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Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 09:02 PM

I'm starting this thread on the New World Mall's food court offerings in hopes of having our collective experiences collated in a semi-organized manner.

NWM opened a few weeks ago in downtown Flushing next to Macy's, and is anchored by the J Mart supermarket. On my initial visit two weeks ago, I completely missed the food court. Thanks to Jeff Orlick's article [ http://iwantmorefood.com/2011/05/12/the-latest-flushing-mall-new-world-new-food-court/ ], I realized that the stalls were hidden in the basement but not yet open at the time. Another thread [ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784853 ] motivated me to visit yesterday and today to check out the scene. Currently, more than half the stalls have opened for business, with the remainder anticipating on opening by May 21.

Here are the stalls in order from the NW corner. Since my Chinese sucks, I’m mostly listing the English names for now.

NORTH WALL
Chong Qing Hot Pot #4
Live Seafood #5
M S Han Song Ting #6
Yo Yo Cafe #7
Pizza 8 #8
SzeChuan Cuisine #9
Xiang Ba La #10
LZ Cafe #11
Sliced Noodles #12

EAST WALL
Snopo #14
Lanzhou Handmade Noodle #15
Laoma Ma La Tang / Shang zi wei / hao xin xiang #16-17?
Main Street Burger Shack #18?
Casserole Big Bowl of Noodles #19
#20 - currently unoccupied
Manji Dessert #21
#22 - currently unoccupied
Hottest 86 #23
Beijing Cuisine #24

SOUTH WALL
延邊 / 연변/ Yánbiān #25
Mojoilla Fresh #26
Tianjin foods #27
#28 - currently uninhabited

WEST WALL
Wenzhou Local Flavor Snacks #29
Tasters’ Delight Inc #30
Pho Express / Shikoku Teriyaki Express / Ponji Juice Bar #1?
Noodle Village So Good #2?
Tokyo Kitchen/Green Mountain Coffee/Sushi #3?

Individual posts for each stall to follow…

New World Mall Food Court
40-21 Main St Flushing, NY 11354
Main entrance on Roosevelt, between Main and Union. Next to Macy’s.

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New World Mall
40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

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    Chandavkl Jul 1, 2012 10:04 AM

    Tianjin Foods at #27 is gone. Replaced by Tea Twitter, a Taiwanese drink and snack place.

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      RevImmigrant Sep 23, 2012 02:59 AM

      Does the New World Mall have an elevator that is accessible from street-level?

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        Robotron Sep 23, 2012 08:00 AM

        There are elevators as well as escalators. If I remember correctly, you have to enter through the Roosevelt Ave side entrance. The escalators will be directly in front of you. To the right will be the elevators.

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      fourunder May 19, 2012 09:15 AM

      Update....was here on May 17th, 2012......

      Very overwhelming for a guy who could not speak the language...but the mall was fully packed @ 7:30 PM and i was very impressed by the food stalls I saw.....especially the few Hand Pulled Noodle Shops. Clearly some are busier than others. It seemed most people were enjoying dishes from the stalls that let you make selections from raw items...then cooking them for you and served in big bowls.

      I only had only an hour, as I was on my way to La Guardia to do a pick up for a friend, so I shopped with my eyes and settled for a bowl of Ox Tail Soup from Lan Zhou Hand Made Noodle. I was pleased with my selection....and have to say, I enjoyed it more than my previous visits and selections fro m Xian Famous outposts. I also stopped by Live Seafood and had the Soft Shell Crabs prepared Hong Kong Style ( Salt & Pepper ). Three crabs split in half for $9 served with some fried rice and thin shaved cabbage. I do not recall the name of the stall, but for traveling, I purchased some Fried Buns (Pork) for late night snacking. All in all, I enjoyed all the choices I made.

      I was particularly impressed by Loama Ma La Tang....if anyone could elaborate as how to order , i.e., do you select vegetables and choose your meats and seafoods separately....I thought I noticed a sign that indicated separate pricing for vegetables and pricing. Are there different sauces and levels of spiciness....or is it just one house special sauce?

      One particular point to note which I was not happy with.....I made some *To Go* purchases from Stall #10. In viewing the picture menu board, There were two Items I wanted to try, and another on display is a pan. The two items on the board were a picture of what I presumed were a Lamb Burger ($3) and Spring Rolls ( No Price ). The Pan Item I selected was Red Oil Shredded Tripe. When I was asked to pay, I was told $15. It seemed high, so I asked them for a breakdown in pricing for future reference. In the most *Broken English* you could imagine. I was told $6.50 for the Tripe, $3.50 for the Lamb and $5 for the Spring Rolls. When I politely pointed to the sign for the Burger as indicating $3, I was told it was for Pork and I was given Lamb.....the spring rolls on the printed menu they included in my package does confirm a *Meat Juice* Burger as being $3.50, but The Spring Rolls are only $3.00. It seems silly to overcharge someone on a simple item as Spring Rolls.

      Any other new recommendations from others? TIA

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        Miss Needle May 19, 2012 01:47 PM

        "I was particularly impressed by Loama Ma La Tang....if anyone could elaborate as how to order , i.e., do you select vegetables and choose your meats and seafoods separately....I thought I noticed a sign that indicated separate pricing for vegetables and pricing. Are there different sauces and levels of spiciness....or is it just one house special sauce?"

        I think there's only one sauce but you can specify spicy. At New World Mall, I went to Tian Fu for the dish. I did try Laoma branch in Brooklyn. I prefer the Tian Fu. I got not too spicy because of my dining companion, and it was still on the spicy side. You just pick whatever you want and don't be shy about asking for more or less of a certain ingredient. I don't speak Chinese so I point. They weigh the veggies and meats in separate bowls and cook them together. Veggies like greens do shrink quite a bit so I would take that into factor.

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          fourunder May 19, 2012 09:38 PM

          Miss N,

          Thanks very much for your response. I am no stranger to pointing for my food, so thanks again for the confidence booster.

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        clarkgranny Feb 15, 2012 02:06 PM

        Hi joe,

        My husband and I live on Eastern Long Island and are going to be in NYC Friday. We are looking for great chinese and had been thinking about Chinatown. But then I kept reading about Flushing and thought we could go there on the way back home. So my question is as a first timer to Flushing should we just go tot the New World Mall ( this would be for lunch on Friday) or should we go to a restaurant? Oh and we want to get some food supplies as well.

