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Flushing Mall Update

FattyDumplin Sep 14, 2009 06:08 AM

went back after a long hiatus. couple new things in there (i think).

on the far left, the oden place has been replaced by the taiwanese stall that was there before. this place is great. the best big intestine noodle soup in flushing, imho. and their tenbula and chinese sausage are also very well executed. i'd highly recommend this place and in its re-incarnation appears to have much better customer flow.

right next to it is a stall for liang pi xian food. i had the lamb hamburger, which has the strong flavors i love, and the noodles mixed with spices and lamb meat.

anyways, i'd stopped coming here b/c i'd grown sick of ay chung and yong he, but with the new selection, which is a great mix of shanghainese, szechuan, xian, and taiwanese, now that the korean / japenese places are gone, i'll definitely be back on a regular basis.

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    Lau Sep 14, 2009 06:59 AM

    fyi the taiwanese place is the the gua bao guy that used to be in the now defunct roosevelt food mall

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    1. re: Lau
      FattyDumplin Sep 14, 2009 07:53 AM

      interesting. so i keep seeing "gua bao"... what I actually have no idea what it is.

      anyways, my wife was so excited to see him back. she calls him "a bei" or uncle when she sees him. and the food is very simple but yummy.

      1. re: FattyDumplin
        Lau Sep 14, 2009 08:09 AM

        gua bao is a mantou (a steamed white bun) filled with stewed pork belly, chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro and this sweet sugary powder...if uve been to momofuku, david chang accidently created one (i think he was going for a peking duck bun using pork belly)...it is my all time favorite taiwanese street food

        just google'd it and here's a pic: http://photograzing.seriouseats.com/2...

        1. re: Lau
          FattyDumplin Sep 14, 2009 08:16 AM

          got it. it's almost like the thing you see which is a thin crepe wrapped with some shredded meat, peanuts, some julienned vegetables, cilantro, etc, on the streets in taiwan.

          1. re: FattyDumplin
            Lau Sep 14, 2009 08:24 AM

            sorta similar

            1. re: FattyDumplin
              chefjellynow Sep 14, 2009 07:28 PM

              not the clearest pic but here is one for ya fatty. this is from the flushing mall Taiwanese stall

              1. re: chefjellynow
                c oliver Sep 14, 2009 07:46 PM

                OMG, that looks incredible. That's pork belly? What else?

                1. re: c oliver
                  Lau Sep 14, 2009 07:59 PM

                  see my description above

                  1. re: Lau
                    c oliver Sep 14, 2009 08:10 PM

                    Oops, sorry. Must have more cilantro than I would have thought. But, for me, you can never have too much. Thanks.

                    1. re: c oliver
                      Lau Sep 14, 2009 08:18 PM

                      actually sorry i did leave something out...the other main ingredient is suan cai, which is chopped up vegetables (one of the best things about it actually)

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                        c oliver Sep 14, 2009 08:28 PM


              2. re: FattyDumplin
                bigjeff Sep 14, 2009 10:06 PM

                fatty; i do love that night-stand thing; haven't seen it anywhere else but ya, that's a good time. and then thing reminds me of the "da-bing-bao-xiao-bing" which i only had a few years ago on my last trip back; must be a relatively new invention.

                1. re: bigjeff
                  FattyDumplin Sep 15, 2009 05:39 AM

                  hmm, i haven't heard about the da bing bao xiao bing. i have seen the da chang bao xiao chang - the sausage wrapped in a sausage. i don't get it, but there were long lines during my last trip back.

                  1. re: FattyDumplin
                    bigjeff Sep 15, 2009 10:20 AM

                    heh, ya, I like both. the da bing bao xiao bing has many of the same stuff (julienned/pickled veg) crushed peanut, etc. which they then put into a larger crepe along with a smaller crunchy/crispy one, sort of like a "chiao-guo", deep-fried crispy yummy. They then give it a whap so the inside crunchy one breaks up a bit and you end up with someone crispy inside, along with the fillings, wrapped by a substantial elastic outside one. it's awesome.

                    nice writeup and short video here:

                    1. re: bigjeff
                      FattyDumplin Sep 15, 2009 12:41 PM

                      that sounds damn good. will need to try when i go back to taiwan this winter.

              3. re: Lau
                c oliver Sep 14, 2009 08:29 AM

                You definitely got my attention with the reference to momofuku's pork bun. It is SO wonderful. It's excellent to know what to call something. Thanks.

                1. re: c oliver
                  bigjeff Sep 14, 2009 10:05 PM

                  ya, the gua-bao is the O.G. for real.

            2. re: Lau
              kathryn Sep 15, 2009 08:49 AM

              Formerly known as Temple Snacks! Yay!

            3. c oliver Sep 14, 2009 07:44 AM

              I've saved this as well as an older thread on this. We live in NoCal and the only time we walked down into this, I was so overwhelmed (not in a bad way but not having a clue what to eat) that we wound up leaving (we actually HAD already had dim sum so weren't starving either!) This is such a gold mine that I appreciate all who guide us. Thanks.

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