I found myself uttering the common Cantonese refrain m'goy (or "thank you") repeatedly at Tasty Wok, a modest corner noodle house where roasted birds dangle as freely as modifiers in a high school English essay. No matter the language, the dishes here — cheap, authentic and downright delicious — speak for themselves.
Curry-infused Singapore rice noodles ($9.50) ruled, each pan-fried thread pungent with the essence of the wok and with enough shrimp and pork to realize a Levitical nightmare. A swell of thick, flat noodles glistened in the beef chow fun ($9.50), textured with a bushel of crunchy scallions and bean sprouts and layered with tender slices of beef. As far as the suspended fowl is concerned, appetizer portions of roast duck ($5.95) and chicken ($5.25), hacked into bite-sized chunks and served with a secret dip — soy sauce and sesame oil were the only ingredients I was able to glean — offer a proper juicy-to-crisp ratio.
Adventuresome gastronomes can have a field day with dishes from duck feet to jellyfish to beef tendon congee, while daily specials are handwritten and posted on a rack near the kitchen. The space is small, relatively unadorned and perpetually bustling with families, though heads are typically buried in bowls. The red-and-black-clad waitresses are quick, efficient and always poised to educate the uninitiated, but if you're really craving a Sino-American staple, you can get your fill of General Tso's chicken too.