Guangzhou Rice Rolls – NYC
Rice noodle rolls or cheung fun are popular in New York all of sudden, which I don’t mind at all. I ❤️ rice rolls! The trendiest rice roll spot at the moment is Yin Ji Chang Fen, the rice roll chain from Guangzhou, China. Since they opened, the restaurant has been packed with lines out the door. On my visit, I intentionally went around 2pm and I still had to wait on line. The line moved fast, however, and I was seated within 10 minutes. Not too bad.
YJCF has 16 varieties of rice rolls, and all are housemade to ensure the thinnest of layers. I ordered the marinated pork and shrimp ($6.95), and the rice roll was indeed fresh, and the sheets thin and delicate.
The restaurant also serves congee, 14 different kinds. I ordered the shrimp congee ($5.95), and it came piping hot, topped with lots of cilantro and ginger. One note: the congee at YJCF comes more seasoned than other restaurants in Chinatown. Not a bad thing, but taste the congee before adding any condiments.
Visit Rating: 4/5 stars
Pro Tip: Unless you want to wait 30 minutes to an hour for $6 rice rolls, go at non-peak hours.