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