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Flushing Mall (39th Ave.) Updates or Reviews?

I stumbled across a May posting (buried in another thread) by "kathryn" which presented a valuable link to the food court listing on the mall's web site and links to previous discussions of the mall, of which Lau's post of September 24th last year is the most detailed, but mostly an eyeball report. The Flushing Mall seems to have a lot of chowish potential, though it's overshadowed by the more exotic and admittedly more fascinating Main Street malls, and it probably deserves an updateable thread of its own.

Karthry's post is at:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/49711...

The mall's official food store listing, rearranged into what is left to right order to the best of my recollection and with translations of Chinese characters added by me is as such:

Downstairs food court:

廟口小吃 (miao kou=temple xiao chi) Mr. Lin
可麗餅 (ke li bing) QQ Crepes Corp.
鄉厨 (xiang chu=country kithcen) Liping Guo Ji
漢城 (Hancheng=Seoul) HR New York Inc.
永和 (yong he) House of Yun Ho Inc.
火锅店 (huo guo dian) Louis Food Inc*
水霸 (shui ba) S & C Food & Beverage Inc.
阿宗(a zong=Ay Chung) Louis Food Inc*
.鸭灞 (ya ba) Aba Taiwaness Restaurant Inc.
成都小吃 (Chengdu xiao chi) ChengDu Snack/Bai Li
LanZhou Noodle House

*These two venues combined as one listing on the Mall's web site

Main floor:
Chinese Korean Dumpling Store
Tea Shop 168

Any reports of what's good there, or any updates of the list of venues? For reference, I've posted a link to my photolog of the Mall Food Court shops a year ago. In the summer of 2007 there was a Malaysian Place and a Guangxi Place about where the Korean place is listed now. Are they gone?

http://tinyurl.com/3gbdwy

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Flushing Mall Food Court
133-31 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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  1. I like the Lan Zhou Noodle House since they cut the noodles in front of you, then cook them. And they're very good.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      That's actually the only place at that mall I've eaten at, to date.

       
      1. re: Xiao Yang

        S&C has excellent Taiwanese shaved ice, among other goodies. Better than any I've had in California. I'm not into spicy but I do remember a very tasty sliced beef and noodle dish at the Cheng Du place.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          "S&C has excellent Taiwanese shaved ice..."

          Is this the place that's pretty much smack dead center of the food court? If so, I was there recently. My wife ordered a shaved ice dessert that came in a gigantic bowl. Lots of shaved ice, multi-colored, gelatinous objects floating here and there, and a baseball-sized mound of ice cream ascending from the middle like a small mushroom cloud. Needless to say, this dessert was pretty extreme, perhaps the most surreal looking I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure this is the S&C place you're mentioning, as one of the signs in English read "Taiwanese Shaved Ice."

          I also made a mental note to return for the hand-pulled noodles in the back corner.
          P.

          1. re: Polecat

            That's the place. I sure hope you helped your wife finish it off. It's unfair to make one person eat up the whole thing.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              oh good stuff...i forgot that its there, ive been looking for a good taiwanese shaved ice place, i always end up going to korean ones b/c there isnt too many taiwanese ones out here

          2. re: Chandavkl

            thanks so much, great tip! I really do miss the place "fortuna" that used to be on the corner of roosevelt and prince . . .

      2. I just posted on Karthry's thread last night, but I'll re-mention it here. I found some really big A** dumplings (pot stickers) at Yong He. They are a little more expensive than the $1/4 or 5 dumplings, but they are worth the extra couple of dollars. Bigger and meatier. This is my favorite dumpling place in the city. Oh all this talk about dumplings and I didn't mention the name.

        永和 (yong he) House of Yun Ho Inc.

        #6 on the menu

        or say the phrase "wor teep" and they will get it. The menu is all in chinese.

        The stall to the left of it has pork burgers. It looks like the lamb burger from the XIan guy at Golden Mall, but I think I would stick with the one at Golden Mall.

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        1. re: designerboy01

          It was your post that brought kathryn's thread to my attention, and inspired this one because I think the Flushing Mall needs a thread of its own.

          Is Yong He Cantonese? "Wor tip" is definitely the Cantonese pronunciation for guo tie, and what you describe is exactly what every Cantonese walkaway dim sum counter in San Francisco produces: grossly overweight pot stickers generally filled with only minced pork and cabbage and, to my taste, a bit on the dry side.

          Isn't Yong He the name of a Taiwanese chain (and a Shanghai copycat "Yong He Da Wang") which features soy milk-based breakfast fare?

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            The dumplings here looked good enough for me to do a double take and place an order. Unfortunately I found them to be mediocre in taste.

