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Sep 20, 2011 06:48 PM

Food stalls on the corner of Maple and Main street Flushing?

Walked in a couple of nights ago because it looked interesting from the outside, but of course there was no english menu so I left. Has anybody been? Are they each independently owned? Whats good around there? And what does the chinese characters say on the awning? I'm assuming it has something to do with "snacks". Thanks!

Savor Fusion
42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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  1. I have not tried anything there yet, but noticed on the Chinese menu that it said an English menu is available upon request. However, this looks like one of those places where you can just point at what you want and order.

    1. Joe DiStefano wrote it up in World's Fare, and I've been seven or eight times since then, most of these times with my friend Eric who also wrote it up in his blog Eric Eats Out. All stalls are independently owned, and almost everything I've had has been great, especially for the price. Although there isn't much written English, except on Stall #3, which is a Taiwanese Noodle stall, there is a concierge in the back who is helpful, and most stall owners can speak some English.
      Here's what I've figured out so far, which can help you at least have an idea of where to start when ordering, and the proprietors can narrow it down from there, or a friendly patron can help, which has happened to me several times.

      From the back Stall:
      1 : Dumplings, mostly steamed, and cold appetizers. Try the three treasures dumplings. Amazing.
      2: Noodles freshly shaved off a giant hunk of dough, and also hand-pulled noodles. This was good but the noodles were a bit over-cooked the one time I tried it.
      3: Taiwanese wheat and rice noodle stall. I think they have dumplings as well. I like the rice noodle soup w/ pig intestines, tofu and pork belly. Only $4. The 2nd time I went the woman remembered me and gave me a separate dish of garlic sauce w/ spices, fresh cilantro, and bamboo shoots to dip the pork belly and skin in as I ate the soup.
      4. Henan food, including lamb or pork bing, freshly filled, and zha jiang mian, both of which I loved
      5. Tian Jin. I haven't had anything here yet.
      6. Pretty good cheap as hell fried chicken wings and some other stuff
      7. Sister Zhu's Sichuan stall, written up extensively by Joe DiStefano. Loved the ma la fish, the chicken dish which is usually sitting out in a big bowl, the dan dan mian, the ox tongue & tripe.
      8. The last stall (or the first), which is also labeled number 1, has lots of cold things on offer, and noodle soups, one of which I've tried. Not sure where the woman is from, but she's incredibly friendly.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Peter Cuce

        this is a cool blog, never seen it before

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          btw, I discovered there's another Eric Eats Out. My friend's blog is

          Maple Snacks now has more signs in the front proclaiming their official English name as Savory Fusion. It's a little amusing, because the side window has a painted "Savoy Fusion" and the awning says "Savor Fusion," while the Chinese name is "Maple Snacks".

          All of the stalls now have English menus next to the Chinese ones, and there's a new drinks counter under construction to the left of the front entrance.

          Last night I stopped by the Taiwanese stall (#3) which now has paper specials written in Chinese that the owner will be happy to read to you. I chose the Chinese sausage & ground meat over rice for $6.95, probably one of the most expensive items in the whole complex, but well worth it. I'll put some photos on Flickr in a bit.

          Savor Fusion
          42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            I stopped here at 10:30 last night when most stalls were cleaning/closing up and picked up some delectable, homemade sausage from stall #7. It's $3 per link but well worth it - I'm munching on it as I write - fatty, spicy and delicious.

            I also got some pig foot to go from the Taiwanese stall (#3),
            While waiting for that, I decided I needed some three treasures dumplings (三鮮 水) from stall #1, which according to the super friendly concierge (Tina), is run by people from Húběi. These are still some of my favorite steamed dumplings in NYC, although they can be better or worse depending on who boils them. Sometimes they're a bit overdone and falling apart.

        2. I'm surprised no one else has chimed in on this thread. Savor Fusion is not as exciting as New World Mall, or as large and well known as Golden Mall, but it's way cleaner than the latter and has a much higher percentage of goodness than the former.
          This is (possibly too) self-referential and meta, but Joe DiStefano writes about the great Taiwanese fried chicken from stall #3 and also about the ma la xiang guo from NWM in his latest post:

          Savor Fusion
          42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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          1. re: Peter Cuce

            thank you for that link, i will be trying that chicken in the near future. i think thats the same stall i got a great noodle soup with fried pork chop from

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              ok, this whole place rules. I went with a few people and had some snacks. We got the Taiwanese fried salt and pepper chicken from Stall #3 as an appetizer, for $4 it was a nice generous handful of perfectly fried dark meat chicken. There were some leaves fried in there too (probably basil). It was ridiculously delicious. The chicken meat itself was very very fresh and chickeny.

