Updated: The proprietor, standing to the left, rolled up with his wares during the annual Dragon Boat Festival.
Since I'd first seen him, a day earlier, he'd made out a larger, clearer menu for his zongzi ($1.50 each). These leaf-wrapped bindles of glutinous rice, with various fillings, are a traditional food for this festival. The character for "pork," in the first menu item, I recognized at once, but the other handwritten entries were more troublesome, especially as other customers closed in. Ultimately I trusted in the wisdom of the crowd and bought a second, popular dumpling — I believe it was number four — which proved to be shot through with corn kernels and mung beans.
Perhaps some Eating In Translation reader would take a crack at translating the rest of the menu. The rest of us will be grateful, even though we'll need to wait a year till the festival rolls around again.
Mobile zongzi vendor
Main St., Flushing, Queens