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bahn mi on Flushing Main Street?

skooldya1 Jul 30, 2008 08:48 AM

I'm pretty well-versed in the awesome Chinese food varieties offered here, but is there any place to get a great bahn mi, like the one at Saigon n Manhattan's Chinatown?

  1. Chandavkl Aug 1, 2008 06:45 PM

    Not a lot of Vietnamese food around Flushing, which is not surprising given the wildly different demographics between Manhattan Chinatown (Cantonese/Fujianese/Vietnamese) and Flushing (Taiwanese/Mainland Chinese/Cantonese). You might check that Vietnamese restaurant on Kissena Bl. just off of Main St.

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    1. re: Chandavkl
      Xiao Yang Aug 1, 2008 09:46 PM

      Er, aren't Cantonese Mainland Chinese?

      1. re: Xiao Yang
        Chandavkl Aug 1, 2008 10:26 PM

        Yes they are, but the term now often refers in a short hand manner to mainland Chinese not previously well represented among Chinese American communities. In the era when almost all Chinese in America were Cantonese origin, we referred to anything north of Kwangtung as being northern Chinese. However, a new description is needed now that there are people from the far north of China over here, who refer to Shanghai people and cuisine as being southern. Flushing is probably the USA capital for these newly represented regional cuisine styles.

        1. re: Chandavkl
          Xiao Yang Aug 1, 2008 11:28 PM

          I knew what you meant, just ribbing you.

          Shanghai is technically a "southern" city (being south, though just barely, or the Yangtze River).

      2. re: Chandavkl
        squid kun Aug 2, 2008 01:36 AM

        > You might check that Vietnamese restaurant on Kissena Bl. just off of Main St.

        Which of the two are you recommending?

        1. re: squid kun
          Chandavkl Aug 2, 2008 09:00 AM

          I'm thinking of the place at 41-07 Kissena, which I remember from years back as N. Y. Peninsula, an early Chinese drink and snack place. Don't know the name of the Vietnamese restaurant that's there now and haven't eaten there, but I think they serve bahn mi.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            Astoria Lurker Aug 2, 2008 10:23 AM

            Are there any other places in Queens that serve bahn mi?

            1. re: Astoria Lurker
              david sprague Aug 2, 2008 11:16 AM

              thai son right by the roosevelt ave station in jackson hts serves a credible one -- generously sized, good pickled veggies, but they seem totally averse to accomodating requests for spice. $3.75, and nice to have in the 'hood, but not worth too much of a trek

              1. re: david sprague
                joekarten Aug 3, 2008 02:37 AM

                my post from a while ago, for what it's worth....


        2. re: Chandavkl
          bigjeff Aug 3, 2008 04:42 AM

          that place on kissena (across the street from the library) has really bad banh mi. I've had serviceable food (baguette w/ beef curry in clay pot, etc.) and the typical lunch plates the banh mi is bad. the one on kissena across the street from kam man on the corner (near the old greenpoint savings or maybe near sanford) has ok pho, but their banh mi is bad too. it sounds general but, I've never had a good banh mi in queens; pho bac in elmhurst's sucks, and the one on broadway near the kam man (sp?) is also pretty bad. maybe one of the prince street places, the one next to the octopus man maybe?

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