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Dec 25, 2008 02:58 PM

Hunan Cuisine in Flushing?

Any recommendations from the board? I'm looking for an interesting Hunan restaurant in Flushing...

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  1. i dont believe there are any dedicated hunan restaurants in flushing (or ny for that matter). there are alot of sichuan restaurants (obviously not the same thing, but somewhat similar), but a dedicated hunan restaurant isnt something that is available

    in manhattan, Grand Sichuan on St Marks has a hunan section on their menu...i think one of their chefs is from there or something like that

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    1. re: Lau

      "in manhattan, Grand Sichuan on St Marks has a hunan section on their menu...i think one of their chefs is from there or something like that"

      Yeah, that's what they told me some time ago. I can't vouch for its current accuracy, but I can confirm that the Hunan section of the menu still exists.

      I know a woman from Hunan province who was very satisfied with the food at Spicy & Tasty, though it's not Hunanese.

      1. re: Lau

        Just curious, is Hunan province the same as Yunnan province? If so, I _may_ be able to help in this quest. I was in Kunming and Lijiang a couple of years ago and have since had my eye out for certain dishes from that region. They're around, but you have to look since I haven't found any one restaurant that is the kind of thing you'd find in the new section of Lijiang. You can find dishes with pumpkin and ham, for example, but don't expect to find Naxi dishes like the chicken eye bean jelly that you can buy on the street. I'd kill for some baba, though.

        1. re: Greg

          no they are different provinces

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Thanks for the tip Chandavkl. That place sounds good, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for. I'll have to collect some references to other Yunnan style dishes and start a new thread.

              It's truly amazing what you can find in Flushing...

        2. This afternoon I just drove bt a place on Northern Blvd (between Union & Parsons?) that was called Hunan House

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          1. re: MOREKASHA

            Googling got me this: Hunan House Chinese (718) 886-2060 2930 Union Street/Near LaGuardia

            1. re: fredid

              But that Union St. address would not be all that close to Northern Blvd. Wonder if it moved or has a second location.

              1. re: fredid

                But just because a restaurant is called Hunan House doesn't mean it serves Hunan style cuisine. What did I just say? Well there are two separate explanations. First of all, "Hunan" in a restaurant name could refer to the faux Hunan food that invaded New York in the early 1970s and spread all across the U.S. You know, General Tso's chicken etc. Believe me there are a lot of these places and none of them serve real food of Hunan. Secondly, if you're talking about an Americanized Chinese restaurant, the name might not mean anything. Peking Restaurant may serve Cantonese food, Hong Kong Restaurant may serve faux Hunan and Sichuan food, etc. Once you move north to Northern Blvd. and environs you're getting into Korean territory, and Hunan House may well be a Korean style Chinese restaurant. Note that authentic Hunan cuisine is not terribly common in the United States as not a lot of people have migrated from Hunan to the U.S. There are a few Hunan restaurants in Los Angeles, one in Las Vegas, and maybe one or two in the San Francisco area.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  So true, those names often mean nothing.

                  Hunan food isn't very popular in China. At least from where I've been and my friends who live there. I've asked this because every new city I go to I'm searching out the hunan fish head mentioned in the post below. But I have seen this particular dish in Shanghai, probably cuz it's such a big town. But in many smaller cities I've been to there aren't any Hunan restaurants.

                  Jiangsu, Sichuan, and Guangdong (cantonese) are gerally the most popular. Hong Kong food as well. At least in Jiangsu where I spend most of my time tho I've been told Jiangsu is popular throughout China.

                  I also go to Wenzhou in Zhejiang province and I've had many Wenzhou dishes that resemble "American" chinese, pertaining mostly to the seafood and the local style noodles.

                  It's funny how many things in China are just called local style. I ask my partner "yum what do you call this?!" and often the response is "local vegetable with pork". To which I'll ask "what is the vegetable called?". "Local green vegetable" he'll say. Sometimes this is because there is no translation he can give, but often he has never heard the name, or since it's only available in that area it's name is in the local dialect, not standard Mandarin.

                  Anyway, I'm very find of a particular chain of Hunan restaurants. The food is VERY spicy, more so than Sichuan. I'm dying for a fish head right and some fried shrimp n a stick right now.

              2. re: MOREKASHA

                Actually between Union & Main Street on the south side of Northern.

                1. re: MOREKASHA

                  its actually between main and prince on south side, big colorful banners, kinda looks like grand opening banners...i will get a menu in a day or so

                  1. re: chefjellynow

                    btw i saw a commercial on the chinese channel for this place (hunan house), they were advertising it as hunan food and it's clearly not an americanized chinese place, so it seems like it maybe worth checking out although they also said they had karoke so who knows how seriously they take their food

                    1. re: Lau

                      Respectfully, I'm not sure how having karaoke is inversely proportional to the seriousness of the kitchen. For example, Full House (across from Sweet n' Tart) has a private room with karaoke, and in my opinion has excellent Cantonese seafood.

                      With regard to Hunan House, while it may not be Americanized, it also might not be totally authentic either. The signage my wife noticed when we passed it was Korean.

                      1. re: ltlevy

                        haha im not saying it is or it isn't authentic based on the karaoke room, but generally that is somewhat strange

                        also, i hear you, but if you're specifically advertising on a chinese language only TV channel that you have hunan food, id assume you better either have hunan food or you're setting yourself up to disappoint customers (which is always possible)

              3. I've been looking for Hunan style Fish Head on this board for a while. Hunan fish head is much hotter than sichuan. Hunan style is green broth with green chilis. This is my absolute favorite dish when I go to china, and one of my favorite dishes period.

                I've posted maybe 3 times asking about this, but have never gotten a definitive "Yes they have it here...".

                Any recs would be GREATLY appreciated.

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                1. re: 2slices

                  Guess you have to come to L.,A. then where the dish is relatively common. One recent mainstream review posed (but did not directly answer) the question of whether a particular restaurant's version of Hunan fish head was the best in the city.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    ugh. Jealous. It must exist here somewhere. Maybe a Sichuan rest will have it.

                    1. re: 2slices

                      2 slices - i just responded above, but apparently this hunan house is not americanized and is billing itself as hunan food on the chinese channel...maybe you should try this place (would be nice if it turns out to be good)