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Xie Family Foods – Delicious Cold Dishes from Tianjin at the Golden Mall

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Xia Family Foods is a stall located in the Golden Mall in Flushing, which specializes in cuisine from Tianjian and seems to offer two types of food: xiao chi (small snacks) and dumplings / buns.

Tianjin is a northern port city in China that is located a little southeast of Bejing. I’m far from an expert in their cuisine and a lot of it is as foreign to me as it is to someone who has never eaten Chinese food as this was not what I grew up eating. I know a few of their famous dishes, but I really don’t know too much about their food so I was quite interested to try it.

We came here after as a last stop on a mini food crawl through Flushing. The stall was actually featured on Anthony Bourdain’s episode about the outer boroughs. I believe he had some head cheese when he came. They stall has several cold dishes laid out which you can choose from and also has dumplings and various buns you can order to be made fresh. We were too full to try any of the dumplings or buns, but we did try several of the cold dishes.

Here’s what we got:
- Smoked Tofu in Chili Oil (Dou Gan): Dou gan is a type of smoked tofu that has a much more firm texture than normal tofu; it almost reminds me of a cheese in terms of texture. It had a nice smoky flavor and it was covered in spicy chili oil. It’s a fairly typical Chinese preparation, but it was done very nicely here and the flavors went very well together, I thought this was excellent. 8.25/10
- Pickled Potato Strips: This is thinly julienned pieces of potato that are pickled in a vinegar sauce. This is not uncommon in Chinese cooking, but it’s not my favorite dish; I mainly ordered it for someone else. It tastes just like it sounds and while the version here was prepared well, it’s just generally not a dish I’m in love with. 7/10
- Spicy Pig Ear (Ed Duo): Pig ears sound really weird to most people, but they are delicious. They have a firm texture and a very mild flavor and basically taste like whatever sauce you put them in. Here they are prepared in spicy chili oil with little pieces of cilantro that go really well with the pig ears. These were great and were the best version that I’ve had in NY besides Nan Xiang which is on par although prepared slightly differently. 8.25/10
- Wood Ear Mushroom (Mu Er): I like wood ear mushrooms a lot, they almost taste more like seaweed than a mushroom and they look a lot more like seaweed than a mushroom. The version here was prepared in a tangy vinegary sauce. This was the one preparation I wasn’t so keen on; the sauce was just too tangy and overpowered the mushrooms. 6.75/10
- Beef Tendon (Niu Jin): This was beef tendon that I believe was preserved in a mixture of soy sauce, five spice and star anise. You could really taste the flavors of all of them. Because it was served room temperature it had a somewhat waxy texture, but not in a bad way. I thought this was pretty tasty and sort of reminds me of a beef jerky. 7.75/10

Overall, I liked the food here and if you’re going to the Golden Mall I’d definitely recommend coming and trying some of the interesting and delicious cold dishes at Xie Family Foods.

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

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    1. re: AubWah

      thanks! its a interesting place, some of the dishes don't look even like chinese like that massive sausage in the pic...im curious to try more things here as the stuff i had was very well prepared

    2. Would you be willing to share the stops on your " mini food crawl through Flushing". Ive been meaning to explore flushing more, but I dont know where to start.

      Also, have you been to the New World Mall food court yet? Some of the reviews have been mixed and I would be very interested to hear your opinion.

      Thanks

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

      9 Replies
      1. re: vnair2

        hmm here's where i'd recommend you starting off, I can give you more recs after you've tried these, but i think these are a good place to start:
        1) Corner 28: stop here and get peking duck buns
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775577
        2) White Bear: go get dumplings
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/792866
        3) Soy Bean Chan: get some sweet soy bean milk and the salty silky tofu
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794182
        4) Golden Mall: you're read about Xie Family food, which is a nice place to get some cold apps, but I'd highly recommend going to the much talked about and now famous Xi'an Famous Foods. I'd get a lamb burger and the liang pi

        that should be enough food for one trip (i'd recommend bringing a few people with you, optimally having like 4 people would the proper amount

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

        Corner 28
        40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

        White Bear
        135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        Soy Bean Chen
        135-26 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        Xi'an Famous Foods
        41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

        1. re: Lau

          Ive actually been to Xi'ian Famous Foods in manhattan, but the other suggestions are perfect. Thanks for the help.

          1. re: Lau

            Just left the Golden Mall and I can't imagine visiting without having the Lamb Noodle Soup on the upper floor.

            1. re: Dogstar

              oh yah thats a good substitute for xi'an since you've already been there

              i also like the zha jiang mian at the hand pulled noodle place across from xi'an. i mean the golden mall is kind of awesome, so you can't really go wrong there

              1. re: Dogstar

                great soup, to me the lamb soup offered by henan flavor on forsythe is similar and a whole lot closer

                1. re: AubWah

                  true, but he's going to be out there anyhow so was just trying to think of small things you could legitimately eat on a food crawl type of mission

                  1. re: Lau

                    i think he should go to hunan kitchen of grand sichuan and order the braised mao pork on rice with the sauteed greens. 4.75 including tax best value around

              2. re: Lau

                It took a while, but I finally convinced my gf to make the journey out to flushing. We went to:

                1) Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao - Delicate skins and lots of very delicious soup filling. Very excellent. It was especially fun watching them form the tasty dumplings in the front.

                2) Corner 28 - Peking Duck Buns - Fluffy bun, good duck and an unbeatable price. I do wish they used a little less of the sauce, because it overpowers the delicious other stuff.

                3) White Bear - Juicy wontons in hot oil - Definitely unlike anything Ive eaten in Manhattan or Philly. The hot oil and other toppings elevate this above all other dumplings. Very good.

                4) Soy Bean Chan - Salty Silky Tofu - The most unique of anything we ate. There was a bit of a language problem when it came to ordering, but we did alright by pointing. The tofu is silky smooth, like custard. The pickled vegetable topping is a little salty, but excellent in small quantities. Of everything we tried, this was probably my favorite.

                5) New World Mall Food Court - We were too stuffed to actually eat anything, but I wanted to check it out. It looks like a wonderful place and I am excited to return and eat everything they have to offer

                Thank you very much for all the suggestions, it was a very nice experience.

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                Corner 28
                40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

                Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
                38-12 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

                White Bear
                135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                Soy Bean Chen
                135-26 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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

                1. re: vnair2

                  glad you enjoyed those are all fun places to eat at

            2. Tianjin restaurants in L.A. seem to feature thick dough pasta and meat pie type items. Any over here?

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              1. re: Chandavkl

                hmm which restaurant in LA?

                i didnt see anything like that here although ive only eaten here once and i didn't fully check out their made to cook menu

                1. re: Lau

                  there is a place called tianjin bistro in san gabriel, i've never been

                  1. re: Lau

                    Tianjin Bistro and Chans Paris N (Arcadia) are full fledged Tianjin and Beijing in San Gabriel is a spinoff of Tianjin Bistro. A few others have Tianjin sections on their menu. One common dish is called something like Ge Da, which is a small clump of dough which can be fried or thrown into soup.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      hmm i didn't see that when i was at xie family foods. is it any good?

                      1. re: Lau

                        Yes. Anybody who likes chewy noodles would like this type of dish.