Chinatown’s Little-Known Specialty: Jerky!

Dan and I love Asian food and eat-it-up-yum at nearly every meal.  Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Chinese all are in our top five favorite cuisines. This means that we spend a huge amount of time trolling the Chinatowns in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn for delicious treats. I don’t know how we stumbled upon this particular Chinatown delicacy, but lordy I am glad we did! I mean, what carnivore doesn’t love beef jerky? Chinese-style jerky is different from most kinds of jerky I’ve had before, and it is straight up delicious.

Ling Kee Beef Jerky in Chintown from bionicgrrrl on flickr

Ling Kee Beef Jerky in Chinatown (photo credit: bionicgrrrl via flickr)

In my opinion, Ling Kee is the best of the 4-5 dedicated jerky spots in Chinatown. Spicy chicken, spicy beef, spicy pork, shrimp pork jerky!?! This is serious business!  Several whole entire stores in one neighborhood dedicated only to JERKY. Check out this great post from Serious Eats on the various Chinatown jerky spots.

Spicy Pork Jerky from Ling Kee from bionicgrrrl on flickr

Gratuitous Spicy Jerky Close-up from Ling Kee Beef Jerky Emporium (photo credit: bionicgrrrl via flickr)

Whenever Dan and I are in there we buy maybe a pound, and it’s so rich that we take it home and it lasts through several days of serious snacking.  But the other people shopping there come in and buy several pounds of each kind, dropping hundreds of dollars on jerky. For reals. I always leave feeling seriously impressed by people’s passion for the jerky. Haha, “The Passion of the Jerky.” I can definitely get down with that.

Visit Ling Kee Beef Jerky at 42 Canal Street between Ludlow and Orchard in east Chinatown.