Ever since I tasted the pork bun at Momofuku, Iâ€™ve been hooked. Homemade steamed bread filled with glorious Berkshire roast pork and scallions. Wouldnâ€™t it be great if hot dog vendors would also sell these mouth watering Chinese street sandwiches?
At Province, a Chinese Canteen located on the corner of Church and Walker, nothing about the dÃ©cor distracts you from its purpose; devour as many pork sandwiches as Wimpy would a hamburger. And thatâ€™s all you can get there. Braised pork, spicy pork, or the killer short rib and kimchi. There is a chicken sandwich, although I can never bring myself to order it.
The fall off the bone pork is wrapped in a mantou, a steamed bread which is a staple in Northern China. Romaine lettuce can be substituted, but this would be a mistake. These pork buns will set you back $3.75, but two rounds out at $7.00, and three at $10.50.
Province gets on the noodle bandwagon with spunky cold sesame noodles adorned with either chicken, roast pork or sweet & spicy tofu. What an absolute treat. I still enjoy the traditional form from old bastions like Mei Lah Wah on Bayard, but the new style is here to stay.