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missmasala Mar 4, 2009 05:08 AM

Hi all,

going out for a b-day dinner in flushing tonight. i want to try fu ran (formerly waterfront international) or little pepper--two places i've never been, but just in case my dining companions want something different, i have some Q's:

1) has anyone had dinner at Corner 28? I've been intrigued by the window with the peking duck sandwiches but haven't tried them yet. do they serve a good peking duck in the restaurant? is their other food good?

2) I did a search of the board for some recs, but also wanted to ask: what are the best taiwanese and cantonese places for dinner? The people i'm eating with are not the most adventurous eaters in terms of offal or insects or strange textures, but they do like spicy food and new flavors. I think fu ran would be a good choice for us, but just wondered if there were other good options out there.

3) does anyone know if the dumpling place in the golden shopping mall has reopened? as long as i'm there, i want to pick up some frozen dumplings from them to take home, but don't want to bother trying to go if they have vanished forever. also, does anyone know how late the places in the mall are open? or white bear or best north, in case the mall place is still closed? and do those places sell frozen ones? and more important, do they have the delicious garlicky dumpling sauce that the golden mall place had?

thanks to any and all who might help me out.

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    sharonj Mar 4, 2009 11:42 AM

    I had dinner at Corner 28 a couple of times last year. It was good, but there are more tastier options in Flushing. For Cantonese there's Imperial Palace or Canton Gourmet- in that order. For Sichuan (spicy food) there's Little Pepper, Szechuan Gourmet, and Spicy and Tasty.

    I don't know about White Bear's hours, but they do sell frozen dumplings.

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      missmasala Mar 4, 2009 12:02 PM

      thanks guys.

      we're going to go with fu ran. Though we like good cantonese food (which i know isn't spicy) no one seems as excited about those options as they are about fu ran.

      and thanks csabi26 for the info on the dumpling place, i'll go by after dinner to try and pick up my frozen ones.

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        liveloveat34 Mar 4, 2009 12:23 PM

        i was at fu ran this past weekend- had 2 offal dishes as well as the vegetables with green bean sheet. the wasabi oil was awesome- as i am a total wasabi/horseradish feind. lots of crunchy veggies, very light and refreshing.

        Also had the braised tofu which was okay, the sauce was too heavy and sweet for my liking. i definitely liked the lamb with tripe which turned out to have more variety of offal than tripe. very good, but def not for the unadventurous!

        1. re: missmasala
          Steve R Mar 4, 2009 03:20 PM

          Hopefully, this will be the good decision I think it is. We've really liked Fu Run each time we've been there, although we have made some mistakes in ordering... part of the fun. However, one of our long time favorites, Little Pepper, has produced 2 bad meals in a row now and, although both the wife/owner and the husband/chef/owner were both there and friendly as ever, just about all the dishes lacked any depth (not just the spicing, the dishes seemed tired). Each time I was with a group of 4-6 CH and other food board folks, all of whom have been to the malls, S&T, Fu Run, as well as to Little Pepper and the Grand Szech places in Manhattan many times. Unanymous... none of us will go back for awhile.

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            scoopG Mar 4, 2009 03:44 PM

            Sorry to hear this! Was there on Sunday and had the hot pot along with 3-4 other dishes and it was wonderful.

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              missmasala Mar 4, 2009 05:42 PM

              Just got back from Fu Run. Really enjoyed it, tho my SO says he doesn't need to go back--he prefers sichuan places like the one in bay ridge or spicy and tasty. Based on your post, steve, guess i'm glad i didn't go to little pepper, tho.

              Using a recent thread as a guide, we had:

              the green bean noodles with veggies--liked the noodles more than the veggies. the noodles were a big hit with my daughter.

              tiger vegetables--thanks prunefeet, really liked this. i liked the herbal freshness of it, which is something i don't usually get in chinese restaurants

              lamb with hot pepper--this was good and cuminy. different from the cumin beef at the sichuan place in bay ridge. this was prob the most popular dish of the night, just judging from the fact that it was the only dish that was finished.

              dried tofu with pepper--this dish was good. i would order it again.

              shredded pork with tofu skin--this dish was good, but wouldn't order it with the dried tofu dish again, as they are too similar. this dish is obviously a specialty of the place. it was on every table--i looked as we left.

              beef fried rice--we got this for the kids and i didn't expect much from it, which was good, because it wasn't anything to write home about. very brown and heavy on the soy. ironically, the kids didn't like it

              leek dumplings--these were good and made fresh to order. kids loved them. i think dumplings are a plus at any meal.

              caramel veggie dessert thing--i liked the sweet potato the best and the taro the least, which is the opposite of what i expected, as i usually love taro things. it was good, but you gotta move fast or the pieces on the bottom stick to the plate.

              didn't cover any new ground with our ordering, but i'm glad we went.

              oh, and thanks csabi26--i stopped by golden mall and got my dumplings. the place was open and a lot of dumplings were being made.

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                Pan Mar 4, 2009 11:54 PM

                I went to Little Pepper for the first time within the past few weeks and was fairly impressed with the taste of the food, though I still like Spicy & Tasty better. And the food at Little Pepper was seriously spicy and oily, to the extent that it really did a number on my stomach, and I _LIKE_ spicy food, which is why I've been to Spicy & tasty probably something like 70 times.

        2. Miss Needle Mar 4, 2009 10:45 AM

          1. I've only tried the peking duck sandwiches at Corner 28. I know many people like them on this board, but I'm not one of them as I find it too salty and wishing for the crisp skin that is normally associated with peking duck. It's just roast duck in mantou buns with hoisin and cucumber. If you factor in the price (about $1 or $1.25), it's a good deal. As it's really cheap, I think it's worth a shot.

          2. If you're looking for spicy food, a Cantonese restaurant would probably not be your best choice. There are some spicy dishes (usually Cantonese versions of Sichuan food). But I'd rather go to a Sichan restaurant for that. If you are looking for "bland" Cantonese food, Jade Asian or Ocean Jewels are good. Lau really likes Imperial Palace, but I've never been. I haven't had enough Taiwanese food to really comment.

          1. missmasala Mar 4, 2009 09:47 AM

            bump

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              csabi26 Mar 4, 2009 10:20 AM

              3-4 weeks ago the dumpling place in Golden Shopping Mall was open. This was after it had been closed by the Health Department. It looked like the owners cleaned up and updated the place a bit. I wondered if it was the same place, same owners.

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