39 East Broadway, New York, NY
Credit Card: YES, All Major
Hours: Every Day, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Chinatown has a plethora of restaurants and eateries hidden throughout its quarters in lower Manhattan, so it becomes difficult to find a great place to enjoy a meal.
In an area full of authenticity, Golden Sand Seafood Restaurant truly outshines its crowded competition. Located on the 2nd floor, this East Broadway sit-down restaurant brings the feel of the orient straight to your taste-buds.
With a chefs tasting to come, I was anxious to see what glorious food would hit the table. Bob, who runs the day to day operations of this second generation-run business, sent out a few signature dishes that keep his guests coming back for more.
Among the traditional dishes I was excited to taste were a seafood birds-nest with sauteed scallops, clams, and sea-cucumber, lobster cooked in a ginger scallion sauce, and pan-fried chicken chow-mein.
The stand outs of the meal were the House walnut shrimp, Peking-Style pork chop, and their asparagus with sautéed bamboo pith. Their signature House Shrimp Walnut dish is served with steamed broccoli over a white sauce.
My favorite dish was without a doubt the Peking-style pork chop. It was seasoned to perfection and left me yearning for more. I reprimanded myself when I began to think about licking my plate.
One final standout was one of the most unique funguses I have ever seen or eaten, the Asparagus and Bamboo Pith. While we all know what asparagus is, bamboo pith is a type of mushroom that grows webbing around the stem in a cone shaped form. The web-like cap is the only part of the mushroom that is edible. It was paired with the crisp crunch of the asparagus. When this white web is cooked, it resembles a noodle.
Bite after bite the flavors and textures danced in my mouth. The next time you find yourself hungry in Chinatown definitely check out Golden Sand Seafood Restaurant and say hello to Bob and his crew, and try something new.
– Eric Jordan