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          Chandavkl Feb 15, 2012 02:23 PM

          With all the Chinese dining alternatives in Flushing, there's no correct answer for a single trip. Flushing Chinese food is certainly superior to Manhattan Chinatown, both in quality and variety. Also the ambiance is completely different. You can do it all at New World Mall, as besides the 30 food court eateries on the bottom floor, there's a supermarket on the next floor and a giant sit down seafood restaurant on the top floor. Or, if you have time you could stroll around the streets of Flushing and try the other food courts, markets and restaurants.

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            AubWah Feb 15, 2012 05:05 PM

            No go to a restaurant. I really like Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan. The steamed fish with pickled chili, cumin lamb, braised pork mao style, all superb

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            Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
            42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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              Peter Cuce Feb 17, 2012 10:53 PM

              So where did you end up?

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                clarkgranny Feb 19, 2012 05:39 AM

                Thanks to all for your advice about our trip to Flushing. We ended up going to the New World Mall. We got there about 11:00 AM when things were just opening up. We first strolled around to get a lay of the land. We saw so many Chinese eating at the GRand REstaurant upstairs that we thought we would sit down for an early lunch as we were drooling with anticipation. The dim sum was good but I wouldn't say great. Still the overall ambiance was fun.So much red and glitter.Next we headed to the food court area for our plan was to get takeout to bring home for our dinner that night. I can't remember which stalls we got what at but everything we got was delicious that night. Definitely better than the food at Grand restaurant. We did especially like a cold shrimp roll at the Vietnamese stand. We ended up with a shopping trip at the supermarket. This was our favorite experience. We loaded up on fresh greens and seafood. Everything is so reasonably priced and the variety is wonderful.We even saw a black chicken but we were a bit afraid to get this. We did buy a duck which we will have tonight. Last night we cooked the bok choy with shrimp we had bought. So our Friday journey has led us to have wonderful food for several days. A worthwhile trip and we will go again. It was all too much to take in for just one day.

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                Grand Restaurant
                40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

            2. Polecat Oct 29, 2011 05:29 PM

              I'm guessing somewhere upthread someone has posted about Lao Ma MaLaTang. It's one of at least three Sichuan (or Sichuan-style) stalls that offer individual sized hot pots. You can also line up on the right and order up a big bowl of ingredients by the pound that are then fried up as you wait. You can also get a container of white rice for a buck each - one is easily enough for one person. Four of us shared a big wooden bowl that consisted of enoki mushrooms, scallions, fried tofu, tofu sheets, fish filets, shrimp, crab and pork. It cost 18 bucks total and the food amount was just enough for each of us (okay, so one of us was my 5 yr-old, but honest to goodness the kid eats like a friggin' demon). The ingredients were very fresh, the "medium" ma la was very potent, sufficiently hot and numbing, the flavors and textures were terrific. In addition to the peppercorns, there must have been at least 20 crunch red peppers thrown in there. If I didn't want to try at least 4 other venues here, I'd go back to this stall in a heartbeat.

              Afterwards, we returned to Beautiful Memory Desserts. I had an item advertised in English as "mango pancake", which is mango and whipped cream wrapped in a thin but firm yellow crepe. It really reminded me of what I used to get at a wonderful daifuku stand in Koiwa, Tokyo at the JR train station (the place has long since closed). The cream was light as air, it wasn't overly sweet, and the mango was given room to shine. Very nice. My son had the "glutenous dumplings", which were, essentially, mango wrapped in mochi and covered with shaved coconut. This was also very good, also reminiscent in spirit of several desserts I've had in Japan. My mom-in-law had a very nice black sesame and almond soup that's served ying-yang style - looks like a black and white cookie in a square bowl. The weak link was my wife's cold soup dessert, orange in color, can't remember what it was - refreshing but not memorable. Even though I'm sure the HK place is better, you'd be hard pressed to find a more satisfying dessert in Flushing than the mango pancake, except maybe M & T's pumpkin fritters, up on Kissena near Cherry Street.

              Speaking of pumpkin, I saved some room for a pumpkin cake from a stall known as Tianjin Foods. They're a buck a piece and taste alright, but are soft and overly greasy. I'll take M & T's. This stall offers something known as "Halogen noodles", so that has me curious.

              On a snowy, chilly and rainy night, this place was about 3/4 full with plenty of table space. Very much worthy of repeated trips.

              P.

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              Kissena Cafe
              4139B Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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                Lau Oct 30, 2011 07:01 AM

                Lao Ma Mala Tang - interesting on the lao ma mala tang, that place is consistently the most crowded place in the whole food court (the lobster place being the second most crowded). will definitely have to try

                Beautiful Memory Dessert - at the one in HK that is one of their signature dishes (its my favorite) and there are alot of places in HK that serve it now. The version at beautiful memory is pretty decent and better than their soups. The mango sago soups type dishes are the other signature dish, they're not that good at BMD

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                  Polecat Oct 30, 2011 05:11 PM

                  Some websearch turned up some interesting info on Lao Ma Mala Tang's biggest selling item - the assemblage in the big wooden bowl that I described above. It's known as Mala Xiang Guo, a kind of dry hot pot. A few google links turn up articles stating that this is actually a Beijing take on Sichuanese food. Here are a few, but if they don't work, just type in the dishes name on a search engine and go crazy.

                  http://www.modernleifeng.com/?p=263
                  http://www.timeoutbeijing.com/venue/F...

                  P.

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                    Peter Cuce Oct 30, 2011 09:03 PM

                    I posted about this above: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7854...

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                      Lau Oct 31, 2011 05:41 AM

                      yah interesting, thats the thing i see everyone getting, its HUGE, its a gigantic bowl...it seems like its enough for two people. definitely curious to try it

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                        Peter Cuce Oct 31, 2011 05:33 PM

                        It's for as many people as you want, because you're the one who chooses how much of what ingredients to get - they charge by weight. I've gone with a few people at a time - you just ask for a bowl of rice per person. One thing I would recommend is to get it medium spicy, even if you like things super spicy, because they ramp up the prickly ash without a corresponding increase in chili heat. Medium seems to have the best balance.

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                  Peter Cuce Oct 30, 2011 11:34 AM

                  According to a commenter on one of my Flickr photos of a Ritual Restaurant (Flushing) menu excerpt, the Chinese for "stewed" is the same character for "halogen". You'll see this mistake on lots of Chinese menus, especially Northern Chinese, not sure why.

                  http://flic.kr/p/9uA8q3

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                    Polecat Oct 30, 2011 01:22 PM

                    Thanks, Peter.

