I love a good dumpling. Any kind, really. Steamed, fried, chicken, pork, shrimp: you name it, I’ll happily eat it. Ben and I were down in Chinatown a few days ago to take a specific picture from the Manhattan Bridge walkway. We decided that while we were down there, we might as well pop into a restaurant and try some of the food. Thanks to Where Foodies Eat (you’re welcome!!), we ended up at Lam Zhou Homemade Noodle. First thing’s first: don’t be alarmed by the appearance of Lam Zhou. The pictures don’t lie: it really is a hole in the wall kind of joint. At first, we couldn’t tell if we were even at the right restaurant! That being said, the food was so good that I honestly didn’t care how the place looked. We shared the fried pork dumplings, which were awesome, and we each got the pork soup. The soup was pretty tasty and was filled to the brim with noodles, but the pork was still on the bone. The bones kind of sketched me out at first, but the meat was actually really tasty. Ripping the pork off of the bone was a slight inconvenience, but we asked for it, considering we accidentally ordered the wrong dish. We got the #9, Steam Pork Soup Noodle, but we thought we were getting the Dry Noodle with Minced Pork Sauce. Don’t get me wrong, the soup was good, but check out One Hungry Jew’s picture of the dry noodles! Mouthwatering.
The restaurant was packed when we arrived and remained that way until we left, but the turnover is relatively quick. It’s also worth noting that it’s cash only, which shouldn’t be a problem because it’s SO CHEAP! We got 8 dumplings for $3 and the soups were $6 each. I can’t vouch for how healthy Lam Zhou is, but considering the food is that cheap and delicious, you won’t find any complaints here. Make sure you check it out! Lam Zhou has great reviews across the board, so I suggest you go see for yourself!