Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah Tea Parlor is one of those places you walk by and think:  What a great looking place, is it open? Before this recent redo Nam Wah always looked vaguely closed, dark and empty maybe a few old Chinese men chatting in the back, but it certainly wasn't what you would call inviting.  Even thought the original 1920 fixtures and store front where so appealing I often thought I should risk it and just go in and see what was going on.  Part of what makes Nam Wah so charming is that it is positioned at the curve of the only curing street in Chinatown, so you feel we you walk down Doyers street like you are walking down a narrow lane way and just as it turns there you discover this very charming old tea house.  So it is so exciting to me that the young Wilson Tang a decedent of the original owner (who is still alive and will be helping out) has renovated the kitchen, cleaned things up, created a new menu based on old family recipes and made Nom Wah Tea Parlor a place to go to once again!

The food we had was great, the room is totally charming and the service friendly my only compliant is that the water is served in styrofoam cups! Which are so environmentally damaging they shouldn't even be made, so I hope they get some glass glasses soon.

Here's Doyers Street on the approach to Nom Wah...
 Around the bend...
 My friend Pam...
 The room, virtually unchanged since it opened....
True to it's name this tea parlour have a great selection, with descriptions, of teas sold at very reasonable prices.
 Eggplant and shrimp.
 Our lunch...
 Shrimp and Celery in Tofu Skin deep fried was my favorite dish.
 Chinese Broccoli cooked to perfection with just a touch of Oyster Sauce.
Oh and just so you know they don't as of this writing have air conditioning, but they do have some awesome old fans which did the trick just fine when we were there.

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