Joe’s Steam Rice Roll

This dish, which is served on a paper plate, mind you, has pretty much become insta-famous. I wanted to make my way downtown to try it and then, as luck would have it, I realized my new office was right around the corner.

Inside Canal Street Market, Joe’s Steam Rice Roll pretty much serves one thing. You pick whether you want the signature (pork/beef) or the shrimp and decide if you want them to include corn, scallions, cilantro, sprouts, or all of the above. Sauce? If you’re me the answer is duh.

There’s soy, a non-spicy sesame chile sauce, and a peanut sauce. I poured all of them them allllll over those slippery noods.

A steam rice roll is basically wide rice noodles folded over filling. It flops around like a dead fish…not an appetizing description, but it truly is delicious. And cheap. Those are two things I look for in comfort food. In the case of Joe’s, which is pricier than the steam rice rolls found at dim sum spots in Chinatown, I don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks. It’s still inexpensive for being so deceptively filling, and the noodles themselves are great – chewy without being gummy.