Henan Feng Wei in Flushing is tucked away on the often forgotten 41st Avenue. The Henan restaurant was renovated and serves the best pork pancake I have ever tasted. Fluffy, flavorful and stuffed with so much pork if you cut it more than once, it will all spill out. Most items are under five dollars. They even have soup dumplings!
At Biang, the trendier and more formal version of Xi’an Famous Foods, you can have quail two ways. The quail eggs on sausage & toasted Mantou slices are sweet and creamy with a little spice. The spicy quail with tiger vegetables is sure to tingle your tastebuds with cumin and then cool them down with celery and cilantro. Get it spicy in Flushing.
Fresh Garlic Sauce: the secret condiment in the dumpling stall at the basement of the Golden Mall in Flushing. It was my first time seeing this…. I drenched my lamb + squash dumpling in it after adding their chili sauce —- saw god.
A meal at Lao Dong Bei in Flushing will leave you with a sweet dessert. The chef’s version of mat tang is caramelized taro, banana, and apples. It arrives piping hot and sticky. Dip a piece in the ice water bath and the sugary coating crystalizes and becomes a crunchy candy shell. Bet you can’t stop at just one piece!
Lao Dong Bei, 44-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355
Uptown they play dominos, in the LES - selo. In Flushing, Queens it’s mahjong. When I tried to get close to this cluster they just froze up and refused to play. On Kissena Blvd. heading into Oakland Gardens.
Rapunzel’s got nothing on the noodles at Biang! which stretch endlessly, as if the entire bowl were one continuous mile-long strand. They’re fun, delicious, chewy, and the hand-torn edges catch bits of oil and sauce like spunky little pockets of flavor. The name, Biang!, may be intended to mimic the sound of the hand-stretched noodles slapping the cutting board as they are formed, but “Biang!” should also pop-up like a cartoon dialog box over your head as the spices hit your palate like a superhero’s punch. The flavors and textures are intense, but ultimately very rewarding. If you enjoyed the Xi’an stall in the Flushing underground food court, then savor a more comfortable dining experience with the same excellent dishes (that’s a lamb face salad above—and yes, that’s an eyeball), and a few special additions. Biang! * 41-10 Main Street, Flushing * http://www.biang-nyc.com/
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.
Jumping Jehoshaphat them’s some big jackfruit! Spotted at Korean megamarket Assi Plaza in Flushing. Do people actually buy them whole? And to think people call the durian the king of all fruit. Compared to these bad boys the football-sized tropical fruit is a mere pretender to the throne.