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                      buttertart Nov 1, 2011 09:53 AM

                      Presumably because spicy and chili-hot are two different concepts in Chinese. Hence designation of dishes as "xiang la" (fragrant and hot). Asking for it very spicy and very hot might help.

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                        Peter Cuce Nov 1, 2011 04:57 PM

                        I'll try that. They only ask the level of spiciness you desire. Thanks.

                  2. Peter Cuce Oct 21, 2011 09:11 PM

                    #3 Yun Nan Rice Noodle

                    Sorry for putting this in the wrong place. If the CH team feels like it, they could move this under the #3 spot in this thread. I initially missed it when I was writing this post.

                    The Green Mountain Coffee stall is now sharing space with (or possibly has been replaced by) a newcomer, the Yun Nan Rice Noodle stall. Unfortunately I spotted it after having already eaten my third ma la xiang guo in 10 days time - so addicted to that dish - so I couldn't try any of their offerings. I'll upload some native photos when I have something worth putting up. For now you'll have to live with these iPhone shots, one of the stall itself and one of their menu - no takeout menus yet.
                    Stall: http://flic.kr/p/axSi38
                    Menu: http://flic.kr/p/axUYSy

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                      Peter Cuce Oct 23, 2011 08:09 PM

                      I ended up going back to the Yun Nan stall the next day. I was in a rush so didn't give the menu due consideration and think it's possible that what I ordered, B1 on the menu above, wasn't necessarily a signature Yun Nan dish.
                      I thought this because I saw several peoples' orders come out, and they were all served in ceramic bowls, while mine was in a takeout plastic container like those used for ma la tang at several neighborhood spots.
                      In any case, the braised beef turned out to be very much like corned beef, the rice noodles had a perfect chewy texture, and the soup was rounded out with a variety of greens. I should add that it wasn't inherently spicy - you had to add your own using the tiny supplied take-out cup. Good, statisfying stuff, but not revelatory - I need to try something from the A-series.
                      http://flic.kr/p/aytpMr

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                        buttertart Oct 24, 2011 10:03 AM

                        That reminds me - when we were in Shanghai in 2008 we ate lunch at a fast-foody Yunnan place in a food court. People around us were getting noodles that came on a tray with a number of small bowls of other ingredients and condiments. Anybody know the deal on this dish? We had already ordered when it impinged on our consciousness.

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                          missmasala Oct 24, 2011 04:37 PM

                          If the place is anything like Yunnan flavor snack in SP, then the thing to get may be B3, the rice noodle in hot and sour soup

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                            Polecat Oct 24, 2011 05:11 PM

                            Was there last night and scanned the Yunnan menu for dumplings in hot and sour - that's an amazing dish at Yunnan Flavor Snack - and didn't spot it. Otherwise, you have my word, I'd have followed an Imperial Palace feast with a second dinner.

                            We made due with some desserts at the cafe bearing the English name, "Beautiful Memory Dessert." They were light, natural and very refreshing. We shared the Thai black glutenous rice with mango and a tofu pudding with palm toddy, both immersed in a light and cold cream. The desserts are displayed, in plastic form, behind glass near the register, Japanese-style, which makes me wonder if these guys are Taiwanese. Then again, I could have done the reasonable thing and asked. Next time.

                            The food court was jammed at around 8 on a Sunday night - incredible. It seemed as if at least half the business was going to the mix-and-match hot pot place, Ma La Tang. I saw several people waiting in a long line and just as many presiding over gigantic wooden bowls of ma la goodness. The majority of the other stalls were downright lonely by comparison.

                            P.

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                            Imperial Palace
                            136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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                              Lau Oct 24, 2011 05:42 PM

                              polecat - The Beautiful Memory Dessert place is a rip off of this place in sai kung in hong kong (that is amazing btw) who got very popular and now has a branches all over hong kong and other places in china / asia now. their name is man ji dessert in chinese and honeymoon dessert in english. the place originally opened up and had a sign that said manji dessert, but then changed it to beautiful memory dessert when the actual honeymoon dessert put this up: http://www.honeymoon-dessert.com/en_us/article.php?id=206

                              here's the original honeymoon dessert in HK: http://www.openrice.com/english/resta...

                              i ate here a few times, I'm going to write a post on it soon. It is a very hong kong style dessert place in terms of what they serve, when i go to HK i eat at places like this all the time

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                                Polecat Oct 24, 2011 06:00 PM

                                Okay, thanks. Good linkage. My bad with the Taiwanese assumption, but then what good is this site if you can't tally a stupid guess or two. Yeah, the checks still bear the name, "Manji Dessert." The guy running the place was very nice - my wife thought she heard him speaking Cantonese - he made light of some otherwise very scattered and disorganized service. It's an excellent Flushing dessert option.
                                p.

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                                Peter Cuce Oct 24, 2011 06:01 PM

                                The owner of that place, Ken is his name, is an incredible salesman. I went in just to look at the menu and left 10 minutes later with the mango & Thai glutinous rice dish in vanilla ice that you mention. Not too sweet and very refreshing, as you say. I'd eat that any time.
                                Plastic version: http://flic.kr/p/axUYs3
                                Real life: http://flic.kr/p/axSgUp

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                                  Lau Oct 24, 2011 06:32 PM

                                  even though its a not the real deal and its nowhere near as good as the real deal, i love HK desserts like this so, so its nice to be able to get them. im actually suprised no one else had opened a dessert place like this b/c i think this type of dessert is universally liked by chinese people

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                                  AubWah Oct 25, 2011 06:13 AM

                                  I think the Yunnan place is an imposter, similar to a Chinese run Sushi restaurant

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                                    Lau Oct 25, 2011 07:17 AM

                                    an imposter of what? is it supposed to be a chain?

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                            vnair2 Oct 18, 2011 04:15 PM

                            Anyone know what kind of hours the food court keeps. Is there a time when the stalls start shutting down? Especially on a friday night?

                            How busy does it get at night? If I go with a sizeable group, is there any chance we can fight for seats?

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                              scoopG Oct 19, 2011 08:55 AM

                              With a large group, why not go to a bona fide Chinese restaurant? There are plenty of seats but depending on the time of day and the size of your group you might not be able to sit at one table.

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                                vnair2 Oct 19, 2011 11:14 AM

                                I thought the food court might be a fun adventure. Plus I figured with a large group we would be able to try a lot of the stalls, which would be fun.

