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Flushing Dumpling Run - Please Advise

bladerobbins Aug 13, 2007 09:41 AM

I am looking to spend several hours wandering Flushing tasting as many different types of dumplings as possible (guo tie, Hui Xiang, Xiao Long bao, etc.) I've been pouring over past posts on this topic, but I feel more overwhelmed than ever. Any suggestions on places that I must try? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Puppimus RE: bladerobbins Aug 13, 2007 10:45 AM

    That sounds AWESOME. I have no advice, I just wanted to commend you on this undertaking and request that you post a report of your findings!

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      bladerobbins RE: Puppimus Aug 13, 2007 01:38 PM

      I'll definitely give a full report...

    2. bigjeff RE: bladerobbins Aug 13, 2007 03:44 PM

      I did something similar, but more than dumplings; but we did end up eating plenty of dumplings that day:


      I would say (culling from that days' experiences) to go to the guo-tie place across the street from the Starbucks, and on the same corner as Chao Zhou (the chinese restaurant with the big noodle bowl); it's a walkup storefront and they have excellent guo-tie (4 for $1) and great shen-jian-bao in both large and small. the place has been around way longer than many of the 5 for $1 places, and it's really good.

      if you keep walking down main street, you'll eventually hit the Golden Shopping center (well documented at this link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339644 where you can get some nice guo-tie as well, this kind being the open-sided kind. these are on the first floor, to your right. in the basement of that mall there looked to be some other boiled dumpling places so I'm sure they're worth a visit.

      then, go for some boiled dumplings in the flushing mall (second floor, has both chinese and korean writing) and just get the pork&chive 18-count, it's near a fountain, towards the back and a bit to the left.

      in terms of XLB, can't really think of a good place to get them in flushing but if anyone else does, I'd love to hear about a go-to joint. but I heard king 5 noodle (still around?) has some nice ones.

      Here's some CHOW digest that seems pretty helpful (http://www.chow.com/digest/1743) and (http://www.chow.com/digest/649) with some dumpling hunt leads.

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      1. re: bigjeff
        Gary Soup RE: bigjeff Aug 13, 2007 09:39 PM

        I did not find the shengjian bao at the place across from the *$s particularly appealing. I also was disappointed with the XLB at the newish place on Prince (Noodle House), particularly because it has the temerity to call itself "Nanxiang Xiaolong Bao" on its Chinese sign.

        I hope the OP will do me a favor, though, and be the first to report on the place at the Flushing Mall I posted a query about in this thread:


        1. re: Gary Soup
          bigjeff RE: Gary Soup Aug 14, 2007 08:50 AM

          the bigger buns are better than the small ones (better ratio) so try those if you haven't already.

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            bladerobbins RE: Gary Soup Aug 16, 2007 10:58 AM

            I will definitely report on the small eats place in the Flushing Mall. Had been planning to go this weekend, but it looks like I'll be out of town, so next Saturday will be my dumpling day.

          2. re: bigjeff
            soopling RE: bigjeff Aug 14, 2007 11:10 AM

            King 5 Noodle, at least at the one in Elmhurst, actually has terrible xlb. The meat was actually tasteless, which is sort of an amazing feat (maybe there was cardboard mixed in...ha). I'm fond of the ones at Noodle House on Prince though; they're bigger, I think five to an order, and I think they're pretty good, even if perhaps they don't fit a particular style (whatever Nanxiang Xiaolong Bao is supposed to be like?)

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              bigjeff RE: soopling Aug 14, 2007 11:55 AM

              I think king 5 has turned into a place called Manna House, which I think is a halal chinese joint; not sure what's on their menu and I haven't eaten there but I peeked in.

              or, I'm just mixing up my locations. can anyone clarify? I was looking for king 5, and that's what I saw instead, but I might've had the wrong storefront.

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                east elmhurst al RE: bigjeff Aug 14, 2007 12:37 PM

                Yes, The Elmhurst King 5 is gone. I noticed it a few weeks ago.

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                  pynchoff RE: bigjeff Aug 17, 2007 04:29 AM

                  The lamb dumplings at Manna House are quite good. In fact, everything I've had there has been good.

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                    bigjeff RE: pynchoff Aug 17, 2007 06:45 AM

                    it is a muslim place, correct? any other choice hits?

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                      pynchoff RE: bigjeff Aug 18, 2007 05:37 AM

                      When it first opened, it said Halal, and they didn't serve pork. It no longer says Halal and they now serve pork, but it seems to be the same owners. Anyway, as I said before, I've really enjoyed the food each time I've gone.

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                welle RE: bigjeff Aug 17, 2007 07:59 AM

                second the guo tie at that place on 41st ave.

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                fondey RE: bladerobbins Aug 17, 2007 08:31 AM

                I wonder if anyone has the 411 on a place with a good variety of dumplings BESIDES the usual pork and beef fare. I am from Singapore and there we can get a fantastic variety of vegetarian dumplings, fish OR seafood dumplings, and many other varieties without the pork and beef. Any great suggestions in Flushing otherwise??

                1. prunefeet RE: bladerobbins Aug 25, 2007 08:19 AM

                  DO NOT MISS Best Northern Dumpling Shop, inside a sort of shopping center or mall (not one of the main ones) at 135-08 Roosevelt Ave. Exquisite.

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                    toby1355 RE: prunefeet Aug 26, 2007 04:57 PM

                    Can second Best Northern; we went late winter and then headed to Little Pig for the main courses... a really good nite of eating.... At Great Northern, two older Chinese men asked us (we being Caucasians) how we knew of this stall. When we said internet, they, in unison said , AAAAAAhhhhh. And then we all resumed eating.

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