Lunch Today: Roast Pork at Big Wong King

Lunch Today

Lunchtime adventures from the Serious Eats editors.

Big Wong King

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

You'd think good char siu, that glistening red barbecue roast pork, would be easy to find around Chinatown. And you can find it just about everywhere you look, except that most of it is pretty passable. Tough and chewy, syrupy sweet, barely charred or burnt to a crisp—they're all pitfalls down the road to good Chinese roast pork. But Big Wong King gets it pretty right.

For $5.25 you get a generous portion of chopped roast meat over rice, tender with creamy fat and a hint of caramelization around the edges. Ask for it fatty (you should) and you'll actually get it—a rare trust between diner and restaurant worth nourishing in Chinatown.

Big Wong King

67 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (map) 212-964-0540