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Ling's Fresh Made Sweet Mini Cakes

If you’ve ever walked through Manhattan’s Chinatown during the day, you’ve probably been overtaken by the smell of warm, fried dough on the sidewalk near the corner of Mulberry and Canal. That’s Ling’s, a cart that’s been serving soft, spherical dough puffs since 1982. We like to keep it simple and order the original, which cost $1.50 and comes with 15 piping hot cakes in a white paper bag. But Ling’s also sells mini cakes covered in condensed milk and chocolate syrup, if you want to really shake up your life.

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