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Sep 20, 1999 04:53 PM

Ching Yeh - Flushing

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Saturday night I had to go to Flushing to pick up some
groceries and decided to make a dinner stop at Joe's
Shanghai. I had worked a long day and my girlfriend and
I took a walk up 37th Avenue and entered a restaurant
which I believed was Joe's. My first reaction was that
they refurbished Joe's and took the smell of the fish
tank out. I asked for a table for two and then realized
(when my brain woke up) that this was not Joe's
Shanghai, but Ching Yeh. A believer that mistakes
sometimes cause discoveries, we decided to sit and eat.
We are happy we did. I started with Baby Ribs Soup
which had a bit of spice and a lot of spice. It also
came in a good sized bowl. My girlfirend had
Vegetable Bean Curd Soup which had more of a plain
broth and was full of bean curd and vegetables. Quite
good. We then had Snails with Basil. This had a taste
that I was not used to and it was a bit spicy. After a
while we realized that we fell in love with the dish.
We also had sauteed spinach which had a very light
garlic taste and a very nice light oily sauce. We
enjoyed it. I really look forward to going back to try
some more. So sometimes being tired and stupid pays

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  1. yep, always give serendipity a chance. That's the best
    way to chowhound fer sure. So was this place Cantonese?
    Kind of hard to tell from your dishes, though the
    Snails sound Cantonese.

    I've often walked by the location and wondered...

    thanks for posting!


    3 Replies
    1. re: Jim Leff

      Went back to Ching Yeh today for some soup. Best Wonton Soup I have had in a long time. Inside each Wonton is a shrimp and some pork. Delicious combination. Now I have to go here for Wonton Soup and Joe's for Soup Dumplings. To me, both equally great dishes, no kidding !!!!

      1. re: BillL
        Frank Language

        So tell me about the snails: were they the beach-whelk variety? How do you get them out of the shells with the little toothpicks they supply?

        Once, at a restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown, I decided to be adventurous and ordered the snails, although I wasn't sure how big they were. The waiter delivered a plate of pebble-sized beach whelks and six flat toothpicks to dig them out of their shells with.

        So tell me, you must have gotten these same ones; how did you extract them from their shells?

        1. re: Frank Language

          I was expecting the exact same thing you said, but boy was I surprised. It was if they were little snail filets. No shells, maybe they did this because I was not Asian. They were great. No you reminded me about them. I really do like this place. The Manager is a nice, friendly man and not overbearing. He makes sure your food is served in a correct and timely fashion, but he doesn't keep interrupting you to ask how things are.