Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Great Fortune



I love Chinese food -- actually just about any Asian cuisine -- and could pretty happily eat it every day. Generally in New York that is a very easy request. There is often a Chinese restaurant every few blocks. And for a long time that was true for me. When I worked downtown there were several Chinese restaurants just a few blocks away. I was a frequent visitor. For many years there was a Chinese take-out place just a few blocks away and a Malaysian restaurant -- with fabulous Mango Chicken -- two blocks away.

But our office moved. The Malaysian restaurant lost its lease. The Chinese restaurant became a very fancy fish restaurant and from many options, no options! It wasn't a major disappointment, but there were nights that I wanted hot and sour soup or cold sesame noodles for dinner and there was nowhere on the way home to get them. Of course I had the option of having them delivered, but the minimum delivery was ten dollars and it seemed too pricey to order out on a regular basis, when all I really needed was soup or noodles.

I know someone is mourning the sushi restaurant that went out of business, but its replacement is this, a Chinese takeout right around the corner from my building, and on the way home from the subway. The hot and sour soup, a generous pint, is a bargain by almost any standards and certainly by Manhattan standards at $1.91, with noodles and fortune cookie and it's delicious. What great good fortune!

Wishing you good fortune and your heart's desire tomorrow and every day! 

12 comments:

Belle said...

I know exactly how you feel! It wasn't that long ago that there were no Asian restaurants around us. Now we have Chinese, Thai and Japanese close by. Definitely makes life a lot nicer!

Jane said...

Glad you have a new Chinese restaurant to enjoy!

Jane

roy/elisabeth dean said...

yummmm.....I love Asian food too! We have a great Thai Restaurant in town that I get to as often as possible. The owner is teaching me origami and I'm loving it!
Have a beautiful week Buttercup~
♥,Lilly

Country Dreaming said...

How nice for you!
Enjoy!

Melinda

Jemi Fraser said...

We have a couple of fantastic Chinese restaurants here in town - awesome! :)

Amrita said...

We can get Chinese food cooked by Indian chefs, but in the metros there are authentic chinese eateries.

Dani said...

so good you got one close by now..we have one just two blocks from us and I have to get my fix every so often...grew up on Chinese food as my dad spent alot of time as a young man in the orient.....my Iowa bred husband doesn't like it but I sure do....he's a meat and potatoes, Midwestern guy....

LDH said...

Oh, hot and sour soup! My favorite! Now, I have a hankerin'!

k and c's mom said...

Yea for you in finding pleasure in the little things. We ask so little sometimes! Hot and sour soup is my favorite, too.

Chatty Crone said...

I love all those kind of resturants too Buttercup. Have fun in them. sandie

Mevely317 said...

Oh, now I'm getting hungry all over again!
Shakin' my head in disbelief that you can buy something that inexpensive in NYC! Suppose I've lots of misconceptions to overcome ... :)

Mimi said...

HI BUTTERCUP!!
My NYC friend!!how are you!
I am not a huge fan of Asian Food, probably because when I grew up, it was not served and i never became a big fan, MY KIDS LOVE IT!!ANd they love Sushi!!NOT ME!!!!!!!!!But I do like Panda express and their yummy orange chicken!!!Fortune Cookies is another story all in itself!!They are cute and funny and I got a fortune cookie at a PIZZA PLACE about a week or so, and around these parts on the Christian Radio station they have a segment called Make a difference Monday, NO I do not do something special every Monday, but my fortune cookie on this particular Monday inspired me to do something anonymously for a young Man in a T-shit with the words ARMY on it and walking with a cane. SO I for now LOVE fortune cookies because maybe it inspires others to give and to dream!!
love ya,
jamie