Food in Mouth


Wah Mei pork chops and grubby fingers

These days I seem to crave foods that make me feel comfortable. Things like pizza are nice because they're portable and relatively inexpensive. For comfort, what I really want is Chinese food. A few weeks ago the NYC Cravings truck debuted. The initial fervor of a Taiwanese food truck made me wonder about the last time I had pork chop/fried chicken leg over rice. It had been too long. I made the trip down to Wah Mei Fast food because it's probably one of the best places for take-out if you want pork chop over rice.


Wah Mei used to be called Mei Wah. This name changed occurred a few years ago. I remember when I was at NYU and lived down by Chinatown, this place would always smell like meat and grease. You didn't even have to walk into the 'restaurant'. All you had to do was get within fifty feet and the smell would just overwhelm your nose.

I'm not sure if the name change really did change the food. They still sell chicken leg and pork chop over rice. They add pork sauce, mustard greens, and napa cabbage over the rice to make it super delicious. This is the kind of stuff that I grew up on, and this is the kind of simple, delicious meal that just sends me over the top with happiness.


As far as pork chops go, I pretty much like them all. Asian pork chops are usually thinner than their Wester counter parts. Whenever people talk about pork chops over rice, they're usually refering to a thin style pork chop that's flavored with five spice powder. At Wah Mei, this is how they roll too. When you order, they heat up your pork chop in the most heavenly way possible. No, not by microwave. No, not by cooking it fresh. By dropping a pre-made pork chop into a vat of dark oil. You would think murky oil would produce a pork chop that's harmful for your health, but rest easy. The only thing that it produced was deliciousness.


Even though Wah Mei's pork chop is delicious, it's actually not as delicious as the pork sauce. Pork sauce is some sort of ground pork concoction with a soy sauce base. I think. Maybe it's just ground pork mixed with liquid brown lard. Who knows. It's delicious on rice because it's salty and makes you want to eat more rice. Couple the pork sauce with the pickled mustard greens, each bite becomes amazing. They add some napa cabbage probably because people like me need some fiber at some point. Mmm... fiber.

Today I want to rant about free food in the office. Maybe you have this as well... sometimes after some big meeting where they cater brownies or cookies or sandwiches, they'll take the extra food and put it in the pantry/kitchen area of the office. Then free food lovers like me descend upon such a treat like liberals for Obama video clips. Then there's always that guy. The one who has grubby fingers and touches everything. This bugs me to no end. It's free food and there's lots of people who are interested. The rule is you look to see what you want, then you take if you want it. The rule is not pick up what you think you might want, and put it back when you realize you don't want it. Seriously son, who taught you manners? I want to do that thing that moms used to do... like you reach for some chips or to double dip and your mom slaps your hand away because you're being a spoiled brat. That's exactly want I want to do to Mister McGrubby Fingers. And maybe I'm not man enough to just say, "Yo, don't ruin it for the rest of us with your nasty germs." But this is a work place so I stay polite and just skip the free food. I mean it helps that free food only comes along once a month at most but still... I thought there was some sort of common decorum with all of this. Isn't there?

Wah Mei
190 Hester St.
New York, NY 10013

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  • :D I bet you hate double dippers too.

    Now I need pork chops.

  • my office has a listserv for free food in the office but most of the time people just find the food and before you can send out an email, it's all gone.

  • I think you can buy the pork sauce by the tub too.

  • People at my work are pretty gross too. I've seen women leave the bathroom without washing their hands and there are 2 guys on my floor that are constantly picking their noses. I wish hygiene was the new trend.

    And I love the saucy pork chops and chicken at Wah Mei. I only wish they had a truck.

  • Put that pork chop in a bo law bao (pineapple bun)! And to add to the rant, I went to a company dinner where food was served family style. I witness someone stick his fork in all the pierogies until he found one he liked. I wanted to punch him in the face!

  • You should make friends with the people in the meetings and have them give you food directly.

  • @Su-Lin,

    Oh those double dippers are just rascals! ;)


    That's really sophisticated... but like you hinted, most free loaders like me can find these things without the aid of technology. Mmm... food


    wow, hmm... this kind of rocks. I might have to check that out or just learn how to make pork sauce!


    Ooooh yes if they had a truck it would be perfect! And I don't know why people at the office are gross like that, wtf is wrong with them?


    Ah... that's a great idea. I saw a picture of that a couple of weeks ago. I feel like it requires a breaded pork chop with a crispy crust. Hmmm... Next time, punch the guy in the face!


    You're right, or I should start meetings myself and order food on the company's dime! :D

  • Can I be potentially racist and say I don't know any Asian people who pull that shit? Because for damn sure all of our parents slapped our hands or yelled at us. I tried it as a kid. You're not allowed to pick through stuff. But we were allowed to stare really hard at the plate to see if the piece underneath was 'better' (by whatever standards)... My [non-Asian] BF, however, has been yelled at repeatedly by me if I serve a platter of like, chicken cutlets and he picks up each piece (with his hands, sometimes!!!) to pick out one he likes. To be honest, I could care less if he picks the "best" piece because I don't have the same standards as he does (he likes them thin and dry), but WTF not with your hands.

    And this is why I do not eat family style with non-family. lol.

  • "Wah Mei used to be called Mei Wah."

    the original owners retired but did not want to sell the restaurant and their secret recipes. Wah Mei is run by new owners and has nothing to do with Mei Wah.

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