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                                  scoopG Oct 19, 2011 01:34 PM

                                  And the size of your group? It might work. There are a lot of vendors and plenty of space as well.

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                                    vnair2 Oct 19, 2011 01:39 PM

                                    I think we are going to be somewhere between 7 and 9 people. Hopefully it will work. Do you know when the vendors start shutting down at night?

                                    Thanks

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                                      scoopG Oct 19, 2011 01:44 PM

                                      7-9 should work. You can have 1-2 secure a table and the rest fan out to procure the food! I do not know what time they close but would be surprised if it was before 9 pm.

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                                        vnair2 Oct 19, 2011 01:49 PM

                                        Perfect. Thanks a bunch. With so many options, it will be hard to choose. Do you have any stalls that are definitely worth trying?

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                                          scoopG Oct 19, 2011 01:58 PM

                                          No, I just toured it once around lunchtime - after I had already eaten elsewhere. I'd go through this thread and also look at Joe McBu's info at top. Then I'd pick 4-5 places to get food from. The place Peter Cuce mentions up thread with photos looks interesting.

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                                kathryn Oct 23, 2011 08:20 PM

                                Friends went on Friday and said closing time was around 10pm or so. Even at 9pm, Quickly was out of boba for milk tea.

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                                  vnair2 Oct 23, 2011 09:32 PM

                                  Thanks. I ended up going Saturday afternoon instead of Friday Night, so it didnt matter. Fighting for a seat didnt prove to be as hard as I thought it would be either. It was a delicious adventure.

                              3. CitySpoonful Jun 29, 2011 08:42 AM

                                We enjoyed a great vegetarian feast at the food court last night! It was a little tricky to scrounge up veg. options, but we succeeded without too much difficulty. On to the meal:

                                1) peanut noodles from LZ Cafe: eh -- flavorless peanut sauce and gloppy noodles.

                                2) also from LZ Cafe, mei fan noodles tossed with bits of greens and fried egg (they call it cabbage with mei fan on the menu board) : light and low on oil but also a bit low on flavor; came with a virtually flavorless clear broth that looked dubiously vegetarian...

                                3) from Lanzhou Handmade Noodle, soem kind of vegetarian, noodley/brothy creation offered up by the counter attendant at our request: this was fiery red and legitimately hot/spicy with a nice anise finish. Clear potato-based noodles (I think -- like the ones used in jap chae) mixed with baby box choy, pieces of cabbage and tofu skin, thick strands of seaweed, wood ear, firm tofu hunks, and wafer-thin slices of potato and lotus root. Very satisfying.

                                4) desserts from Pho Bac Express - these were recommended by the owner of the stall, which just opened a few days back (he said). One combined jackfruit and longan in a bright-green milky broth -- chilled with cubes of ice; the other combined mung beans and peanuts in a thick, yellow-hued, room temperature "sweet stew". The former was very light and refreshing (the owner emphasized that he used boiled down milk rather than sweetened condensed milk to make his desserts). The latter was amazing, despite its less-than-appealing appearance: sweet -- but not too sweet -- and creamy but not too rich, with a slightly savoury peanuty edge. Our dining companion also ordered a salty lemonade, made with fermented lemon wedges (I think) -- which tasted amazingly like gatorade!

                                5) Tianjin foods: we tried to order the pumpkin pancake-like dish, but it was all out. Has anyone tried it -- is it good?

                                6) Casserole Big Bowl of Noodles: I really wanted to try the scallion noodles but didn't have the stomach capacity left -- anyone know if these are a) veg. and b) any good?

                                7) SnoPo: we got the mango "pure snowy" and the Snow White "romantic snowy". These had an unexpectedly intersting texture - not at all like the usual shaved ice but rather was a creamy blend of dairy product and ice -- much like frozen cotten candy. Both were tasty -- the mango one had mango-flavored jelly on the side, and the Snow White had strawberries and strawberry-flavored jelly and red beans on the side, with some kind of fruity cereal sprinkled on top. Good Gravy -- where did you get that crazy-combo of ingredients on your shave ice? Was that SnoPo or elsewhere? Didn't see pineapple and Skittles as an option at SnoPo but maybe I missed it...

                                We did notice, however, that the Beijing and Wenzhou stalls were not open -- anyone know if they're permanently closed arleady? And it looked like Pho Express had already called it quits -- their counter had actually been walled over (not a good sign). I guess rent is quite steep so floundering stalls don't last long?

                                In all, it was a great, indulgent meal. I'm already curious to return and explore dumpling options (anyone know if there are any decent veg. dumplings to be had?) and the Henan, Tianjin, Beijing, Wenzhou, Laoma Ma La Tang and Casserole stalls!

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                                  GoodGravy Jun 29, 2011 10:17 AM

                                  My friend got it at Snopo. Not sure what she ordered, she just mentioned she said yes to whatever they asked and that's how it came. We learned to beware the frozen skittles lest they crack our teeth.

                                  1. re: CitySpoonful
                                    DaveCook Jun 30, 2011 07:54 AM

                                    On my second visit to the food court, about a week before your vegetarian roundup, I saw signs of improvement at the Wenzhou stall. I don't think it's ever been open -- and, for your purposes, a business whose menu board lists the like of "pig tales" [sic] seems geared for meat eaters -- but appearances were slightly more promising than before.

                                    It would be a shame if Beijing Cuisine (stall 25)...

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

                                    ...has already shuttered for good. Perhaps the operation is still touch and go. I did observe, however, that YoYo Cafe (stall 7), which featured Taiwanese food from Kaoshiong, had disappeared in the month since my first visit, before I'd even written up its stewed vegetarian "pig's blood cake" (photo below). When last seen, the stall had been rebranded with signage for Kung Fu Tea.

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                                    Kung Fu Tea
                                    37-14 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

                                     
                                    1. re: DaveCook
                                      Joe MacBu Jun 30, 2011 01:11 PM

                                      The Wenzhou stall was open about 4 weeks ago, but the offerings on display did not appetize me.

                                      What else was in the cake part of that blood cake?

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                                        DaveCook Jun 30, 2011 02:27 PM

                                        Rice and, I believe, some sort of seaweed as the thickener/enricher. You'd never mistake it for the original, but the Taiwanese customer who preceded me said that YoYo's version was pretty good.

