Located on 118 Eldridge Street in Chinatown, NYC, is a simple restaurant that has only a couple of things on their menu which is in Mandarin hence unfortunate for those unable to understand. I was walking around Chinatown when I saw a lady coming out of the restaurant carrying a tray of steaming hot meat and I instantly recognized that as meat for Fu Zhou Yu Yuan, meat-filled fishballs. So I happily went in and requested a bowl of 11 for US$3. What a deal! But I later realised they sold a bowl of 7 for US$2, which would have been a better option since I had eaten 5 fried dumplings and 4 cupcakes beforehand.
It was delicious! The fish balls were so chewy and the meat actually tasted good! In fact it was the first time I had seen the meat filling up nearly half of the fishball. Clear proof that it was handmade. Factory-made ones tend to skimp on the meat and I would know this because I grew up eating them.
Above is their very simple menu. Bad luck for those unable to read mandarin.
A few days later I went back to try their soup dumplings (7 for US$2 or 11 for US$3) which I read were more famous.
Their dumplings were filled with generous heaps of chinese chive and meat. In fact they were real fat and what I loved most was the thin skin. This was by far my favourite restaurant in the whole of Chinatown. Good price and fantastic food!
Here is a place to go, just two doors away, if you need a greater appreciation for these dumplings.