Sunday, October 25, 2009

Crabby in Chinatown

Leather Jacket: Mason
Red cashmere sweater: Vince
Tee: Old Navy
Skinny Pants: 7 for All Mankind
Eel boots: Devi Kroell
Bag: Fendi

A friend suggested that I post about my regular haunts in Chinatown. My husband and I absolutely adore Yeah Shanghai Deluxe, an unassuming gem tucked away on Bayard Street.

Making soup dumplings in the storefront window

Crab soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao, miraculously contain hot delicious soup in their core. Lightly sprinkle one with the ginger soy sauce dip, place this ball of goodness on your spoon, take a small bite out of the top, and sip the soup before you enjoy the yummy crab meat and chewy dough. (If you don't like crab, they have a pork version that's equally popular.)

Crabs in brown sauce with edamame and rice cakes. I'm a huge seafood lover, and crabs hold a special place in my gustatory heart.
Sacre bleu! What is this?
How on earth could I miss
Such a sweet little succulent crab
Quel dommage. What a loss
Here we go in the sauce
Now some flour, I think just a dab
Now I stuff you with bread
It don't hurt cause you're dead
And you're certainly lucky you are
'Cause it's gonna be hot
In my big silver pot
Tootle-loo, mon poison, au revoir!
--"Les Poissons" from The Little Mermaid

Beef with Bean Curd over Rice

Right next door, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has amazing home-made ice-cream with a slew of exotic flavors for even the most jaded ice-cream eater. I personally love the red bean flavor.

Chinatown has several of these candy/dried fruit emporiums. I managed to get one shot of the display case before the saleslady barked at me. I got 1/4 lb of the dried plum and dried yam.

Green Tea Cafe has the best bubble tea, in my humble opinion.
Have a wonderful week, everybody!


WendyB said...

LOL -- what do you think the saleslady is protecting the case of fruit from????

Hanh, Life-in-Travel said...


I love the color combo!!!
Fabulous bag!!!


Fashionista said...


justeileen said...

So happy to see your oufits again! Love the leather jacket! Are you from Hong Kong?

janettaylor said...

I really love Ur Devi Kroell boots. I'm a huge fan Devi Kroell's work! :-)


StyleSpy said...

It's 9:00 a.m. and all I can think about is crab dumplings!!

(Oh, and that Fendi bag of yours, which I do adore.)

dot (jill) said...

Was just thinking I hadn't heard from you in a while, and then I asked myself: when did you last comment on THUMBIE's blog, huh?

So I came here and now I, too, am craving crab dumplings! ; )

Was going to tag you for an award but I think I did already. Well, there's another coming up.. so be forewarned.

w/love, from London

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sweet tuesday, Thumbelina!

So nice to see you did a new outfit post!So Cool in your skinny black jeans with the black boots and black motorcycle jacket.
Love the eyecatching red scarf ( oh no.. just read it´s a cashmere sweater ;) .. and as your Fendi statement bag!
Va-va-voom.... here come´s Thumbelina Fashionista!

Have a relaxing week ahead!

Lynn said...

thumbelina, then this is a definite must try for us too! you recommended dimsum gogo and we've been back several times. thanks for sharing these treasures! :)

TLT said...

The scarf and the Fendi your accessories in this outfit!! You look warm and fall ready too :)

And the food I am craving crab!!!!! :) Delicious!

Girl in the loft said...

your outfit is so strong and lovely. i wish i could have some of that ice cream. yum...!!!

jill said...

Oh, Thumbelina, that was such a generous comment, thank you.

I love the way information, ideas, inspiration, spreads thru the blogosphere - and no one owns it! That was my whole point.

Speaking of ideas... yes, crab holds a place in my heart, too. I think of it as such a luxurious food item, more than lobster, caviar, or oysters.. I invented years ago, a dish that while being made of all Italian ingredients, somehow ends up light & oriental: linguine or angel hair pasta with a light sauce of thinly sliced zucchini, lemon zest, a touch of garlic, tiny bit o fresh red chili, a little pasta water, it simmers for a moment, and then you toss with a splash of cream, sprinkle with fresh basil, and a dollop of tinned or fresh crab meat on top. It's summery.. it's heaven!

Love your outfit, by the way! The mustard Fendi bag with just the right shade of red, burgundy.

Next time I'm in NY, let's go to Chinatown! xxx

Style Odyssey said...

yummm!! i've got to ask: what's bubble tea?
cool leather jacket, by the way. :)

lovecoutureluxe said...

Hello biker chic! Love the pairing of shiny leather jacket and boots! And that yummy Fendi B-bag! Awesomeness! I loveeee xiaolongbaos too and la mian!!! I basically just love any Chinese cuisine, lol. I'm glad to know more and more about you, especially your preference in food! Thanks for posting and sharing!

Love, Adela

vitaMinn style said...

I miss your outfit postings, yippee for this! Love the contrast of the deep burgundy sweater against the rest of black ensemble. Plus the sweater looks like it's a scarf too, how cool!

Ah, I'm so hungry looking at this food post! I love the crab in brown sauce! I won't mind getting my shirt dirty as long as I get a bite of those!!

Have a great rest of the week!


mom & son said...

good morning, thumbelina!
those foods look delicious!
i'm sure they are!
my goodness, i'm craving for crab/any seafood right now!
when i was in NY few years ago, i didn't get a chance to try and roam around chinatown.
next time when i'll be around NY, i will try my best to check that place.

have a great day ahead!

mom & son said...

good morning, thumbelina!
those foods look delicious!
i'm sure they are!
when i was in NY last year, i didn't get
a chance to try and roam around chinatown.
next time when i'll be around, i make sure to check that place.

Anonymous said...

Please put some models of jacket and boots for women!

Here is cold and !

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sunday to you, Thumbelina!

I got these YSL cage heels from an YSL sales store in Switzerland, they have a store there in Mendrisio which is close to the Italian border.
I know for sure they have a size 37 still available!
Maybe you can try to call them, from what I know they ship internationally:
phone: +41 91/ 630 27 37

Enjoy your sunday!!!!

Marian said...

honey that is a gorge ed cashmere sweater.i like that shade of red.
the dumpling with the soup center sound amazing! i wonder how they do that! so fab

The Owl's Closet said...

Very chic with just the right amount of color! the ice cream shop sounds like they have amazing flavors. love ur blog!

Jason said...

Have you had bubble tea from Tien Rien? I like there drinks.


Lynn said...

hi thumbelina! yes, definitely we should meet up! it has been crazy for me as well. let me know when you have a light week and we can schedule something then :)

troisieme said...

argh! i wanna eat EVERYTHING now!!!
would you like to have a visit on my blog? thank you so much!