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Yi Pin Chinese Cuisine: Under New Management?

DaveCook Feb 18, 2009 06:11 PM

That's the report from a commenter on my blog, who adds that when he visited, "the menu consisted of only a few types of steamed buns so far. The cold sesame noodles were one of my favorite dishes in Flushing." (I liked them, too, but now I especially regret not following Polecat's lead and circling back for the thistle dumplings.) The commenter also asked, "Has the lady who managed Yi Pin moved to another location?" Any leads would be very welcome.

  1. Polecat Feb 18, 2009 06:30 PM

    Yet more detective work to be done in Flushing. I'd love to know where she went, not just for the Thistle dumplings, but for the Dill as well. Yippin became our go-to place to buy a bag of 50. She also laid out these greasy, flaky and delicious, circular buns - about the size and circumference of a bing, but made with phyllo dough - that contained moist and seasoned pork. She'd set them out in a chafing dish, and they'd be sold out within minutes. Yet another Flushing tidbit cast adrift into the flux.
    P.

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      MahatmaKanejeeves Feb 19, 2009 12:38 PM

      I made the comment to the blog. The new management doesn't speak English, which isn't unusual. They seem to be getting the restaurant operating. A customer, who spoke English, was eating a bowl of congee from a can. She told me that they would make the cold sesame noodles, but they tasted different. Neither sounded appetizing.
      The steamed buns were very good. I'll return there in a few weeks to see what develops. Yi Pin didn't seem busy enough to justify the overhead of a restaurant. I hope that she has moved to a stall in a food court.

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        billhill Feb 19, 2009 02:45 PM

        I was just there yesterday and was saddened to see new owners.

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        UHLFELDER Nov 2, 2009 04:41 AM

        HI DAVE
        I AM A FAN OF THE ORGINAL YIPIN CHINESE. THEY SOLD THE RESTAURANT. DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET THE SESAME NOODLES LIKE THE OLD LADY USE TO MAKE WITH THE HOT OIL ? IT WAS THE VERY BEST. OR WHERE THE OLD LADY IS WORKING?
        THANKS............

        BILL

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          DaveCook Nov 2, 2009 07:06 AM

          The trail has gone cold, Bill, but next time I'm out that way I'll see if I can't find out more.

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            MahatmaKanejeeves Nov 3, 2009 05:54 AM

            Liang Pi at the Xi'an stalls at Golden Mall and Flushing Mall is the runner-up IMHO. Red with sesame/chii oil "secret recipe" is close enough. Sesame noodles at the Korean dumpling stall at Flushing Mall isn't very good. I don't understand that no place else serves similar cold sesame noodles. Was her recipe so secret?

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            Golden Shopping Mall
            41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

            1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves
              DaveCook Nov 3, 2009 09:10 PM

              Make of this what you will:

              http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20...

              1. re: DaveCook
                buttertart Nov 4, 2009 11:12 AM

                I want those noodles, now.

                1. re: buttertart
                  missmasala Nov 4, 2009 12:43 PM

                  yes, linking to that mouthwatering post about something no longer available borders on the sadistic. I want those noodles now too.

                  1. re: missmasala
                    buttertart Nov 4, 2009 12:46 PM

                    The cucumber got me, I love that combination, very typical of the thing at its source.

          2. hee jong jong Jan 10, 2010 06:41 AM

            I just want to follow up on this. Anyone figure out what happened to the old cook (Ms Shu or Chu)? I still dream and dream of her sesame noodles

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            1. re: hee jong jong
              janie Jan 10, 2010 08:51 AM

              You should try the noodles in red chili at spicy and tasty and then ask them to add cucumbers on top..maybe that will suffice in the meantime..

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