Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our “Best of 2012” issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
Papaya and Snow Fungus in Syrup ($3.75)
This Chinese dessert shop in Sunset Park offers plated jellies, ices, layered desserts, and a changing menu of daily specials, many of which are hardly sweet at all (today it was a sesame-tofu pudding with vanilla ice cream and a sesame tuile). This bowlful of papaya and snow fungus, floating dreamily in sugar syrup, is a cool and slippery afternoon soup. Don’t be turned off by the rehydrated parasitic fungus that likes to grow on dead trees–the snow fungus may not taste of much, but it’s beautifully gelatinous.
Palais de Sweet
706 60th Street, Brooklyn