New York’s best Pulled Pork Roll – Mooncake Foods

The first time we tried Mooncake Foods we were on a strict time schedule, we had to be in and out in 30mins to make our show at Upright Citizens Brigade… we made it with 5 mins to spare!

For the Bogan and I, Mooncake is our local and is conveniently located up the street. I don’t think you could get a better local, it ticks every box – cheap, fast, delicious. Pretty much everything on the menu is under $9, except for the nightly specials, which are $16.

Most recently we discovered the “pulled pork with curry lime sauce” roll… OMG. It is actually sensational – the sauce is sweet and tangy and there is SO much pork that you’ll need your own Bogan to get through it all (The Bogan puts away 1 ½ pulled pork rolls, not necessarily because he’s hungry, but just because they’re so damn good!)

On the side we ordered the Japanese Eggplant, this was fresh, nice – could have done with a little extra flavour, but hey, I’m not complaining for $4.50!

This photo was taken while we dined in complete darkness on our rooftop - sorry about the flash!

Other things we have dabbled in… the “smoked white fish salad with pickled carrots and daikon” served on baguette ($7.5). This was delicious – salty smoked fish with a creamy mayonnaise dressing and the vinegar of the vegetables cutting through the richness. I’ve also had the crawfish and shitake mushroom wonton soup ($6.5) – this was OK, but the broth lacked saltiness. I’ve also tried one of their most popular dishes, “miso-glazed salmon” ($8.95) which was served with brown rice and salad and at $8.9 it’s a steal, but the fish did taste a little dry and the sauce a teeny bit burnt. On another visit the Bogan and I have shared the chicken wings with honey and soy appetizer – these were yum and tasted just like mum would make! I’ve also have the lobster and mango summer rolls which are served as two small rolls wrapped up in Vietnamese rice paper and served with a delicious, zingy dipping sauce.

The smoked white fish salad roll with pickled carrots and daikon

I'd go back from seconds - this roll was yum!

We’re still slowly making our way through the menu, but now have the added challenge of trying to get past the pulled pork roll! However, for a Middtown eatery this place is fantastic and one of the best value-for-money restaurants I’ve come across in the city.

Inside Mooncake Foods - looking out the window onto W30th St

You'll never wait long for your food here and if you're sitting at the bar you can get a great view of them preparing it.

So tell me Dear Reader, what attractive (or not-so attractive) qualities draw you to your favorite neighborhood restaurant?

Mooncake Foods

263 W30th St

New York, NY 10001

28 Watts St

New York, NY 10013

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