I had long heard that Flushing, Queens, was Mecca for Chinese food lovers, a paradise of mom-and-pop dumpling shops, full-scale restaurants, and shopping center food courts hawking hand-pulled noodles made on the premises. I had been to Flushing once before, to dine at Guan Fu with my friend Daisy. Now that I was an old hand at riding the 7 train, I thought I'd take Mr Minx with me for a dumpling adventure.
I had found an article that suggested several dumpling-centric restaurants on and around Flushing's Main Street, and I dutifully noted names and addresses in a file on my phone. Thus armed, we were ready to feast.
Only, the majority of signs in Flushing are in Chinese. As are the people. I have never felt so white. But we pressed on to the first place on the list, which we could not find. We stood in front of the building, looked everywhere for an indication of a basement restaurant, then gave up and went to the second place on the list, White Bear. Thankfully, they had a dual language sign. The #6, wontons in mild chile oil with pickled mustard greens was the suggested dish; indeed every person that entered the shop ordered it.
The next place on the list specialized in xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, but it had closed. With our one-out-of-three success rate, we immediately gave up wandering up and down the street and headed straight for the New World Mall. I was pretty sure we'd find multiple goodies in which to indulge there. And we did.
A working knowledge of Chinese would have really come in handy. Thankfully there was the occasional English word here and there on signs. Lanzhou Handmade Noodles was our next stop for stir-fried noods with lamb. It seemed that most folks were ordering their noodles in some sort of soup, but I figured that would be difficult to share without it getting messy. The portion we got was huge (especially for $10), and while the noodles were perfect, the dish as a whole was a little bland. I should have gone back for tiny cups of chiles and mustard greens, but we were stuck in the middle of a shared table, between couples and families with babies, and I didn't feel like struggling my way back through the pack.
The pork dumplings weren't nearly as good as the ones from White Bear, to be honest.
135-02 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
New World Mall
136-20 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
315 5th Ave,
New York, NY 10016
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