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Put Tianjin Dumpling House at the Top of Your Flushing Itinerary

Max Falkowitz 6 comments

There many dumplings worth seeking out in Flushing, but only one that I get every time I visit. It doesn't matter what else I've come for—breakfast, tea shopping, a 12-course meal somewhere else—these dumplings are non-negotiable. More

Sugar Rush: Osmanthus Jelly at Express Tea Shop

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 3 comments

If floral flavors turn you off—if you find lavender too soapy, rose too perfumed, jasmine too cloying—osmanthus might change your mind. This bouncy dessert in particular. More

Essential Dumplings of Flushing, NYC

Max Falkowitz 24 comments

Manhattan's Chinatown has its share of dumplings: potstickers aplenty, Shanghainese xiao long bao, some wontons here and there. But if you want real dumpling diversity, and an overall upgrade in quality, you have to hop the 7 train to Flushing. Here are the essentials to get the most out of your dumpling crawl. More

Afternoon Snack: Tianjin Pancake from Tianjin Xianbing at the Golden Shopping Mall

Afternoon Snack Max Falkowitz 6 comments

This garlic chive, egg, and vermicelli-stuffed pancake is so green and fresh you could imagine it on the menu of a twee "put an egg on it" cafe. Except that this is Flushing, where garlic breath and oil-stained wax paper are a way of life, and the garlic chives don't mess around. More

What to Eat in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall's Basement

Lingbo Li 8 comments

If you thought the first floor of the Golden Shopping Mall (profiled yesterday) in Flushing, Queens, was cramped, try heading downstairs. Trying to eat the entirety of that basement food court is like descending into madness. There are just so many choices—diced rabbit seeped in red oil and dusted in white sesame, the springy bite of Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles, chewy-skinned dumplings and thick bones full of bone marrow to slurp. How to make sense of it? Here's our guide. More

North-South Dumplings (南北水餃) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] North-South Dumplings serves not only dumplings, but a healthy list of side dishes, stir fries, noodles, and wontons. I found the dumplings satisfying, especially if you enjoy thick, slightly chewy skins. The filling was flavorful... More

Xi'an Famous Foods (西安名吃) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Robyn Lee] Since TV shows, magazines, and uh, Serious Eats have wrested this fiendishly good stall from obscurity to multi-chain fame, you're probably already familiar with the place. If you in the neighborhood, there's no reason not... More

Lanzhou Handmade Noodles (正宗兰州拉面) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] A $4.75 bowl of noodles at Lanzhou Handmade Noodles at the Golden Shopping Mall basement begins its life as an enormous block of dough. The noodle craftsmen begin working it softer, stretching the dough into... More

Xie's Family Dishes (謝家菜) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] While there's no formal menu at this Tianjin-style stand, signs on the windows promise dumplings: Chinese leek with eggs, shrimp and pork, and Chinese celery with pork (at $3 for a dozen). A hot and... More

Chengdu Heavenly Plenty Snacks (成都天府小吃) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] Well, if Fuchsia Dunlop likes it, that has to say something about a Sichuanese restaurant, right? Serving up all the spicy classics of the region is Chengdu Heavenly Snacks, whose menu covers must-order traditional cold... More

Zhu's Snacks (朱記小吃) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] Zhu's Snacks is run by Mr. Zhu, a congenial man from Wenzhou who happens to serves some seriously satisfying food. When he saw me snapping food photos, he chuckled, then pulled out a camera of... More

Mom's Hot and Numbing Heat (老妈麻辣烫) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] At this unrepentantly spicy Golden Shopping Mall stop that's popular with locals, you'll find patrons noshing all kinds of fiery-looking things. I saw a woman eating something that looked delicious: a spicy vermicelli soup with... More

Guizhou Beef and Lamb Rice Noodle Restaurant (贵州牛羊肉粉麵館 )

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] All noodle dishes on the menu here are available either as rice noodles or wheat noodles—the former are more thin and delicate. I sampled their beef noodle, which featured pleasantly gelatinous and flavorful chunks of... More

Old North's Fresh and Fragrant Fried Kebab Shop (老北方鮮香炸串店) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

Lingbo Li 1 comment

This recently opened kebab shop offers traditional kebabs as well as seaweed-on-a-stick. Address and directions No number (in the basement, second stall on your right coming in through the Main Street entrance.) 41-28 Main Street Flushing, NY Translated Menu Print... More

Henan and Taipei Deliciousness (南北风味) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] While their Chinese name translates to North-South Local Flavor, their English one name checks the mainland's Henan province and Taiwan's capital. This recent addition has a small menu, shaved red bean ice, and bubble teas.... More

Lucky Wenzhou Snacks (如意溫州小吃) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] Wenzhou's fishball soup is nothing like the Fuzhou fishball soup that you can find at Old Wang Ji on the first floor of the Golden Shopping Mall. They're more fish noodle than fish ball: they... More

What to Eat on Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall's First Floor

Lingbo Li 30 comments

Flushing, Queens, in many ways, is its own world. While only two stops away from Manhattan on the Long Island Railroad, this is a land of $900 one-bedroom apartments and brilliant $4 bowls of noodles. You know you've stepped foot in the right place when the signs are covered in symbols and the pavement jostles with immigrants. But with so many menus only in Chinese, and so many wonderful shop owners lacking a command of English, the food scene can be difficult to navigate. Here's our comprehensive guide to Flushing food courts, Part I: translated menus, clickable maps, and more! More

Jack Yan's / Shandong Dumpling (山东水饺) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

Lingbo Li 5 comments

[Photo credits: Lingbo Li] While they have a reasonably well-developed menu at Jack Yan's (also known as Shandong Dumpling) in the Golden Shopping Mall, all the star power comes from their boiled to order Shandong-style dumplings. They're small and... More

Nutritious Lamb Noodles (滋补羊肉烩面) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

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[Photo credit: Lingbo Li] I have fond memories of Henanese people. I befriended a family of Henan migrants of China's Islamic Hui ethnic minority who ran a restaurant down the street from my Shanghai sublet. They served excellent lamb... More

Wang-Zheng's Halal Snacks (王郑清真小吃) in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall

Lingbo Li 2 comments

[Photo credits: Lingbo Li] Chef Wang Pei Xin sits on a rickety stool in front of Wang-Zheng's Halal Snacks (王郑清真小吃), his stall in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall. He's wearing the same maroon nylon apron as when I saw him... More

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