              We also got a gua bao from the same stall and it was very ejoyable for $2.50. Again, tasted fresh and prepared skillfully. The lady at this stall was super-nice and friendly. In fact, everyone at all the stalls seemed to be very friendly. We also got an order of vegetable dumplings from the stall in the back ($4 for 12 dumplings) because there were vegetarians in our group. These were just amazing. Perfect wrappers and a complex flavorful filling that actually tasted like something and you could discern hand-chopped veggies and eggs inside of it. I kept being like...Wow, this is a veggie dumpling I would eat even if I didn't HAVE to! I can't wait to go and try the other offerings at the dumpling stand.

              I really like Savor Fusion, the space is nice and clean and even the bathroom was clean :)

              Going back next weekend for sure to try the szechuan stall.

              Savor Fusion
              42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

              1. re: bolletje

                Great report. When you go to Sister Zhu's, make sure you get some of their homemade sausage to go, $3 a link. It's so fatty & delectable, almost like meat ice cream. It's usually on a tray in the front.

                1. re: bolletje

                  Glad you discovered the Taiwanese stall. It is indeed the real deal

                  1. re: AubWah

                    I went back to Maple Snacks/Savor Fusion yesterday. Got the Taiwanese Salt and Pepper chicken platter which is great--comes with rice with pork mince on top that I loved, preserved veggies, a small slice of sausage, braised (?) cabbage and tofu and a hard-boiled soy egg. This is an amazing plate of food for $6. I was with a big group this time so we got to try more stalls. Sister Zhu's stall has a lot of variety, the dan dan noodles were good, we got some of the chicken pieces from the bowl on the counter and I loved it but most of my friends though it was too full of bones and difficult to eat. I also got wontons in hot oil, some nice scallion egg pancake thing that was insanely good for $1 and a crazy delicious vegetarian Chinese burrito type thing that was a thin pancake stuffed with veggies (dry tofu, carrots, celery, onion, greens and egg). I think I may have actually liked the veggie burrito thing the most because it was so refreshing and I never have had anything like that. I got some sausage from Sister Zhu as well and it's very good--fatty and spicy.

                    We got veggie dumplings and three treasure dumplings from the dumpling people and everyone agreed the filling was much better than white bear although the skins are slightly thicker. They literally made the dumplings and dropped them in the boiling water--really a stellar product. The proprietors of this stand have very limited English so hopefully someone who speaks Chinese can go by there and find out more about them.

                    We also got a bowl of ox tail soup from the hand-pulled noodle stand and it was so huge and cheap. The broth was great but the noodles were too soft for my taste. I guess they just keep cooking in the soup even when it is on your table? The broth was so good though that it makes up for that.

                    I feel addicted to this place.

                    1. re: bolletje

                      Great write-up. I know from talking to the concierge lady, Tina, that the dumpling people are from Húběi. Those are my favorite dumplings in NYC.

                      1. re: Peter Cuce

                        interesting, i will have to try!

                        1. re: Peter Cuce

                          are the dumpling people the first stall when you enter, next to sister zhu?

                          1. re: AubWah

                            All the way in the back. Also called Stall #1

                            1. re: Peter Cuce

                              Had the lamb noodle soup (yang rou hui mian) today at the Henan stall. Cheap and filling. Broth was full of flavor. Slices of lamb with wood ears, strips of seaweed (I have no idea how that came into Henan cuisine), chopped cilantro and scallion and topped with a huge spoon of chili oil. It was the perfect lunch for a cold day like today. I saw the cook make the hui mian from scratch - the technique looked very similar to la mian except he used a lot less dough and the dough he started with was flattened out. The noodles look sort of like a long thin, ribbony lasagna noodle. They came out nice and tender yet had a slight bite to it. I should've let the noodles soak up some more broth.

                              Overall, for 5 bucks it was a great meal. If I was hungier I would've tried the lamb bing. They have both fried and unfried versions. Next time..

                              1. re: birdsandtogs

                                Thanks for the report. Sounds real good.

