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Biography

Jing Fong was founded in 1978 as a dim sum restaurant with just 150 seats, located at 24 Elizabeth Street. In a still developing Chinatown, amidst the wider economic uncertainty of New York City in the 70s, the original founders soon fell upon difficult times. With mounting operating and maintenance expenses, the owners negotiated an ingenious deal with their master plumber, Shui Ling Lam: in exchange for forgiving Jing Fong’s debits, he would become the restaurant’s majority shareholder.

With the new ownership group in place, Jing Fong seized the opportunity to become one of New... READ MORE

Jing Fong was founded in 1978 as a dim sum restaurant with just 150 seats, located at 24 Elizabeth Street. In a still developing Chinatown, amidst the wider economic uncertainty of New York City in the 70s, the original founders soon fell upon difficult times. With mounting operating and maintenance expenses, the owners negotiated an ingenious deal with their master plumber, Shui Ling Lam: in exchange for forgiving Jing Fong’s debits, he would become the restaurant’s majority shareholder.

With the new ownership group in place, Jing Fong seized the opportunity to become one of New York’s premier dim sum and banquet halls. In 1993, the restaurant moved to its current location at 20 Elizabeth Street, where it now occupies over 20,000 square feet, with capacity for 800 seats. With its new grand dining hall, Jing Fong focused on bringing to its guests the traditional Chinese dining experience ̶ a social gathering meant to be shared with friends, family, loved ones and even strangers. Throughout the years, Jing Fong has become a community fixture and is well-recognized among the Chinese community, local New Yorkers, and even tourists.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? My favorite NYC restaurant is of course the restaurant I work for - Jing Fong! My favorite dish here is actually steamed fish with ginger and scallion because it is healthy and everyone can eat it. What is your ultimate meal? In the fall, I love making my family Moon Cake to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. My family loves my mooncakes! I also like steaming Chicken with Salt, Ginger, and Scallion. What three things are always in your pantry? 1) Flour 2) Salted Peanut & Mixed Nuts 3) Bread If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Policeman If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Anyone? Wow.. Dominique Ansel because his pastries are delicious and I love bread and pastries. What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? I have never been!