Chinatown’s tastiest treats, from ‘lava’ cake to scallion rolls

Canal St. — where a N sight arrives during a dilemma of Broadway — is one of a city’s some-more pell-mell streets. If we need a mangle from a bustling Chinatown intersection, and a bite, these 3 spots are there to help.

Made right

The many considerable thing about a sprawling Tai Pan Bakery, that non-stop on Canal St.’s busiest widen in 1993, isn’t a crowds it well serves each day, or a immeasurable preference of Hong Kong character sweets, delicious buns, scallion rolls, pastries and covering cakes, many underneath $2.

It’s a fact that arch baker Chifai Ng — who founded a strange store in Flushing with partner Louis Cheung 26 years ago — insists that all still be done on-site. That’s because notwithstanding many opportunities to expand, says Ng’s son Chris, who helps runs a business, they’ve instead focused on mastering their products, from a out-of-date egg custard tarts ($1.20) to newer creations like a balmy mango “lava” cake with a fruity, fiery center ($4).

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Chris Ng, manager of Tai Pan Bakery in Chinatown, shows off a shop’s pineapple bread. 

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Tai Pan Bakery offers these scallion rolls.

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Tai Pan Bakery: 194 Canal St., nearby Mott St., (212) 732-2222

Canal St. oasis

Spacious and serene, August Gatherings is a relaxing place in mixed ways, a many critical being a food. The menus are solemnly stoical by cook Kenny Leung, who owns a 18-month-old grill with manager Thomas Tang.

Thomas Tang (l.) is manager of Aug Gatherings, and Kenny Leung (r.) is chef. Both are co-owners.

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Leung is a classically lerned Cantonese chef, starting as a teen in Guangzhou, China, where he eventually worked during one of a city’s five-star hotels before relocating to a U.S. in a 1980s. But his stream passion is to mix Chinese culinary techniques and flavors with a contemporary thought of seasonal, vegetable-forward meals.

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During lunch during Aug Gatherings, for example, we can sequence some-more normal dishes for $6.50 — beef with sour melon, gangling ribs with black bean salsa — though Leung also creates a daily $9 “bento box.” It’s a beautifully stoical set that competence embody a crater of slow-cooked rib soup with bok choy, little dusty fish with a honeyed glaze, quick-pickled cucumbers, rice and a play of light seafood batch with poached salmon and chicken.

At cooking Leung also creates non-traditional specials like braised lettuces with slow-cooked octopus in a teriyaki-style salsa ($28); or a shrimp appetiser with yuzu, wasabi-spiked fish roe and spicy cubes of pinkish grapefruit ($15). His mother Kitty, meanwhile, creates a desserts, like ethereal cubes of coconut jellies in a citrusy cloud of coconut froth ($4).

Salmon and duck in seafood batch is partial of a Bento Box during Aug Gatherings that also includes preserved cucumbers and rice. 

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August Gatherings serves jumbo shrimp with yuzu, wasabi-spiked fish roe and pinkish grapefruit. 

(Barbara Alper/for New York Daily News)

August Gatherings: 266 Canal St., nearby Lafayette St., (212) 274-1535

Soak them up

There are few decisions to make about what to sequence during New Kam Hing Coffee Shop, a 30-year aged bakery that specializes in eggy, golden-crumbed, Chinese-style consume cakes sole for 75 cents. “All we do is only one object and we do it a best,” says owners Luckie Ko. “When people come in, we only ask them how many.”

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop in Chinatown.

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Luckie Ko (r.) owns New Kam Hing Coffee Shop. Her son, Jonathan Yee (l.), works in a kitchen and is display off uninformed baked consume cakes. 

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Some buy by a dozen, she says, holding them home to toast or tip with ice cream. But we should be certain to try them right out of a oven, perfumed and tender. (Go before a bakers stop work during about 3 p.m., says Ko, and equivocate their midday lunch break.)

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Ko bought a bakery (and a recipe) about 7 years ago from a timid integrate who founded it — adding “new” to a name when they changed opposite a travel for some-more space final fall. Now her son Jonathan Yee, 20, a new connoisseur of a Culinary Institute of America, also helps in a kitchen, that has combined new flavors like shredded coconut, chocolate chip and spiced pumpkin (all $1.25).

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop: 118 Baxter St., nearby Canal St., New York. (212) 925-0425

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