Sometimes the simplest desserts make me happy. Take for instance the coconut balls ($1.50 for a bag of eight) at Lung Moon Bakery, an old-school Chinese bakery on Mulberry Street that sells mooncakes all year round. The chewy, slightly sweet orbs of toasty coconut aren’t made with much more than sugar and shredded coconut, but sometimes that’s all you need. Some people will buy these and complain they don’t taste like macaroons, so before you do, let me tell you now, these aren’t macaroons. There’s nothing cake-like about them. These are for when you pig-out somewhere in Chinatown and are at the brink of exploding, but still want something sweet to eat. Not much, just a little something. And since there’s eight in a bag, after you have your fill, you’ll still have some leftover when afternoon munchies hit the next day.
Lung Moon Bakery
83 Mulberry Street (b/n Bayard & Canal Street; map)
New York, NY 10013