                                btw, I don't think the food court is doing well - it's pretty empty most times. People come in for takeout mostly. They've let the concierge go, and the tea stall in the front has already closed. I'd hate to see this resource go away, but it doesn't seem to be gaining much traction.

                                1. re: Peter Cuce

                                  Yeah, that food court was maybe a quarter full at about 2PM yesterday. That location on Main Street isn't as busy as near the 7 station. I think New World Mall is just too centrally located (not to mention new) for any food court/hawker center in downtown Flushing to expect to do well. Maybe if the food court had decent parking and/or their food was that much better they'd have a chance.

                                  It's sad, really. 10 years ago I was practically begging for authentic regional Chinese cuisine Now there are almost too many options in downtown Flushing, and these small shops can't even get off the ground.

                                  The good thing is that I think the specialty restaurants (places that specialize in 1 or 2 things) are coming along. Hopefully we'll have more choices in the near future. And, selfishly, I would love them to be non food court restaurants. That'll be an exciting time. The board would be flooded.

                                  1. re: birdsandtogs

                                    Well, it does offer some of the better Sichuan food, maybe the best Sichuan food in Flushing proper. And the dumplings at the back stall are some of the best in NYC. I was hoping people from CH at least would flock there, if only for these reasons. It's not that much further from the train than Golden Mall.

                                    1. re: Peter Cuce

                                      Going to have to try the dumplings soon. Only problem is that parking is horrendous in that area. Does the Sichuan stall at Savor Fusion offer xiang guo?

                                      Yeah, they definitely need the business from fellow CHers. FWIW, there's a Sunrise Restaurant Supply branch 3 doors south (towards the Botanical Garden) from the food court. That place is packed with goodies. So if you guys are looking for kitchenware, maybe make a trip out of it.

                                      1. re: birdsandtogs

                                        Parking should be much easier here than at the Golden Mall. The rent has gotta be a lot cheaper too than for any stall at the New World Mall so hopefully they'll survive.

                                        I'm more interested in bicycle parking and Savor Fusion should be fine. I'm looking forward to trying everything here when I'm back in NY.

                                        1. re: el jefe

                                          Golden Mall was even tougher for parking - I guess I can park at the muni lot but it's always full. I just park at the private parking lot on Sanford Ave, south of Main when I have to go to that area.

                                          There's actually a parking lot in the back but I'm not sure if that lot is for Savor Fusion patrons. I know that Maple Garden (Shanghainese restaurant next to East) patrons can park there for free.

                                          If it's really tough to find parking I just park by the Botanical Garden and walk. It's not that far; maybe a 5-10 min walk.

                                  2. re: Peter Cuce

                                    Yikes! gotta get out there this weekend, then! Dying to try the fried chicken. Thanks for the restaurant supply tip. Between that and the Patel Bros, I can totally justify my second trip from brooklyn to flushing in a week.
                                    Do you think this food court will completely close like the roosevelt food court?

                                    1. re: missmasala

                                      This weekend might not be the best time to go. Chinese New Year is on Monday. I saw a sign that said the resto supply store would be closed from Jan. 23-27. The food court should be open.

                                2. re: Peter Cuce

                                  So it's Stall #1 in the back that is run by people from Hubei? Do they also do noodles?

                                  I've been looking for Hubei food in NYC for awhile now... :) Heading there to try it soon.

                                  1. re: CitySpoonful

                                    They do offer noodles as well as dumplings, but not till lunchtime.

                                    Dave Cook

                            2. re: bolletje

                              I loved the chicken itself, and the rice with pork sauce that came with it was excellent, but I could have lived without the rest of the platter.

                              The three treasure dumplings (I assume that's what I've been ordering off their English menu as "dumpling with three mixed meats") are indeed great and made to order. Any other recs from Sister Zhu? What's that "vegetarian Chinese burrito type thing" called on her menu?

                              I really hope this mall succeeds.

                              1. re: craig_g

                                hey! The veggie chinese burrito thing...don't know what it's called. It is light yellow, the size of a small burrito and you can find it displayed behind the counter to the left of Sister Zhu's stall. There is a man who seems to make them and he also makes little scallion egg omelet things. I think it costs $2.50? Crazy cheap for how delicious it is.

                                I can't wait to get back to this place.

                                1. re: bolletje

                                  I believe that's the same stall that has the delicious, cheap chicken wings, something like 50 cents each. It must be stall #6.

