I came in here for a quick bite, and left a very happy man. Here’s what I tried:
1) Sausage Party
This is a sausage that’s nestled in a sticky rice bun, but the bun has been fried to achieve a nice crunch outside. Awesome.
2) Fried Chicken Sandwich
Currently on my list of best dishes for the year, this baby is made with perfectly golden fried leg/thigh meat, and has a nice kick to it from the pickled daikon and chili pepper slaw on top. Get this ASAP.
Nicely cooked, good quality seafood. The broth/sauce is great with rice.
I went to Hwa Yuan with my wife and a group of friends to celebrate Lunar/Chinese New Year. We had a massive feast, but the very first bite of the meal was the clear favorite for all of us: crispy tangy beef.
This shit was like meat candy. So good that I wanted it by the bucketful.
Next up, Peking roasted duck.
Look at this fellow up close:
Our waiter sliced it up table side:
Here’s a short video of the slicing, set to American New Year music:
I also really liked this plate of sliced mountain yam with ginger, snow peas, goji berries and wood ear mushrooms. The yams tasted like giant water chestnuts.
This plate of eggplant was really tasty too, and I typically don’t love eggplant.
This dish was called “Amazing Chicken.” I really liked the sauce, but I wish the chicken had a bit more texture on it.
This was a roasted and stewed Barramundi fish.
And this bowl of ma po tofu was perfect. Just the right amount of silky texture and numbing spice with heat.
These pea sprouts were tasty too – almost like a cross between spinach and collards, simply steamed with garlic and soy.
Get your asses down to this joint and dig in. The food is really great!
We, my wife, and a friend took a trip to Flushing to explore some of the great food joints in the area – this was a while back, in mid 2012.
It’s kind of like a food paradise here. There are secret, hidden indoor (and sometimes underground) malls of food kiosks tucked away in unassuming buildings. Check out some of the pics:
After some wandering, we ended up trying hot pot at Baidu Shabu Shabu. I think it was like $25-$35pp all you can eat, and all you can drink beer. We got the spicy pot, and a shit-heap of different stuff to throw in, like lamb, beef tongue, beef brisket, beef rib eye, beef belly, pork belly, a host of veggies, and noodles. Needless to say we were fattened up like pigs afterward. I recommend this place – lots of fun. Check out the pics:
Okay so fast-forward over a year later. My wife is feeling sick. We were about to go back to Flushing just to get some soup, but we ended up finding out about a tiny little place called Tao’s Delicacies out on Long Island that we were interested to try out. Turns out it was pretty legit, and $25pp all you can eat, with unlimited soda/canned drinks. They had quality beef stomach, lotus root, mushrooms, shrimp (with the heads on), fish balls with pork inside, veggies, and even tofu skin (my favorite). If you are out on the island, and feel up for the experience of eating in someone’s living room, then check out this hidden gem of a restaurant. Pics below:
BAIDU SHABU SHABU
37-04 Prince St.
Flushing, NY 11354
1310 Middle Country Rd.
Selden, NY 11784