NEW YORK CITY | Cantonese-style cheong fun is a street food favourite that’s very popular in Hong Kong and China’s other Cantonese speaking regions, and one of the best versions to be found in New York is at Joe’s Steam Rice Roll. It was opened by Taishan, China born Joe Rong in 2017, and as quickly become an NYC favourite.
A single large, nearly translucent single rice noodle fills a steaming metal tray. It’s topped with your choice of pork, beef or fresh/dried shrimp. Along with egg, scallions (spring onion) and cilantro (coriander), corn and beansprouts.
Once cooked, two bowl scrapers are used to peel it all from the tray, before its rolled into a long tube, chopped and slipped onto paper plates. To finish it’s topped with soy sauce.
The noodles at Joe’s are made from scratch daily using electric stone mills and are light and springy. The final result is utterly delicious and I’d highly recommend it to anyone living in or visiting NYC.
The original location in Flushing, Queens, has a larger menu with a few other options for your noodles (like BBQ pork) along with some other Cantonese dishes, but for most there’s a more convenient location that opened late last year, inside Manhattan’s Canal Street Market.
Joe’s Steam Rice Roll (Canal Street)
Canal Street Market
265 Canal Street
New York 10013
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 8:00pm