Cheap Eats Yi Zhang Fishball

Cheap Eats: REALLY Cheap Noodles with Peanut Sauce

“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.

Here’s another Chinatown gem. It’s a little out of the way for me, on the far side of Chinatown and I happened to go on a hot day, so I rolled up pretty sweaty, but hopeful I would get some great food.

Cheap Eats Yi Zhang Fishball
Yi Zhang Fishball. Hmm, what in the world is a fishball?

Yi Zhang Fishball – 9 Eldridge St (map)

Sadly, I never did find out what a fishball is. I was tempted by a super cheap item on the menu: noodles with “peanut butter sauce”, which I think just meant peanut sauce since it tasted just like normal peanut sauce.

Cheap Eats Noodles with Peanut Sauce
I had to try both types of noodles!

Now, I could NOT believe how cheap these noodles were, so I figured I needed two orders to satisfy my hunger. The portions just had to be small, right? I went ahead and ordered a rice noodle AND a wheat noodle and here’s how it broke down.


How was the ordering experience? Easy. I walked to the back of the restaurant. There were places to sit, but I was ordering to-go as usual. The lady behind the counter definitely thought I was ordering for two people as there were two sets of eating utensils in my bag.

How unique is the food? Actually, not that unique and it got old after two whole servings of it. If I had it to do over again, I would probably order one peanut noodle and something completely different from the menu, like maybe the fish ball!

How delicious was the food? So my first bite was pretty bland. If you order this, make SURE to mix up the noodles in the sauce. After a thorough mixing, it was actually pretty delicious, but again, I had so much of it that it definitely got old.

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? Yep – in fact, I should have only ordered one noodle. I was SO hungry that day and couldn’t get through both. And for more food than I wanted, my total was only $4 ($2 each for the noodles).

Conclusion: Definitely try this place out. The noodles are very simple, but good in moderation and I definitely want to try some of the other cheap items on the menu as well!

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8 thoughts on “Cheap Eats: REALLY Cheap Noodles with Peanut Sauce

  1. Kristin @ Brokepedia July 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Oh man I love fishballs. What is it, exactly? I have no idea. A chewy, rubbery ball that tastes vaguely like fish. I mean, what’s not to love?
    Those noodles look damn tasty.
    Now I’m craving a hot bowl of fishball soup.
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    • Mr NYBudget July 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Can’t wait to go back and try those fishballs now!

  2. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life July 25, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I LOVE peanut sauce, but I can’t eat that many noodles without having to run five miles afterwards to burn it off, and it is just too hot 😉
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    • Mr NYBudget July 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Haha – fair enough! There might be something else on the menu that you could get peanut sauce on.

  3. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply July 25, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I don’t know if I can just have noodles though I love peanut sauce…next time get the fishballs! I’m not sure what it is…a mix of fish, flour, seasoning, rolled up into a ball or something…but yea I like fishballs!
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    • Mr NYBudget July 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Nice – I definitely will get the fishballs next time – sounds amazing.

  4. Financial Samurai August 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Them noodles look very, very good!! Lot of cheap Asian eats in SF as well. 50% of the pop is Asian.
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    • Mr NYBudget August 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Oooh – I bet – I’ll definitely have to check out SF cheap eats at some point!

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