                                2. re: bolletje

                                  Which stall has the amazing burrito-like vegetarian snack? Must try this!!

                                  1. re: CitySpoonful

                                    I went back last night and I ate a Chinese burrito. They are sold at the stand to the left of Sister Zhu and the proprietor is a man. The burritos are depicted in this blog post:


                                    I also ate gorgeous fried pork dumplings from the Hubei dumpling stand and bought a bag of frozen ones. Got an appetizer plate of the salt and pepper chicken from the Taiwanese stall and shared a cumin lamb wrap with my friend. Holy crap was that thing good, lamb was insanely tender and delicious, the wrapper was super fresh and tasty. Overall, Savor Fusion is probably my favorite place in Flushing. I have yet to eat anything there that was terrible and most of it has been anywhere from good to phenomenal.

                                    1. re: bolletje

                                      I am eating some dumplings I bought frozen from the Hubei people, due to the language barrier I got pork with cabbage when I would have preferred the three treasure dumplings. However, these are very delicious, they are very juicy and fresh tasting, fresh ginger, the cabbage isn't stringy and there are no unpleasant mystery bits in the pork filling. The skin is chewy and tender and has flavor of it's own. These are definitely my favorite dumplings in the city right now.

                                      1. re: bolletje

                                        Any idea of the name of the stall with the Chinese burrito?

                                        Looking forward to scoring a bag of frozen dumplings to take home from the Hubei folks. :)

                            3. Finally made the trek to Savor Fusion last night. It was well worth the rainy shlog!

                              First, my favs: the VEG DUMPLINGS (boiled) from the Steamed Dumplings stall at the very back. (You have to ask for these -- they're not on the posted menu.) My god those are simply amazing -- fresh greens, scrambled egg and garlic. No cheap filler material (cabbage, glass noodles) here. Even the meat-eaters raved about these dumplings. I think these may be the best I've ever found (in NYC). I took home a bag of 50 frozen dumplings for $12.

                              The dumpling guys also make a great steamed VEG BUN -- soft, fluffy dough and a filling of mostly scrambled egg w/flecks of greens and LOTS of ginger. Again, no cheap filler material and rockin' flavor!

                              We also tried two of the dumpling guys' cold side dishes (vegetarian).

                              The RAW SHREDDED POTATO & CARROT dish was light and refreshing; simple flavors with a mild tanginess from some sort of white vinegar and mild zing from the fresh cilantro tossed into the mix. We took the advice of the man at the counter and added several spoons of the hot sauce, which also had some anise-y, fermented soy action going on. Very nice.

                              The COLD TOFU & PRESERVED EGG dish was also tasty. The tofu itself was soft, and the bits of preserved egg added a pleasantly funky edge. The other flavors in this dish came from the liberal use of fresh cilantro and the sesame oil and vinegar (Zhenjiang?) that the man at the counter added when he served this up for us. (The vinegar had that same balsamic-y bite that the dumpling dipping sauce at Uncle Zhou's had -- it worked really well with the sweet, nutty sesame oil.)

                              The RAW CABBAGE & CARROTS (cold dish in a spicy/tangy sauce) from the stall to the left of Sister Zhu's Sichuan stall might have been my fav' vegetarian dish of the night (aside from those rockin' dumplings). It wasn't on the menu; I asked the English-speaking man running the steamer if he had any vegetarian recommendations, and this was it. I was skeptical when he pointed to the container of plain cabbage & carrots, but he promised to add a spicy sauce. Not only was it pleasantly spicy (just enough kick but not too much) it was also mildly tangy (some kind of vinegar I don't think I've had -- with a sweet-ish edge) and fragrant from the bay leaf and perhaps other spices (peppercorns, coriander?)? Great flavors that I wouldn't have expected from Chinese cooking.

                              This same stand also sells the "CHINESE BURRITOS" that other hounds have raved about, so we were excited to try that. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The fillings were the usual "filler": carrots, cabbage, thin noodles (similar to Vietnamese bun), cilantro and small pieces of tofu. But where was the flavor? It was like one of those mild Singaporean stir-fried noodles dishes (i.e., vaguely sweet but otherwise no distinct flavors) stuffed inside a spongy rice crepe (that's my best guess re: what the wrapper was). Was there some sort of amazing sauce that we missed that would've saved the day?