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                                          wew Jul 27, 2011 01:08 PM

                                          I real hit from the corner. I will also give this dish its own post.
                                          I went to what seems to be the now combined #24 and #25 stalls, stared at the woman making making the $4.00 salad listed on the electric board. I asked the young woman next to me what were the dressing components and she replied that the salad was great and I should get it, so I did.
                                          The dish is based on rice noodle and gluten with crisp from cucumber and bean sprouts and dressed with eight liquids - vinegar, sesame paste, garlic water, sesame oil, chili oil, and three other items I couldn't identify. When finished it is a warm weather classic, great bright vinegar and chili oil accents, power from lots of garlic, all tempered by the sesame paste. A wow. Lift feeling tiptop, ready to face the weather.
                                          Stall # 24 now has a menu in Chinese and English.

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                                      Chandavkl Feb 4, 2012 02:49 PM

                                      Tried the Tianjin Food pumpkin pancake. Not particularly remarkable. The outer covering was greasy and reminiscent of the "tay doi" that my Toishanese grandma made. Filling was slightly sweet.

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                                      jsigalow Jun 27, 2011 07:41 AM

                                      Went there Sunday,and was blown away by the size and variety.It was jammed.Thanks for alerting us.Anyone eat in the restaurant on the 3rd floor?

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                                        ForestHillsFresser Jun 27, 2011 08:26 AM

                                        Yes. My son and I had dim sum yesterday. The food was very good, but not much to distinguish this place from Ocean Jewels/Asian Jewels.

                                        We found the food court after having had dim sum. I really wish I had found the food court first! Wow, what an amazing place. I felt like a kid in a candy store, I had no clue what I wanted to try first because I wanted to try everything.

                                        My first thought was that if there was a place like this in Manhattan,where I work, I would have lunch there every day. Then I began thinking about how wonderful it would be to live in Flushing to have access to this place every night for dinner.

                                        I would go every day if I could. Imagine, you could go to a different place every day of the month and never hit the samne place twice.

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                                        40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

                                      2. Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 01:31 AM

                                        #22 Bun Grill

                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
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                                          #20 Bun Malaysia

                                           
                                           
                                           
                                          1. Joe MacBu Jun 2, 2011 12:09 PM

                                            #28 Pho Bac Express

                                             
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                                              PercyA Jun 23, 2011 04:06 PM

                                              Tonight I had the honor of ordering the very first Banh Mi sandwich served at #28 Pho Bac Express. The owner said I looked like good luck and that I'd bring him many customers. The sandwich was a very nice size for $4.25, bread was fresh, good pork and pickled carrots, overall a thumbs up. Ask for extra jalapenos and sriracha if you like heat. They were only serving sandwiches tonight but the rest of the menu looks promising.

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                                                Joe MacBu Jun 23, 2011 11:05 PM

                                                Thanks for the heads up. It looked like they were doing alright, serving up some other dishes by the time I visited.

                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
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                                              Lau Jun 2, 2011 10:24 AM

                                              great post!

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                                                al3h May 29, 2011 08:11 PM

                                                I managed to check out the New World Mall Food Court this Sunday afternoon and it was packed. There are many options and some stalls were a lot busier than others. Of the few establishments that I did sample (Live Seafood #5, Snopo #14, and Teriyaki Express), I found them to be very disorganized and not fully operational (things listed on the menu but not available) Food was OK though and will probably try some other joints the next time I'm in Flushing.

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                                                40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

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                                                  Cheese Boy May 30, 2011 01:21 AM

                                                  Was there on Thursday. Now why would the Live Seafood stall have signs up stating "Lobster Sold Out" yet the tanks were brimming with them? That just seems so wrong.

                                                  It's gonna take a while to work through all of these stalls and single out our favorites. I had already picked up a few bings outside the mall and had some hand pulled noodles too, but I wish I could have jumped in and ate some more !! I completely had forgotten the food court was open. The hot oil dishes really stood out the most amongst those who were eating. If anyone's tried any of these, please chime in.

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                                                  kdgchow May 21, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                  Armed with this great piece of recon, checked out the food court today. It was a madhouse. Was going solo, so only tried a couple of small dishes at a couple of places.

                                                  First went to Stall #9 - SzeChuan Cuisine and got an order of "tan tan noodles." Well, they certainly weren't dan dan noodles - no Sichuan peppercorn. Instead, ground pork, cut up red and green peppers, garlic and chili pepper flakes. OK, but not worth the calories.

                                                  Better were the dumplings in hot oil from Stall #4 - Chong Qing Hot Pot. Dumpling skins were a little thick, but the pork and chive filling was fine. And the hot oil was good, had a slightly sourness to it.

                                                  Noodle soups and live seafood looked to be the most popular dishes among the masses, although the pizza and ice cream places were drawing big crowds, too.

                                                  1. buttertart May 20, 2011 12:30 PM

                                                    Ten thousand thanks, this is great.

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                                                      deabot May 20, 2011 05:01 PM

                                                      Grazie mille Joe! I'm looking forward to checking this mall out.

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                                                      Greg May 20, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                      Truly awesome. Thanks for this.

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                                                        kathryn May 19, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                        Joe MacBu, I bow down to your greatness.

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                                                          rschwim May 19, 2011 12:28 PM

                                                          Yeah, I second that! Can't wait to go exploring... Thanks!

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                                                            Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 09:52 PM

                                                            No need to bow down.
                                                            We all just need to chow down.
                                                            Let's discover the treasures hidden in the court!
                                                            And report back on our experiences to this board.

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                                                              scoopG May 20, 2011 02:30 PM

                                                              Thanks Joe for your hard work!

                                                        2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 07:45 AM

                                                          BTW, there is no space in the court for stall #13, so it seems like they skipped it on purpose. I assumed the Chinese would have instead skipped stall #4.

                                                          1. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 02:44 AM

                                                            Tokyo Kitchen/Green Mountain Coffee/Sushi

                                                            Another threesome.

                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
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                                                              AubWah May 19, 2011 06:13 AM

                                                              Joe your unemployment is to our great benefit! This is awesome, much appreciated

                                                            2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 02:40 AM

                                                              Noodle Village So Good

                                                               
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                                                                Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 01:13 AM

                                                                Heavy noodling.

                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
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                                                                  kathryn Oct 14, 2011 07:25 PM

                                                                  Apparently this is related to the Manhattan Chinatown one -- on their Yelp page they write:

                                                                  Announcement
                                                                  We added a new location in the mall's food court at 40-21 Main Street, Flushing NY. It's a smaller menu but the same great quality of food.

