Years ago, supermarkets in Chinatown used to sell a particular brand of beef/pork jerky that I absolutely loved. I can’t remember the name of the brand, but it was discontinued probably close to 8 years ago. This was high quality jerky, not the tough and super-dry kind you get at a convenience store. It had a fresh and softer texture about it, and was insanely yummy.
Well, after years of longing for the taste again, I’ve found a store devoted solely to making this type of jerky, and I think it’s even better than the kind I remembered.
Ling Kee Beef Jerky (map!). A little shop on Canal Street between Orchard and Ludlow, in the non-touristy area of Chinatown. You can buy pork, beef, chicken, and pork & shrimp jerky in regular or spicy, and they will let you try samples before buying! It's definitely worth forking over $4.25 for a quarter pound of this stuff. My favorite is the slightly firmer/drier pork jerky, which has a good chewiness and awesome flavor.
So give this place a try, and then after, you can walk around the neighborhood and try to find the cuttlefish graffiti. Only in Chinatown…