On our last LES shopping day, Petitesoeur wanted to try a Malaysian place called Aux Epices she had read about in Serious Eats. So we hiked over to Chinatown to an unassuming pleasant little eatery tucked away on Baxter Street.
We both wanted the Nasi Lemak for sure, and decided to get a couple appetizers as well -- hijiki fish dumplings and duck spring rolls.
So we decided to go for it and order the mango tart on top of that - talk about decadent! It was warm and flaky and creamy, with a great burnt sugar flavor and freshness of the fruit sweetness. So good!
The husband and wife team were friendly and inviting too. The husband was eating his own dinner in the dining room, and came around a few times to check on us. The wife came out of the kitchen after the meal to say hi. Definitely a place to go back to with more people, so we can try some of the delicious looking noodle bowls and dishes we saw going to other people's tables.
121 Baxter St, New York 10013
(Btwn Hester & Canal St)