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Cheap Eat: Deep-Fried Mantou With Condensed Milk at Hot Kitchen

Cheap Eat: Deep-Fried Mantou With Condensed Milk at Hot Kitchen
Clarissa Wei

Oily all over, white and fluffy on the inside, a deep-fried mantou is hard to come by in the East Village. This was in the appetizer section of Hot Kitchen and disguised under the label "fried little buns." Now with the exception of the American-Chinese food (stay far away from that section),

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has rarely disappointed, so I decided to take my chances. Plus, it was only $3.

Totally hit the jackpot there. Mantou is a plain Chinese steamed pastry made with flour and injected with leavening agents. It's the Chinese equivalent of white toast. It was a main source of carbohydrates in northern China and is, to this day, a regular component in Chinese breakfasts. The varieties are endless--mantou with egg (mantou jia dan) or custard mantou, for example.

Cheap Eat: Deep-Fried Mantou With Condensed Milk at Hot Kitchen
Clarissa Wei

But my personal favorite is the dessert varietal. When fried, the crust turns a golden brown and is covered with a modest layer of oil. It's slightly crispy on the outside but soft when bitten into. Eat while hot, but first, dip them in the complimentary condensed milk for a sugar rush.

The menu said it would only come with four pieces, but I got six instead. Three-dollar win.

Contact me here or follow my Twitter @dearclarissa. For more of our food blog go to Fork in the Road. And follow us on Twitter at ForkintheRoadVV

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104 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

212-228-3090

www.hotkitchenny.com


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