A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 16, 2019
Four King Kongs or Four Heavenly Kings (Shanghai dish of dabing, youtiao, doujiang and cifantuan)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Shanghai cuisine
Four Heavenly Kings 四大天王 四大天王 sì dà tiān wáng
The collective name of these four dishes pays homage to the Four Heavenly Kings in Chinese Buddhism. The four dishes are common breakfast foods in Shanghai: da bing (大饼; 大餅; dà bǐng; “Chinese pancake"), youtiao, ci fan tuan (糍饭团; 糍飯團; cífàntuán; “steamed sticky rice ball") and soy milk. Ci fan tuan is made of warm steamed sticky rice. Shanghainese like putting sugar and youtiao inside steamed sticky rice. People also put salty duck egg yolk, rousong or other stuffing in ci fan tuan.

Wikipedia: King Kong
King Kong is a giant movie monster, resembling an enormous gorilla, that has appeared in various media since 1933. The character first appeared in the 1933 film King Kong from RKO Pictures, which received universal acclaim upon its initial release and re-releases. A sequel quickly followed that same year with The Son of Kong, featuring Little Kong.

Ma href="https://archive.shine.cn/feature/ideal/A-big-bite-of-Shanghai/shdaily.shtml">Shanghai Daily
A big bite of Shanghai
By Nie Xin | February 2, 2009, Monday
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Dim sum is also popular for breakfast in Shanghai. This includes dabing, large flatbread; youtiao, deep-fried twisted dough sticks; doujiang, soybean milk; and cifangao, glutinous rice cake.

They are referred to as the “Four Great King Kongs” as they are the most traditional and popular breakfast foods among Shanghainese people.

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Chinese Street Food Tour in Shanghai, China | Street Food in China BEST Seafood
The Food Ranger
Published on Sep 14, 2016
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7) 10:44 Shanghai breakfast street food specialties - Chinese street food breakfast in Shanghai. We had 4 specialties.
Restaurant name and address: Ajian’s Dough Sticks and Soy bean milk restaurant: 普陀区平利路和西乡路交汇处(阿建油条豆浆店)
Price: Around 16 RMB ($2.40)
11:00
“Today, we are going to eat the 4 ‘king kongs.’”
11:22
“We are going to try the 4 king kongs. And add a special rice cake, you can have 5.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Saturday, February 16, 2019 • Permalink