                                                                2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 02:38 AM

                                                                  Pho Express / Shikoku Teriyaki Express / Ponji Juice Bar

                                                                  These 3 stalls are all connected and share a common owner.

                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                  1. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 02:19 AM

                                                                    #30 Tasters’ Delight Inc

                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                      #29 Wenzhou Local Flavor Snacks

                                                                       
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                                                                        Joe MacBu Jun 2, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                        Who wants to find out the difference between spicy beef [麻辣牛肉] and duck spicy beef [麻辣牛肉]?

                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
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                                                                          Lau Jun 2, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                                          haha nice typo, in chinese the "spicy beef" says its a small box of spicy beef in chinese and the "duck spicy beef" says that its a spicy beef skewer

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                                                                            buttertart Jun 2, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                            From the menu, the "duck" spicy beef is just ma la beef on a skewer, the plain spicy beef is a small box/container of same. Where duck comes into it (if at all) is not apparent at all.

                                                                        2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 02:08 AM

                                                                          #27 Tianjin foods

                                                                          Menus are covered up, but I understood that at least some sort of steamed dumplings would be served.

                                                                           
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                                                                            Joe MacBu Jun 23, 2011 11:19 PM

                                                                            Up and running.

                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                          2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 02:03 AM

                                                                            #26 Mojoilla Fresh

                                                                            Crepes with ice cream and fruit.

                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                            1. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 01:55 AM

                                                                              #25 延邊 / 연변 / Yánbiān [no English]

                                                                              Yánbiān is a region in Jilin, northeast China, with a large population of ethnic Koreans. Hence, some of the offerings here resemble the banchan served in Korean restaurants. It looks fresh and many of the items offered were different on my 2 visits. I regret not trying the squid I saw on the first day, since it was unavailable the next. There's also a good looking bowl of what looks like naengmyun. Just like the signage, no English is spoken here, but it's simple enough to order.

                                                                               
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                                                               
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                                                                                Peter Cuce Nov 16, 2011 10:11 AM

                                                                                The Yanbian stall (#25) is following the trend of many other places in the mall and adding brighter, larger food pictures to their menus/signs or replacing them completely.
                                                                                They no longer have the trays of ingredients and skewers out front the way it looks above, but instead have moved to a more complete dish oriented menu as seen in this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/536/6350407935/sizes/l/in/photostream/

                                                                                I ordered the so called Special Dish (hot) which is similar in a way ingredient and taste-wise to the dry hot pot from the neighboring #24 stall, consisting mainly of beef, mung bean noodles, lotus roots, tofu skin and black mushrooms. There was some liquid in the bottom, somewhat spicy, and it was served with a bowl of rice and a styrofoam cup of clear soup. I liked it a lot and plan to return and try more of the dishes. The very friendly woman behind the counter, Rita, is from Guangdong, but was happy to recommend dishes she thought I should try next time.
                                                                                http://flic.kr/p/aF9HNR

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                                                                                  Peter Cuce Nov 18, 2011 08:58 PM

                                                                                  I revisited Stall #25 and ordered the Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings: http://flic.kr/p/aG8BCB
                                                                                  I thought this dish was great, comprised of five or six meaty chicken wings coated with chili spice and cumin seeds and nicely oily sauteed onions, and served with (rather hard) rice, bok choy, and clear soup w/ a bit of egg drops in the bottom. The only inedible note was the radish side covered with ketchup!
                                                                                  This stall is possibly the best introduction to Yanbian food for a single eater, as the dishes are cheap compared to the large, expensive dishes at Feng Mao & Rifu, and delicious.

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                                                                                  136-80 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                                                                              2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 01:33 AM

                                                                                #24 Beijing Cuisine

                                                                                 
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                                                                                  Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:54 AM

                                                                                  It's finally open.

                                                                                   
                                                                                   
                                                                                   
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                                                                                    Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:59 AM

                                                                                    1. Beijing beef roll
                                                                                    2. Spicy bean starch noodles

                                                                                     
                                                                                     
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                                                                                    Peter Cuce Oct 12, 2011 07:37 AM

                                                                                    This stall (#24) has changed as of yesterday. Now they serve Mala Xiangguo which is sort of a dry hot pot where you choose your own ingredients (although from looking at Joe's pictures, it seems possible that they offered this before as part of their menu). Now their stall is very professional looking, with coherent graphics and signage (all in Chinese). As far as I know you can't get this anywhere else in New York except, strangely enough, at stall 16/17, where they relatively recently have been offering a similar but inferior version in a huge wooden bowl.

                                                                                    Meat and vegetables are weighed and priced separately, then cooked and served in a huge metal bowl along with a bowl of rice for each person and a side of very garlicky northern style spiced radish garnish. My friend and I shared a bowl of self-chosen ingredients including spam, beef, fish balls, tofu, tofu skin, bok choy, enoki mushrooms, and eggs, which is all cooked up and served in a sauce that, on first bite, registers as spicy, slightly sweet, and numbing. After a few bites I realized that the flavor balance is more Sichuan peppercorn than chili pepper - there's quite a lot of spice in there, but the flavor is addictive, which makes it easy to scarf down a large bowl. Ours was $12, a great deal for so much quality food. Pictures to follow, still in the camera.

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                                                                                      Peter Cuce Oct 17, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                      I put some Tian Fu (天府) photos up on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/536/sets...

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                                                                                        ForestHillsFresser Oct 19, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                                                        Mapo Szechuan on Prince definitely has this dish, although it's not "choose all of your ingredients." Thier version comes in a huge bowl (for two), costs $24.95 and is your choice of sliced lamb, sliced beef, fish, chicken, shrimp, and maybe a few others and comes mixed with veggies as pictured in your photos (lotus etc..). I had the sliced lamb version and was blown away. If you don't like a very heavy szechuan peppercorn sensation, stay away from this dish., but if you're into that, then this is the dish to get.

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                                                                                        37-04 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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                                                                                          Peter Cuce Oct 19, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                          Wow, good to know! Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

                                                                                    2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 01:18 AM

                                                                                      #23 Hottest 86

                                                                                      These guys have a place by the same name in Brooklyn, but a cursory comparison of the menus shows no resemblance.

                                                                                      Borscht!

                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                      1. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 01:08 AM

                                                                                        #21 Manji Dessert

                                                                                         
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                                                                                          Joe MacBu Jun 2, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                                                          On a brief visit yesterday, Manji was open for business.

