The choices were dizzying. Pork and chive dumplings, fried squid balls, hand-pulled noodles, stinky tofu, lamb burgers and shrimp noodle soup lined tables for the Flushing Mall Grazing Experience, an instant potluck where attendees spent $10 at the food court and brought dishes back for all to share. Jeff Orlick, of Jeffrey Tastes, organized the Feb. 19 event along with a $5 Chili Sauce Tasting Table. He encouraged everyone to graze and try food they've never had. In the slideshow above, find out what the attendees loved at the Flushing Mall.
Orlick, who lives in Woodside, said the event was totally selfish. With the Flushing Mall food court offering so many dishes and his curiosity to try chili sauces, Orlick said, "It's an excuse to try them all." (Check out this guide Serious Eats did last year.)
Flushing Mall (map) is scheduled to be torn down next year to make way for a parking lot, according to YourNabe.com. Although some eventgoers were aware of the news, the focus was on enjoying the food at hand. Attendees holding trays of noodles and stews tried to stump Joe DiStefano, of Edible Queens' World's Fare, with their dish. The first eight who stumped DiStefano won an eating tour of downtown Flushing. Stella Dacuma Schour and Ravi Jolly took photos of every dish, taking care that each one was labeled before it hit the table. By the end of the afternoon, the plates were empty, but our bellies were full.