            They might serve soy milk breakfast as well, since I recall spotting youtiao there.

            1. re: Joe MacBu

              That is why they got a bottle of vinegar, chili sauce, and some other condiments so you can adjust your taste.

            2. re: Xiao Yang

              That place is definitely not Cantonese. I just like dumplings. Most Chinese restaurants will understand some Cantonese (its good for business to know bot Mandarin and Cantonese). Its a greasy spoon, but I really like their dumplings.

              As for your comments on Yong He, I have no clue. I didn't eat my way through Taiwan yet.

              To be honest I find it hard to find something really good to eat at the Mall. So far its the dumplings at this place for me.

              1. re: designerboy01

                I'd have to agree. I did like the noodle soups at the place to the right of the food court, but I haven't really enjoyed anything else. Haven't tried the dumplings, though.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  OK, I'll give that a try. The slushys look good but its too big for me to finish and I got to watch how I spend my calories. I did see a rice plate going around that looked pretty good. But I don't think I would go all the way from Manhattan to there for a rice plate. I know better ones in the city.

                2. re: designerboy01

                  yeah yong he is a famous dou jiang / breakfast place in taiwan...but the name has been ripped off a million times even in taiwan, like in LA there are a whole bunch of places called yong he or yung ho (written in english, but i believe all the same in chinese) although some of those places are really good

                  i bet this place serves dou jiang...i remember walking by it last time i was there

            3. It's been a good year since I've been, but me and the missus sure are fond of the sliced tendon and the dan dan noodles at the Chengdu place. Haven't had better anywhere, not at Little Pepper, not at the midtown Szechuan Gourmet, not at Spicy and Tasty.

              1. I enjoy the custard filled hot cakes (delimanjoo) sold by the vendor in the area by the massage chairs and cookware. They can be rather addictive.

                Here's a description of the cakes (when they used to be sold on Lafayette/Canal):
                http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0...

                In the main food area, there's a stall towards the left which sells takoyaki. A weird find since the proprietors don't seem Japanese. I prefer the ones at Otafuku instead.

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                1. re: Joe MacBu

                  Yes, I saw that shop last summer, but it doesn't seem to be on the Mall's list of shops. It makes me wonder if the Mall's website is out of date.

                  I understand that takoyaki is a huge fad in Korea, and, thanks to the Korean soaps, has also spread to China. Does the takoyaki place at the mall serve them with mayonnaise? Here is my puzzled wife's first encounter with takoyaki from a stall in Shanghai in late 2006:

                   
                   
                  1. re: Xiao Yang

                    It has been a while since I had it there. I recall it having the mayo and the brown sauce as well as the seaweed flakes (not sure about the bonito flakes). The problem was the the balls themselves were not very good. They tasted stale even though they were straight out of the griddle. I think the octopus was also very chewy. The ones at Otafuku are sublime.

                2. btw has anyone tried that korean / chinese dumpling place? someone told me its really good

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                  1. re: Lau

                    II heard the same. In fact that day when I visited the food court my intention was to try the Korean/Chinese dumpling place. But when I walked by i
                    and saw someone order it. By looking at it, it didn't look like anything special. I caved in and went for the big dumplings in the food court instead. I didn't eat all day and I knew that wasn't going to satisfy my dumpling fix. Oh well, another day another dumpling....

                    1. re: Lau

                      yeah those are great. 18 for . . . I can't remember how much (cheap), but just classic boiled dumplings, served with a nice dipping sauce (korean chili powder flakes in it) and some nice kimchi, goes well with the dumplings. the pork is the best, they have about 7 or 8 other varieties. also known as the "Fountain Dumplings".

                      1. re: bigjeff

                        18? Maybe I saw the person order something else. OK I got my guns fired up now. Thanks bigjeff.

                        1. re: designerboy01

                          I tried them today. It was served to me nice with the kimchee and hot sauce, but I didn't find them to be anything special. It was kind of funny because the women spoke to me in Korean then have her a blank stare, then she tried Mandarin and I replied a little broken, then she asked me in English if I was Japanese. I thought that dumpling meal was filling, but I didn't really find anything special (#4 on the menu). Its something I can easliy make at home, and I keep a better stash of kimchee and hot sauce then they do. It was pleasant, but I don't think I will go back there again. Maybe I just like fried dumplings more. That dumpling meal was something like $7+.

                          I did walk back to Yong He I saw the women drop some fried bread on the floor and she picked it up and threw it back in the oven. It was cooked already. I'm not sure if I liked that and now it really raises the question how they handle food and the big dumplings I like.