                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                        2. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 01:05 AM

                                                                                          #19 Casserole. Big Bowl of Noodles

                                                                                          Brian S. Are you reading this? I thought of you when I saw this place.

                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                          1. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 12:25 AM

                                                                                            #18 Main Street Burger Shack

                                                                                            This place is owned by the folks behind Hudson Place in Manhattan, as is Pizza 8. Despite the moniker, I only saw pollo a la brasa for most of the time I was there. Free samples of the chicken were flavorful and moist. The green sauce added a moderate amount of welcome kick.

                                                                                            When I inquired whether there was a burger anywhere that I could photograph, one was made for me on the house (I'm unemployed and currently not in a position to decline free food. So there you have my full disclosure. No burger left behind). I was surprised by how good the burger was, considering that I was in a food court. I was told the meat was some brand name which I quickly forgot - it was flavorful and cooked to medium, although it could have been coarser and looser. Good quality fancy brioche bun - which I thought was a little stale, which the owner vowed to rectify. I felt the bun to meat ratio was too big, but now I'm just nitpicking. Excellent twice-fried sweet potato fries.

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                            1. Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 12:04 AM

                                                                                              #16 Laoma Ma La Tang / Shang zi wei / hao xin xiang

                                                                                              This popular long stall has several sections. The left side serves ma la tang (spicy noodle soup) with your choice of a main ingredient. The middle section serves drinks. The right side has noodles/dumplings and prepared small dishes like fu qi fei pian, spicy peanuts, tu dou si, etc. They were giving samples when I was there. Next time, I'm grabbing a beer from J Mart upstairs to eat with those peanuts.

                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
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                                                                                                Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 12:52 AM

                                                                                                A couple of ma la tangs. Seemed to taste a bit flat at first, but a few dashes of soy sauce took care of that.

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                  Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 02:27 AM

                                                                                                   
                                                                                              2. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 11:44 PM

                                                                                                #15 Lanzhou Handmade Noodle

                                                                                                Not much happening here yet.

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                                                                                                  Joe MacBu Jun 2, 2011 12:04 PM

                                                                                                  Eel hand pulled noodles!
                                                                                                  And knife shaved noodles!

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                2. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 11:37 PM

                                                                                                  #14 Snopo

                                                                                                  This shaved ice and sweets stall hopes to open on the 21st.

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                    Miss Needle May 29, 2011 06:02 PM

                                                                                                    I think the snowy ice is what bigjeff was looking for a while back when he was searching for some Taiwanese ice dessert. I wanted to try either the mango or "orental milk" flavor snow ice but they were out of all flavors except for a select few. Ended up getting the chocolate which wasn't so hot as the flavor was kind of watered down. The texture was also a bit too soft. I was looking for something similar to this awesome shaved snow that they served at a Taiwanese restaurant in Rowland Heights but this wasn't quite it.

                                                                                                    It appears that Ponji (by the escalator) also carries this dish. I hope to get to try that version soon as it looked really good.

                                                                                                    Joe, thanks for all of the invaluable work that you've done here!

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                                                                                                      Joe MacBu Jun 2, 2011 11:39 AM

                                                                                                      Have you tried the shaved ice at Ice Fire Land? I'm no expert (or even a big fan of the stuff), but that's the best version I've had in Flushing.

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                                                                                                        Lau Jun 2, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                                                                        ive tried it, it's decent and i'd agree with you that it's the best i've had in flushing, but on an absolute level it's mediocre

                                                                                                        if you compared it to a good version in taiwan (or even LA), the main differences is the ice is still too chunky it should be like powder and the toppings while fine are generally just canned stuff. If you go to the good places in taiwan i think they make most of their toppings themselves

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                                                                                                          Miss Needle Jun 2, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                                                          No, I haven't been to Ice Fire Land. But I looked at some of the pics on yelp, and I think we're talking about two different things. This is the shaved snow I'm talking about.

                                                                                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/5idAYg...

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                                                                                                            Lau Jun 2, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                            you guys are talking about two different things, what joe macbu is talking about is the traditional shaved ice with toppings, the snow ice Miss Needle is talking about is basically flavored really thin ice sheet type of thing, which is a newer invention

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                                                                                                          Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:34 AM

                                                                                                          Here's an "oriental milk" (white) and something else (pink). White tasted like Japanese milk candy. Pink tasted like the artificial-tasting hard candies I grew up with in Asia - good for nostalgia. The ice itself is also flavored and feels like cotton candy. Thanks to my eating comrades for getting these since my dessert tummy was full of clams.

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                          GoodGravy Jun 19, 2011 04:46 PM

                                                                                                          After all those noodles, 3 of us split a dessert of mango shaved ice w/ pineapple, almond, mango, etc. jellos, fresh strawberries, cereal (fruity pebbles?), Skittles, cookies, etc. We barely managed to finish it. It was also tasty and refreshing. Crappy cellphone pic attached.

                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                            Peter Cuce Nov 18, 2011 09:07 PM

                                                                                                            I had my first Snopo this past weekend. What an odd creation, nothing like Taiwanese Shaved Ice at all. Instead it's a pile of fluff, looking very much like someone cleaned out the vacuum bag, put it on a plate, covered it with flavoring and Cocoa Puffs, added some red beans, mung beans and coconut to the base, and stuck a straw in its side. We ordered the Sesame Snopo and were pleasantly surprised at its light consistency and almost unsweet refreshing quality. I have no idea what the straw was for. If the entire thing melted I doubt it would make more than half a cup of liquid.

                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                              Joe MacBu Nov 18, 2011 11:33 PM

                                                                                                              That stuff is so trippy. It belongs in Flushing Park, between the Unisphere and the Jetsons Towers.

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                                                                                                                scoopG Nov 21, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                Ha ha! Thanks Peter - reminds how much I need to dig around here. Was in the Flushing Mall and it was pretty dead. Xian Foods has already shut down.

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                                                                                                                Lau Nov 19, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                its not traditional taiwanese shaved ice, however it is taiwanese its a newer dish, its pretty common in taiwan. i prefer regular shaved ice though

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                                                                                                                  Peter Cuce Nov 19, 2011 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                  Maybe regular shaved ice in Taiwan is good, but I've never had one I liked in NYC.

