Incredibly Cheap Eats: Chee Cheong Fun at Canal Bakery

Rice noodle rolls for 70 cents each
Rice noodle rolls for 70 cents each

These rice noodle rolls are called chee cheong fun in Cantonese, which translates as "pig's intestine noodle," a visual comparison that requires some imagination. At many dim sum houses, you find the starchy roll-ups filled with shrimp, fried cruller, or pork, served hot and steamy, drenched in dark soy. At Canal Bakery and Cafe, they sit piled on a tray at room temperature, rolled tightly for ease of eating out-of-hand, filled with scallions, sesame seeds, and very salty ground pork. Fork over 70 cents per roll, and the stern counterwoman will stick your noodles in a wax paper bag. They're chewy and satisfying, breakfast of frugal champions.

242 Canal Street, 212-343-2505


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