breakfast in flushing
I know the world is a big place and there is hardly anywhere that doesn't have eggs and toast for breakfast, but I am interested in trying a "traditional" asian breakfast this weekend. I don't care what country's tradition- Chinese, Korean, Southeast Asia (would love Vietnamese, but that's probably Pho) just want to try something new and obviously preferably good.
I've been reading about natto a bit, thought that might be interesting. Or, it could just be a place that serves rice and miso soup for breakfast, things I've obviously eaten, but never for breakfast. I've been to most of the greatest hits restaurants in Flushing and have seen breakfast on some of the menus, but am hesitant to show up for them without getting info first. Any suggestions?
Natto and Miso soup are Japanese - you won't find much of that in Flushing, if at all.
Here's what you will find, however:
Ever have a Chinese donut, or a a taro bun? These, along with other Chinese buns and dan tat (custard tarts) are not hard to find in Flushing. My favorite place for Chinese donuts and taro buns right now is Lucky Bakery. That's on Kissena right near the corner of Elder, about 10 minutes from downtown.
Joe DiStefano, by way of his World's Fare blog, tipped me to the "night market" at Curry Leaves Malaysian, on 40th Road, I believe, between Main and Prince. It's available between 4 and 11 am. If you're an early riser, a spicy bowl of Curry Mee before sunrise is just the thing. It will give you a whole new take on the day.
Right around the corner, on Roosevelt between Main and Prince, is a flower shop that sells warm and jiggly blocks of tofu in plastic containers out of a street window. You gan get it savory or sweet, that is covered in a thick and sticky syrup. Great with a cup of sweet and bitter coffee.
On Prince, at Niou Riou Mian, just a block away, you can get yourself a traditional Taiwanese breakfast - soy milk, yiou tao, or beef and egg rolled up in a sesame pancake, and for pretty damn cheap too.
Others will make mention of dim sum, an obvious and good choice, so I won't go there. I haven't had dim sum in Flushing in a while, so I'm slightly out of touch on that topic, and will defer to the suggestions of others here.
I'd have to say that my favorite breakfast of all in Flushing right now is the seafood congee and you tiao at Tasty Roast House, which is admittedly a haul from downtown if you're walking. If you drive, it's a block and a half away from the Main Street exit on the LIE, or probably a ten minute bus ride up Main from downtown. Their you tiao, or Chinese cruller, is the tastiest and least greasy I've tried yet.
Niu Rou Mian
39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354
Soy Bean Chen
135-26 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354
New Curry Leaves
135-31 40th Rd, Queens, NY 11354
Tasty Roast House
59-16 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
44-35 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355
dimsum is typical chinese restaurant breakfast fare. dimsum is sort of like asian tapas, small plates or tasting plates of food. please excuse my spelling, as i don't know the proper spelling of any dishes. i usually get a variety of dumplings (shumai, potstickers), spring rolls, and a couple more authentic dishes depending on my mood. there are rice noodle rolls which are good, with your choice of filling. i usually get shrimp or beef. i love the taro cake, and try the spare ribs, or if you're more adventurous, chicken feet. fyi- food comes around in carts and you pick what you like, so its not typical restaurant service. my family usually frequents Ocean Jewels Seafood Restaurant, 133-30 39th Ave, Flushing, 718-359-8600, but there are many in chinatown and flushing
133-30 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354