Savor Fusion Food Court in Flushing: China Under One Small Roof
Note: The Savor Fusion food court is now closed, with not much hope of reopening.
The Savor Fusion food court* has been open since last September or so, but it first hit my must-go list when SE'er James Boo tipped me off about some remarkable dumplings. Compared to the year-old New World Mall, Savor Fusion is tiny. Eight independent vendors serve food from all over China and Taiwan—Sichuan, Fujian, Heibei, Henan—in a tight space with only a few tables.
* Though signs also read Savoy Fusion, Savory Fusion, and Maple Snacks.
If you don't speak Chinese, you'll need to approach this place with your adventure hat on. While it's nothing like the subterranean madness of the Golden Shopping Mall across the street, there's little English to be found, both on the menus and from the vendors. But pointing and asking with a smile served me reasonably well, and most of the vendors do their best to explain what they're selling. Look for teenagers in baseball caps—several are children of the vendors and speak perfect English.
I only sampled a few dishes on this first visit (forgive me; this was the last stop on a Flushing marathon), so consider this a peek and a photo guide to help you get oriented for your trip. The stalls are numbered 1 to 8, from back to front. Stall 1 sells the dumplings I mentioned above, and they're just as miraculous as people say. Start there, then walk towards to the front for a mix of hand-pulled noodles, Taiwanese street snacks, pancakes and buns, Sichuan-spiced everything, and lots more. My tenuous advice from this visit: stick to the dumplings, pancakes, and fried chicken. I can't say I loved everything I sampled, but those stood out apart from the pack—and the rest of Flushing. I'll definitely be back to sample more soon.
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Savor Fusion Food Court
42-01 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355 (map)