Cheap Eats: Forget Your Diet with Tasty Pork!

“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to indulge and you don’t have to pay through the nose to do so. I plan to review many of the cheap options I find on various websites and will let you know if they are as good and as cheap as advertised. If you have a suggestion for a place to review, feel free to let me know through my contact page.

Ok, I’ll admit that most of the super cheap eats I have found so far aren’t the healthiest meals in the world. The pork and rice dish that I found for you today might be the worst one yet. On the other hand, most of my home-cooked meals are good for me, so if eating out is a special treat, I don’t feel so bad about getting the fatty pork dish from:

Wah Fung #1 Fast Food – 79 Chrystie St (map)

The line out the front is a good indication that their is deliciousness within!
The line out the front is a good indication that their is deliciousness within!
I had heard that the lines at lunch can get long, so I arrived at 11:45am to try to beat the rush. Despite my efforts, the line still extended out the door. On my way out though, I realized that the line I stood in wasn’t so bad. When I ordered my food, I was impressed by how masterfully the old man behind the counter wielded his carving knife.
He was quick with the knife and piled on the meat!
He was quick with the knife and piled on the meat!

The end result? A big ol’ pile of rice topped with a mountain of pork (take note, you can get chicken instead of pork).

It looks even more unhealthy than I remember!
It looks even more unhealthy than I remember!

The Cheap Eats Breakdown

How was the ordering experience? I would not want to stroll up at 1pm. I imagine the line would be ridiculous. Since I got there at 11:45, the process was pretty simple. Plus, it was great fun to watch them chop the meat for your lunch in front of you!

How unique is the food? This pork dish leaned towards less unique. But it wasn’t just a slice of pizza, so it had some intrigue. But I think even picky eaters (the ones that don’t mind fatty foods at least) would be fine eating this.

How delicious was the food? What a guilty indulgence! Don’t skip your workout on the day that you try Wah Fung, but it makes for an amazing treat.

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? Oh yes. Be sure to order the SMALL rice and pork (or chicken) combo. The container seems small, but they keep piling more and more meat on there, stuffing the little container as much as possible. Final price was only $3.75!

Conclusion: One of the better cheap eats that I have found, but there is no way I could have this on a consistent basis. This will definitely be a guilty treat for me from time to time.


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7 thoughts on “Cheap Eats: Forget Your Diet with Tasty Pork!

  1. Phil April 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Gotta love these cheap and tasty spots tp grab a bite in NYC. Healthy, no, but really delicious!
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    • Mr NYBudget April 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      One of the many reasons I love this city!

  2. EL @ Moneywatch101 April 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Keep these cool spots coming, when I go to NYC on the weekends I’ll visit them the first chance I get. I will probably get the chicken first, and venture with the pork the second time around.
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    • Mr NYBudget April 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      I imagine the chicken is SLIGHTLY less bad for you – I am looking forward to going back and trying it out.

  3. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life April 15, 2014 at 4:06 am

    This is not within a five block radius of my apartment, so no go 😉 haha jk, it’s a no go because it’s meat.
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    • Mr NYBudget April 15, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Ha – yeah, this one isn’t for you, unfortunately. There’s more to come, though!

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