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 his own and decided to join in on the fun.

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One special is his bone soup, which sounds innocuous enough; it's not. You get three fat bones, with some bland pork still clinging to their fat, rounded ends. Then you're handed a plastic glove, a straw, a napkin, and an extra plate—all essential. Finally comes the dish's simple brilliance: alternate between sips of the flavorful, if somewhat oily, pork bone broth and sucking out the marrow while grasping bone with your glove-clad hand. (Tip: use your spoon handle to dig out stubborn bits.) It's a thrilling way to eat, and it only costs $4.

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The other dish I tried was also a hit: a classic Wenzhou dish of stir fried sweet potato noodles. They're fatty and sticky and rendolent of wine-scented pork and mushroom. The other specialties he mentions are potstickers, flatbread (bing), and noodles. But if you're a marrow fiend, as I am, this is a must eat.

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Menu Vocab

The shop ambiguously translates "粉干"as "mei fun soup" even though the Chinese name means no soup. I've included their translation as is, but can't promise you soupy noodles if you order it. A few menu items are handwritten only in Chinese, so those items are accompanied by Chinese characters.

Address and directions

Open everyday 9am-8:30pm 718-461-2098 Stall 16 (in the basement, with a neon sign and next door to Mom's Hot and Numbing Heat's orange dining room.) 41-28 Main Street Flushing, NY

English Menu

An English menu is available, so I've typed up their translation for reference. Some of these are in Chinese only, which are labeled below.

Translated Handwritten Specials

炒地瓜面 Stir fried sweet potato noodles ($5) 拌面 Lo mein ($3.50) 敲鱼汤 Qiao fish soup ($10)

Dishes (all items $1-10, generally $4-6 for soup and noodles)

Qiao fish noodle soup Oxtail noodle Seafood noodle soup Egg noodle soup Mussel noodle soup Spare ribs noodle soup Beef noodle soup Fish ball noodle soup Chopped meat noodle soup Seafood mei fun soup Fish ball mei fun soup Beef mei fun soup Qiao fish mei fun soup Spare ribs mei fun soup Xian chai mei fun soup Pork bone mei fun soup Vegetable wheat noodle Taro wheat noodle Chopped meat wheat noodle Pork bone wheat noodle Vegetable jiang fun noodle Taro jiang fun noodle Chopped meat jiang fun noodle Pork bone tofu soup Pork bone taro soup Pork bone soup Fish ball soup Seaweed soup Wonton soup Chinese chive fried dumpling (12pcs) Five seasoning sticky rice Sticky rice (sweet or salty) Frozen meat dumpling Meat vegetable wheat pancake Various types of dumplings Beef small steamed bun Lamb small steamed bun Pork small steamed bun Seafood steamed bun

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