Following our morning meal at Reading Terminal, Steph, John and I made a short walk to Chinatown and straight into the doors of Heung Fa Chun Sweet House. Here we were astounded by a menu that offered dofu fa in a fancy of forms…including a SAVOURY version. Savoury! Can you believe it? I had no idea savoury dofu fa even existed.
There’s also plenty of ches – coconut milk and sugar syrup based. Taro, tapioca, red beans, peanuts, grass jelly. Like. EVERYTHING. I also spotted a fried noodle dish, though that wasn’t listed on the menu.
Here’s the savoury dofu fa. Isn’t that quite sight? We didn’t order this, but the gentleman next to us, who clearly found humour in my fascination, asked if I wanted a photo of the dish :) The dofu fa is topped with fried onions, shrimp bits, and green onions. Not sure what the “broth” is.
We had the sweet dofu fa in its plainest form with a pour of ginger-syrup. Back in NYC I go to that shop with the red awning on Mott Street (right before you hit Pell Street). Nothing’s more amazing than cold dofu fa in the summer, and a hot dofu fa on a snowy day, or when you’re feeling under the weather!
About ready for a nap, we drove back to John’s place and wore down our brains with a few truly horrid (and yet soooo good) television shows. The weather was pretty decent so we went up to the roof and watched a Saturday Philly afternoon from high above.
Soon enough, our bellies were rumbling again and we drove over to Pat’s for another cheesesteak. Pat’s is the more understated of the two “rival” neighboring cheesesteakaries, though both were packed that Saturday evening. We parked right in front of Geno’s – I swear those neon lights just set you into a trance. I felt like we were at a carnival. The drunken crowds of people celebrating an early Saint Patrick’s Day simply added to the complete picture.
Steph and I had our first cheesesteak the night before at Jim’s but we were excited to try Pat’s, which “everyone” said was much better.
I didn’t find that there was huge difference in the cheesesteak itself (though it is a million times more awesome “wit whiz” than it is “wit provolone.” Mushrooms are also a must have. Pat’s edges out Jim’s by a slight bit, only because the “steak” at Jim’s was cut too fine for my preferences. (Though the pulled pork from Dinic’s at Reading Terminal wins over any cheesesteak in my world :)
Cheesesteaks and fries did not sufficiently clog our arteries, so I suggested that we head right on over to Capogiro for our third gelato trip in two days. The 20th Street location is much better than the 13th Street one because here they have GELATO SANDWICHES. And gelato cakes. Big cakes and little cakes. All composed of gelato. At 13th Street they only have gelato by the scoop.
The night? A fun mix of dance and drink. It has recently come to my attention that I am wholly incapable of dancing with people. All the dances I’ve studied in the past has conveniently enough, involved only myself. One person. Never had to think about keeping beat or rhythm with another. I should really work on fixing this in the near future, heheh.
Happy Thursday :)
Heung Fa Chun Sweet House
112 N 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Pat’s King of Steaks
1237 E Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
117 S 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
27 S 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103