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OMG! Flushing Comes to Nassau County!

Okay, Erica Marcus, Stuartlafonda, ideabaker, Scott R., and Robinsilver have I got news for you! Went to Fortune Asian Bistro tonite and I'm really excited. Have you EVER seen any of the following on a Chinese menu in Nassau County?

DOUBLE COOKED SLICED PORK BELLY W. CHILI & LEEKS
BRAISED SILKY TOFU W. CHILI & MINCED PORK (MAPO TOFU, I THINK)
DAN DAN NOODLES
HOUSE SPECIAL PORK SHOULDER W. SEASONAL GREEN
BRAISED FISH BELLY WITH BROWN SAUCE
SLICED BEEF TENDON W. ROASTED CHILI

And the list of dishes goes on and on. In addition there are Japanese and Thai dishes. Sushi, too. We went with another couple who are really conservative so we had to restrain our ordering. But we did order CRISPY SLICE LAMB FILLETS W. CHILI CUMIN. Now I've had that dish at Little Pepper and the sandwich from the Xian stand in the Main St. basement mall. While tonites version would have come in third place, in fairness we asked it be toned down in deference to our friends. We also had Pad Thai...terrible, too, too sweet. We're definitely going back and will be trying more dishes. Listen, this is the closest thing to Flushing I've seen in these parts I my thirty years in NC. I urge any and all to give this place a shot so it can survive!

Imagine, a Chinese restaurant you can go to other than the Orient!

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    1. You've got my attention! We are on it.
      Erica

      1. Toby, we asked the restaurant to fax over a menu and when it came, none of the dishes you mentioned were on it. In fact the items under the heading
        "Taste of China" were dwarfed by the Japanese and Southeast Asian offerings. So we called them and asked about the specific dishes you mentioned and the guy on the phone said that these could not have been ordered in the recent past.

        Can you figure out what's going on? This is Fortune Asian Bistro at 477 Old Country Road, right? Feel free to email me at erica.marcus@newsday.com.

        Thanks,
        Erica

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        1. re: emarcus

          I havn't been in a while so i can't recall the specifics of the menu, but is it possible toby went to Fortune WHEEL not Fortune Asian bistro.

          1. re: jpf1980

            Really folks, I'm not confused. Fortune Wheel is in the Nassau Mall Shopping Center in Levittown and Fortune Bistro is in Westbury, directly across from the Source Mall. I urge you all to try the latter as the former has been down hill for a while now..

            1. re: toby1355

              Toby, when did you go to Fortune Bistro?

                1. re: toby1355

                  Were those dishes on the menu or were they specials just that day? I'm asking because it's a bit of a drive to Westbury but worth it if I can be sure of getting what you had.

                  1. re: toby1355

                    Dyna, When we were seated, we were given TWO menus. The first was what I call "the Book". It had the usual dishes from the various East and Southeast Asian countries; From Pad Thai (terrible) to Sushi. On this menu are what I call Chinese-American dishes. On a separate,single-page, double-sided, laminated "tannish" colored menu was the interesting ,and unique for L.I. , dishes I highlighted in my original post. That was the menu we basically ordered from. That being said, I heard from emarcus that when she called the restaurant and asked about these dishes, they didn't know what she was talking about. (See above post). So, if its a drive for you , you might just call ahead to make sure they're cooking the kinds of dishes you want.

                    1. re: toby1355

                      Thanks, Toby. I'll definitely call and make sure I can get the real menu (not just "the book") when I go!

          2. Sounds like an impressive menu... will add this place to my (ever growing) list of suggestions on thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542934 . Do you know if this place has Dim Sum at any time? Thanks for the suggestion!

            1. Just to make sure I wasn't crazy, we went back to Fortune tonite. I'm not crazy. When we were seated we were given "the book" (which we didn't bother to even open) and the Chinese menu that originally excited me so much. We had:

              Dan Dan Noodles (listed as an appy but we asked it be served with the mains)
              Lamb Fillets with Cumin and Chili Peppers (had this last week but my wife really likes it)
              Stir Fried Chicken w. toasted Chili and Asian Green Pepper

              All three were well spiced and left our mouths aglow. I am so happy this place has come to Care Place and is only ten minutes from my home. We'll still go to Flushing because it's the Mecca but having Fortune so close is a real gift.

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              1. re: toby1355

                Well, looks like I'm going to have to check this place out too! I agree, it seems unfortunately that Fortune Wheel has gone a bit downhill over the years. The menu you describe sounds great! Thanks for posting!

                1. re: toby1355

                  Toby1355, those dishes, and especially the spices used in them are magnetic! I've gotta get to this place! Did you notice is dumplings are on the menu, and if they have a formal Dim Sum at any time?

                  1. re: ideabaker

                    We ordered pan fried dumplings our first time and they were fine.....Not great but perfectly acceptable. As for dim sum, I have no idea...sorry.

                2. Finally got here last night. We were first given the typical menu, but then got the "authentic" Chinese menu. The food was great. We had Dan Dan noodles, a marinated duck appetizer and a fish dish that we ordered because an Asian family seated next to us had it, and it looked great. I think it was fish fillet in spicy szechuan chili sauce, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was spicy though!! This is definitely a place to go to when you don't feel like making the drive to Flushing.