New York's Chinatown (1898)
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NEW YORK'S CHINATOWN
by Louis J. Beck
Bohemia Publishing Company
BILL OF FARE
Two Dollars per Dish:
Yu Chie--(Shark's Fin).
Wong Ye Tao--(Sturgeon Head).
Yen War--(Bird's Nest).
She Kiso--(Air Bladder of Eels).
Sze Kwa Ap--(Deviled Duck).
Don Bark Gop--(Steamed Squab).
Sut Ye--(Snow Moss).
Shake Ye--(Rock Moss).
Sen Mi--(Angel's Beans).
Hoi Tsam--(Beach de Mare).
Seventy-five Cents per Dish:--
Por Law Gai Pan--(Fried Chicken, Boneless, with Pineapple).
Chow Gai Pin--(Fried Boned Chicken).
Tso Pin--(Fried Pig's Paunches).
Chow You Ye--(Fried Duck's Web).
Park Gop Song--(Fried Minced Squab).
Chow Leong Har--(Fried Lobster with Vegetable).
Chow Foo Kwar Gai--(Fried Chicken with Balsam Pears).
Chow Gai Sue Mean--(Fried Noodles with Boneless Chicken).
Soups--Twenty-five Cents a Dish:--
Sue Kwa Kiang--(Sponge Squash Soup).
Tso You Kiang--(Mushroom Soup).
Chop Suey Kiang--(Giblets and Pork Fried).
Hoy Shum Kiang--(Beach de Mare Soup).
Too Kwar Kiang--(Balsam Pear and Pork Soup).
Ho She Kiang--(Dried Oyster Soup).
Fifty Cents a Dish:--
Chow Mean--(Fried Noodles).
(Merriam-Webster and OED both have 1903 for "chow mein." The first citation is from that great Chinese cookery book, CONV. OF A CHORUS GIRL--ed.)
Chow Fune--(Fried Rice and Noodles).
Foo Yong Dan--(Ham and Egg Omelet).
Fifteen Cents a Dish:--
Shen Arp--(Boiled Duck).
Park Chum Gai--(Plain Boiled Chicken).
Ap Hoy Wan Ton--(Stuffed Noodles and Duck's Leg).
Ap Hoy Mean--(Noodles with Duck's Leg).
Chop Suey--(A Hash of Pork, with Celery, Onions, Bean Sprouts, etc.).
Chop Shu--(Broiled Loin of Pork).
Yung Dow Foo--(Stuffed Bean Cheese).
Lo Yok--(Pig's Ears, Snout and Paunches Mixed).
An almost endless variety of dishes are served, down to a simple bowl of rice for five cents. Then follows--
THE STRANGE DISHES OFFERED:
Miscellaneous, Ten Cents per Order:--
Li Chee Kon--(Dried Li Chee Nuts).
Kon Tau Li Chee--(Preserved Li Chee Nuts).
Faraday Young Tao--(Star Fruit from Faraday).
Wong Pe--(A small fruit of the lemon variety).
Kum Ghei--(Same as above but larger).
Ching Moi--(Preserved Green Apricots).
Por Law--(Preserved Pineapple).
Sar Lee--(Preserved Pear).
Loong Ngou--(Dragon's Eyes--a fruit similar to Li Chee).
Shup Kwar--(Preserved Citron).
Gai Ngang Go--(A confection made the shape of a chicken's neck).
Pastry, Twelve Cents a Plate or Three Cents Each:--
Gai Don Go--(Sponge Cake, steamed or baked).
Dow Sar Bow--(Bean Jelly Dumpling).
Tom Yak Bow--(Sweetmeat Dumpling).
Chop Shu Bow--(Roast Pork Dumpling).
Park Sung Go--(Fermented Rice Flour Pudding).
You Char Kwai--(Doughnuts).
Wan Shoo--(Dumpling made of Lobster and Vegetables).
Dem Sum--(Minced Pork Dumplings).
Chee Ma Beang--(Cake Flavored with Seaman Seed).
Fook Yok Beang--(Flat Cake Stuffed).
Wan Gaw Go--(A Gummy Cake).
Soo Beang--(Crusted Cake Stuffed).
Ham Chit Soo--(A thin Snap Cake, highly flavored).
Lok Dau Go--(Cake made of Green Bean Flour).
Wines and Liquors, Fifty Cents a Pot; Twenty-five Cents a Cup:--
Moi Kwai Lo--(White Rose Wine).
Ng Kar Pe--(Palm Root Wine).
Park Nor Mi--(White Rice Liquor).
Ching May--(A liquor flavored with fruits).
Sam Pen--(Medical Brandy).
Tea, five cents per cup.
BILL OF FARE.
Chop Shu--(Roast Pork).
Yok Bang--(Minced Pork).
Chee Kok--(Pig's Feet).
Ngow Park Mum--(Stewed Beef).
Ham Dau--(Salted Eggs).
Lap Chong--(Dry Sausages).
Loong Ngor Bark--(White Cabbage).
Fan or Arn--(Rice, a Big Bowl).
A bowl of soup is furnished with the foregoing free of charge.
Wine and liquors fifteen to twenty-five cents a pot.
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