Just a few blocks away from the 7 train on 111th Street on the way to Flushing Meadows Corona Park are a few street vendors. If you get hungry, try a stick of barbecued chicken. It’s simply seasoned and for an extra kick throw some hot sauce on it. If that’s not enough, add a side of salchipapas (hot dogs and french fries) and wash it down with some horchata.
I hate when my roommates get sick, but I do love having an excuse to pick up my favorite roasted chicken from this Woodside Ave. favorite. Peking BBQ’s rotisserie chicken is perfect eaten straight out of the box, but use it in some chicken soup and you’re cured, or at least heart-warmed, in no time.
This gorgeous thing is Sate Ayam, an extremely tasty version of chicken satay found at Mie Jakarta, an Indonesian restaurant in Elmhurst. The tender chicken tastes pleasantly of the grill, and the peanut sauce is rich, sweet, and savory all at once. When I first tasted it, I was in love! I can see myself ordering this again and again. And again. Mie Jakarta, 86-20 Whitney Ave., Elmhurst, NY 11373; (718) 606-8025
My name is Meg Cotner and I am based in Astoria, Queens. I’m a food writer and blogger, one of the founders of We Heart Astoria, and I have been writing about the food and culture of Astoria and Queens for about six years now. Right now I am in the middle of writing a guidebook to food in Queens, which will be published in December 2012 by Globe Pequot Press. A lot of my posts here will be about Astoria and LIC, but I love traveling around the borough and exploring its food, architecture, and public art. I’m thrilled to be able to post here along with so many inspiring Queens-based writers, and to share my love of Queens on Queens Love.