Wah Fung #1 Fast Food

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New York City, New York

Our first meal in New York was probably the most memorial. I had received an email from Kim, a reader, who wanted me to know that Bourdain just profiled Wah Fung #1 fast food on The Layover. She had gone and loved it and said it was a large meal for a very cheap price.




The shop is tiny and the menu limited – meat on rice or noodles. Pretty simple but the line is long and filled with locals, and none of them speaking English. The three of us awkwardly stood out and when it was our turn to order one of the locals tried to yell her order on top of ours.  The owner smiled, said something back I did not understand and took my order.


Fair is fair in any language.


chicken and rice

The food was salty, sweet and delicious and the portions ridiculously large. But what made it so sweet was that it was the first thing we did after we put our bags down. If it had gone any other way we may have started the trip thinking New Yorkers aren’t as nice, but instead we realized that fairness is universal.


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  1. Erica from LivingIF says:

    This place sounds amazing and looks delicious, have to check out the next time we’re state side. Bourdain, doesn’t usually get it wrong when it comes to food does he?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      He has never steered me in the wrong direction!

  2. Somewhere in the last 15 years, Asian-influenced foods in North America became sweet. Authentic or not, I personally can’t stand it. DESSERT should be sweet, everything else should be savory, IMHO. Come to think of it, salad dressings have also decayed into blechy sweetness. Ack!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I don`t know, I have had a lot of Asian food in Asia that was sweet.

      I prefer savoury over sweet though, and would take a sandwich over a pie any day.

  3. That is a pile of meat and it looks perfectly comforting!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I thought you might like it!

  4. Looks delicious! I am headed to NYC in December, and I am totally going to check this place out!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Look for the line of locals!

  5. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) says:

    NYC is full of these little authentic places run by people who only speak their native tongue. You should check our Margon on 46th for the best Cuban outside of Cuba.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I missed it 🙁

      I really need to consult with you BEFORE I go places.

  6. I waa about to ask whether they did tofu on rice or noodles but once I saw the picture I thought, ‘Ummmm, yeah, probably not.’ Ha!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Nope, lots of meat options but this is not a vegetarian place.

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