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toby1355 Jan 11, 2009 04:40 PM

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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    LadyintheKitchen Jan 11, 2009 05:17 PM

    Oh this menu looks great!!!

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      emarcus Jan 13, 2009 04:59 AM

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

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        emarcus Jan 13, 2009 10:39 AM

        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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          jpf1980 Jan 14, 2009 05:55 PM

          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.

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            toby1355 Jan 14, 2009 06:21 PM

            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..

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              Dyna Jan 15, 2009 09:52 AM

              Toby, when did you go to Fortune Bistro?

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                toby1355 Jan 15, 2009 10:44 AM

                Dyna, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.

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                  Dyna Jan 15, 2009 01:35 PM

                  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.

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                    toby1355 Jan 17, 2009 07:53 AM

                    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.

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                      Dyna Jan 17, 2009 10:52 AM

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

          2. ideabaker Jan 17, 2009 04:41 AM

            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!

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              toby1355 Jan 18, 2009 05:54 PM

              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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                tasaday Jan 18, 2009 08:05 PM

                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!

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                  ideabaker Jan 19, 2009 03:36 AM

                  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?

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                    toby1355 Jan 19, 2009 10:57 AM

                    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.

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                  valmar Mar 9, 2009 04:14 PM

                  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.

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