Golden Shopping Mall - Lesser Known Stalls
Has anybody done any recent exploring of the lesser known stalls in this mall? Specifically those other than the Nan Bei or Shangdong dumpling spots, Lan Zhou noodle soup, Xian Famous Foods, Chengdu Heaven, or Lamb Noodle Soup upstairs.
Here's a downstairs map BTW:
I'm particularly interested in reports on:
Old Wong Kee (upstairs
Wang Zhen's Muslim Snacks (upstairs
Today we stopped by and had:
Fried dumplings from Shandong Dumpling - these were only OK and we got a few that were too burnt on the bottom, the ladies from Wang Zheng actually came over and clucked her tongue at us for eating the burnt ones and told us not to eat it.
Chive pocket with egg, rice noodles, you tiao from Wang-Zheng's Halal Snacks - made to order, super nice ladies working there, really good with some soy sauce, not super dense.
Fuzhou fish cake soup with noodles from Old Wang Ji - kind of mild and comforting, we ordered this for one of us who had a hangover :), I think I accidentally ordered the fish balls without meat, it was mostly pointing and gesturing.
Also the Vietnam Bakery / banh mi stall is gone! Replaced by a place with a lot of bings, fried dumplings, etc. and with a window looking out onto the sidewalk. Here's some snaps of the menu I took:
BTW, a primer to the Golden Shopping Mall, for newbies to the place:
Golden Shopping Mall
41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
scoopG can probably read this completely, but basically says:
first square in top left is a bunch of bing and da bing sandwiches
zhu rou <blank> bing $1.50 - pork bing
yang rou <blank> bing $2.00 - yang bing
da bing jia xiang chang $2.75 - sausage sandwich (in a da bing)
da bing jia ji dan $2.50 - chicken egg sandwich (in a da bing)
top right square is some congee and soups:
xiao mi zhou $1.00 - i think its a rice congee
liu dou zhou $1.00 - green bean congee
<blank> <blank> dan tang $1.00 - some type of egg soup, but i cant read the first two characters
suan la tang $1.00 - hot and sour soup
bottom left square
da <blank> chao fan $4.00 / tang - i think its fried rice (guess it comes with soup)
yang rou chao mian $4.50 / tang - lamb fried noodles (guess it comes with soup)
guo tie $4.00 / 12 ge (you get twelve) - potstickers
bottom right (says <blank> fan <blank> tang): i think these are all soups?
qing <blank> yang pai $5.00 - clear lamb rib soup?
hong shao niu rou $4.75 - red braised beef
xiang la yu $.00 - spicy fish
la san jiao niu $4.75 - 3 pepper beef
ma la dou fu $4.00 - ma la tofu
xiang gan rou si $4.50
top left square is missing xian - pork/lamb meat pie
top right square is missing fan qie - tomato egg
bottom left square should be huo tui - ham fried rice
bottom right square should be he fan jia tang - comes with rice and soup
and also missing qing dun yang pai - lamb chop soup/stew
Guizhou Beef and Lamb Noodles now has an english menu. I like the Guizhou style of broth, less intense than Lan Zhou or upstairs lamb - makes for a light lunch. I get the beef, very good shin meat flavor.
At Xie Jai Cai I have had mixed results with the cold meats, but head cheese is iffy with me. The cold spiced tofu makes a very nice accompanying nibble for "main" dishes bought at other stalls.
At both places the folks were friendly and helpful.
Golden Bakery - New Pho place upstairs - Avoid the pho. After one or two spoonfuls I will. I didn't try the banh mi.
Wang Zhen's Muslim Snacks - I had three items. Chive pancake filling was nice about what I have come to expect, as was a bland medium thick flat bun. The meat filled thin pancake, which the very friendly stall keeper recommended - the filling was rich with oil and intense meat flavor a bit like Prosperity Dumpling's filling but a lot Bigger.
As was mentioned by other recent posters, there are new stalls down stairs. At the new # 30 I had a wonderful steamed pork belly over veggies. Great comfort food, the thinly sliced pork seemed to have been steamed for a long time giving it the gentle taste of German fresh pork. The chili sauce they have contains a bunch of numbing brown peppers. Pork is a really very good if not flashy dish.
Also at the same stall I had a lamb turnover (?) which was pleasant enough has no lamb flavor.
While having rib and noodles, hit the spot on a 95 degree afternoon) at Chendu I looked up and saw new people across the aisle. They make fried skewers of meats chicken, innards. Letting gluttney lead I ordered the chicken and got moist chicken finished with a sweet and hot sauce then rolled in lots of whole seeds. Very nice for me who loves almost anything on a stick, but some might find the sweetness of the sauce a bit much. Give a try.
I can't tell you the name of the restaurant upstairs but I love it. When you walk in upstairs you walk to the back, the stall is on the right side and hidden in the back) They have a fantastic fishball (with meat in middle) the juice in the fishball is wonderful. Plus there is a tiny wontons soup (bien rou) It's great with or without vinegar. The tiny wontons hold up well too. an hour and a half later when I finally get home to enjoy, it is still delicious
must be old wang ji, which is a fujian place as all of the food you're describing is all the typical fujian xiao chi stuff that all the places serve
btw in the menu description in the seriouseats article the 燕丸子 (yen wan zi) are basically the same thing as the bian rou that you're talking about just smaller, i like bian rou a little better (the guy in the article had a hard time translating it b/c it translates to swallow balls)
i actually went there today and tried some new stuff, here's my report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/667309#
I also found a very interesting place that i want to try, if you go next door to the golden mall on 41st rd across from sun mary bakery, there is a small restaurant that is actually basically two stalls similar to the golden mall, the one on the left is a fuzhou place, but its the place on the right that caught my attention, it says its a halal place in english, in chinese it says that its a roasted chicken place. I looked inside and the food is very interesting, didn't even look like chinese food; I figure it could be some western chinese type place. I really want to try it now