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                                                                                                                    Lau Nov 19, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                    its generally very bad in NY

                                                                                                                    the ice should be like powder and at the good places all the toppings are homemade (and they also have alot of toppings you don't see here). Unfortunately, the ice here is usually chunky and the toppings are canned topping so it really pales in comparison

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                                                                                                              #12 Sliced Noodles

                                                                                                              Yes, they specialize in knife cut noodles [刀削面, Dao xiao miàn]! They're only the 2nd restaurant that I know of that makes this in Flushing (the other is in the Golden Mall). The owners told me they're from Henan.

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                GoodGravy Jun 19, 2011 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                Went here w/ some friends today and tried the lamb stew and oxtail, both w/ sliced noodles. Both were good and filling and the noodles had a nice, chewy texture. The additional chili sauce gave it an extra dimension.

                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                  Joe MacBu Jun 23, 2011 11:35 PM

                                                                                                                  What? They have bivalves and crayfish(!!) in Henan? Wikipedia says, "The culinary popularity of crayfish swept across mainland China in the late 1990s. Crayfish is generally served with Mala flavour..." as it is at this stall. I REALLY wanted it, but I had already eaten and the only thing I could fit into my reserve dessert compartment was a moderate order of clams (a bit gritty, but quite flavorful with garlic, ginger, chilies...and a bargain at $2.99).

                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                    Joe MacBu Jun 23, 2011 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                    Attempt #2 to upload all the photos...

                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                2. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                  #11 LZ Cafe

                                                                                                                  Not open yet. Looks like Fuzhou cuisine.
                                                                                                                  I'm interesed to see how the "Duck in Can" compares to Au Pied du Cochon's (at 1/6th the price to boot).

                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                    Jeffsayyes May 19, 2011 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                    woahhh, duck in a can! I was wondering if these places are mom & pop type places, or are chains from asia.

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                                                                                                                      Joe MacBu May 19, 2011 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                      I got a local vibe from most of the stalls, but I can be a bad judge of character.
                                                                                                                      I'm guessing the "in can" items are mock meats (no convincing rationale). You can have the duck, I'm going for the lamb!

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                                                                                                                      Joe MacBu Jun 23, 2011 11:53 PM

                                                                                                                      Good looking pan-fried dumplings.
                                                                                                                      Damn, the cans don't seem to be what we thought.

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                    3. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                      #10 Xiang Ba La

                                                                                                                      Serving up a limited selection of dishes from Northwestern China [Xīběi, 西北].
                                                                                                                      Despite the sign, prices are in $, not ¥.

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                        #9 SzeChuan Cuisine

                                                                                                                        Expects to open on Saturday. Menu and photos look promising.

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                          Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:17 AM

                                                                                                                          Despite hearing that this stall is inauthentic Sichuan, I have to admit that some of the offerings look tasty. Btw, as with the dish below (the first one being "poached sliced squid and pig's kidney in chilli broth"), I don't eat everything I upload. I just sneak up on unsuspecting diners and click.

                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                            Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:21 AM

                                                                                                                            And, once again, the remaining pics which did not upload the first time.
                                                                                                                            Dear CH engineers, please fix this bug soon. Thanks.

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                        2. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                          #8 Pizza 8

                                                                                                                          The guy who owns this also owns the Burger Shack in the court, as well as Hudson Place in Manhattan. The pizzas are like the ones from your typical neighborhood joint. The crust is especially crunchy.

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                          1. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                            #7 Yo Yo Cafe

                                                                                                                            This place still needs quite a bit of work before opening. But it looks like Taiwanese food and drinks.

                                                                                                                            (Apologies for the rotated pic. I wish Chowhound would allow us to edit pics after uploading)

                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                              Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:11 AM

                                                                                                                              Now they're called Kung Fu Tea.

                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                DaveCook Jun 24, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                The Taiwanese stall was, briefly, open -- I even tried their vegetarian version of "pig's blood cake" -- but they never seemed to do much business.

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                                                                                                                                  buttertart Jun 24, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                  Vegetarian pig's blood cake is a bit on the mind-boggling side, whatever was in it?

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                                                                                                                                    ChiefHDB Jun 24, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                    Blood from a vegetarian pig?

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                                                                                                                                    DaveCook Jun 24, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                    Seaweed, I believe, gives it its body.

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                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jun 24, 2011 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                      Interesting. And the mineral quality. makes sense.

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                                                                                                                                micheal May 18, 2011 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                                Thanks - was there Wednesday and tried to find the food court from the MAIN ST entrance - only cul de sac despite the sign-posting!! The Chinese certainly never disappoint - all it would take was a sign saying ENTRANCE ON ROOSEVELT!
                                                                                                                                On the top floor there's a mighty gigantic new restaurant which looks phenom - just gawking at the tables as i passed by. Seems really great but alot of stuff rather pricey - anyone been there yet?

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                                                                                                                                  Peter Cuce Oct 12, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                  If you walk upstairs through the supermarket you can take the elevator down to level C.

                                                                                                                                2. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                  #6 M S Han Song Ting

                                                                                                                                  Many on this board are familiar with this stall from their (brief) tenure in the Roosevelt Food Court, as well as further up on Main St. They're quite popular in the new space, serving up ma la tang, along with items which straddle the China-Korea border. They make their own wheat noodle for what resembles naeng myun (replacing the buckwheat) and jjajangmyeon. Also on offer are bibimbap, soondubu, bing and all the rest which I have yet to translate. It should go without saying, but menu translations would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  1. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                    #5 Live Seafood

                                                                                                                                    One of the busier stalls in the court. They serve just-killed lobster ($12) and crab ($6.25) (and shrimp, also $6.25, though I didn’t see any alive or served), along with shredded cabbage and rice. The crustaceans are lightly dredged in flour, deep-fried then wok-tossed with the flavor of your choice. My choice of ‘Sichuan Spicy’ seemed to only include deep-fried whole chilies, no sauce – but I devoured it nonetheless. Dig in with your hands - the bathroom is conveniently close for cleaning up afterwards. Other flavors are XO sauce; Hong Kong; ginger/scallion; basil.

                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                    1. Joe MacBu May 18, 2011 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      #4 Chong Qing Hot Pot

                                                                                                                                      This place wasn't open yet, but will serve several Sichuan hot pots, dumplings and noodles.

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                        Joe MacBu Jun 23, 2011 11:59 PM

                                                                                                                                        Mmm, fish head.

                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                          Joe MacBu Jun 24, 2011 12:04 AM

                                                                                                                                          And 3 more pics which didn't upload during the last attempt.

                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
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