What can I possibly tell you about a box that you do not already know? Huh? Exactly, EVERYTHING. I mean uh, NOTHING (because this is a food blog and because I'm more Steve Urkel than Wilt Chamberlain but who is like wilt anyway?). What I can tell you about are chive boxes. They are like a healthy Chinese version of the hot pocket. Who doesn't love that?
Wang Zhen's Muslim Snacks boasts of a straight forward menu. I just couldn't tell you how straight forward, because I can't read Chinese. You can see that your options are fairly limited though. Through pointing and asking, I figured out they serve chive box and also some beef hot pocket type of thing.
The beef pocket boasts of a thin crust with a meaty filling that seemed to contain some cabbage and ginger as well. You might think this looks sort of like a hamburger with ultra thin buns but the meat is not packed together at all. The only thing that holds it together is the crust that surrounds it. If you are really hungry, this is worth a try. But the chive box is where it's at. The box is always where it's at. ha! (Ok ok, enough of that).
The chive box or jia cai he zi is comprised of Garlic chives, eggs, and clear noodles. I grew up on this stuff and could eat this thing every day. The chives tasted fresh and satisfying. Every bite was packed with flavor and was delicious. I've had better crust before but chive boxes are hard to find in New York so I was not going to complain.
I actually had some more during the Flushing Field Trip but the pictures did not turn out right. And homey don't play that. Maybe next time I go, there will be better pictures. In the meantime, does anyone know where to get chive boxes in the city?
Golden Shopping Mall
41-28 Main St.
New York, NY 11355
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