll probably get the "large" option and choose two different meats or else maybe just the meat.



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