                              The TOFU, BOILED PEANUTS & CELERY (cold dish) from Sister Zhu's Sichuan stall was also popular at our table (thanks to Miss Masala for picking it out!). The flavors were complex and hard to pick out, but there was definitely some Sichuan peppercorn action going on in there, which lent the dish an intensely fragrant, almost floral flavor. I would definitely order this again!

                              The EGG & TOMATO NOODLE SOUP from the Henan stall is vegetarian, but both meat-eaters and vegetarians raved about it. The broth had egg blended in, making it rich and creamy. I'm also willing to bet that there was maybe a dash of curry powder added for extra flavor. So this soup was distinctly different from the version Uncle Zhou's serves. Otherwise, the ingredients were simple and fresh -- and they worked really well together: bok choy, cooked tomato slices, beautiful thick noodles, and a fried egg on top. And did I mention that the noodles for this soup were made fresh on the spot after we placed our order -- hot damn! They were perfectly cooked, too.

                              The VEG HAND-PULLED NOODLES from the noodle specialist stall (next to the Steamed Dumpling stand in the very back) was nothing amazing, but it was light and flavorful (and it's one of the few vegetarian soup options in the entire food court). This had a mild broth and lots of fresh bok choy. The noodles hit the spot -- springy and well-cooked.

                              Among the less raved-about dishes of the night were several cold dishes from the Shanghai stall near the door, including a very dense WHEAT GLUTEN W/WOOD EAR dish, PRESSED TOFU W/BELL PEPPERS, and SPICY TOFU SKIN. All pretty eh, unfortunately (especially the spicy tofu skin, which was tough and flavorless!). However, I should point out that our meat-eaters seemed to really enjoy the cold PIG EAR dish from the same Shanghai stall.

                              The GREEN BEAN CONGEE from the dumplings stall was also pretty eh -- though I think we are partially at fault for not knowing what toppings to add here. Basically it was a plain bowl of rice porridge with some whole moong lentils floating in the mix. Clearly this is the carb-protein base for flavorful add-ons -- but what?

                              The GAU BAO from the Taiwanese stall also seemed to be a disappointment (judging from Miss Masala's reaction; I didn't try it), as was the FRIED CHICKEN from that same stall. But the square of CONGEALED BLOOD that came w/the chicken drew raves from others, who said it had amazing flavor. (The TEA EGG was also really flavorful.)

                              We also tried some "WRAPS" from the Henan stall that were not great, unfortunately. I can't speak to the LAMB "WRAP" since I didn't try it -- though I can say that nobody seemed excited about it. The VEG WRAP was basically a grocery store wheat tortilla (ugh) stuffed with lightly sauteed cabbage (85%) and a few carrots (15%). The flavor was pretty non-existent -- vaguely sweet, if anything. Not tasty.

                              For dessert, we tried some sort of PEANUT BUTTER-STUFFED LAYERED PASTRY -- but I'm not sure which stand that came from (either the Henan stand, or one directly adjacent to it). It was great !-- not too sweet; would've been perfect for breakfast w/a cup of coffee.

                              We also tried the BIRD'S NEST, a posted special (the counter-man was kind enough to translate for us) at the Taiwanese stall. This was some kind of clear mushroom floating in a warm, mildly sweet broth (like what you might get with soft tofu at dim sum, but without the ginger). It was soothing and hit the spot.

                              (If you're curious to see photos of some of these dishes, they're posted here:


                              Savor Fusion
                              42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

                              12 Replies
                                1. re: Peter Cuce

                                  You called it re: those awesome dumplings.

                                2. re: CitySpoonful

                                  looks good, i love cold tofu and preserved egg

                                  1. re: CitySpoonful

                                    Thank you for highlighting the vegetarian options! I have relied on the veg Chinese restaurants in Flushing, altho I always wanted to try the food at the stalls. Your review has given me the confidence and information to do so.
                                    Cannot thank you enough!

                                    1. re: mrsdebdav

                                      Yes indeed, it is almost always possible to find at least one veggie option in Flushing restos. In particular, I've had some great vegetarian meals at Little Pepper, Fu Run, Spicy & Tasty, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, and ALL the food courts (Golden, New World, Flushing, Savor Fusion).

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

                                      Fu Run
                                      40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

                                      Spicy & Tasty
                                      39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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

                                      Little Pepper
                                      18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

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

                                      Savor Fusion
                                      42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

                                      1. re: CitySpoonful

                                        I am surprised you didn't like the veggie burrito. I love them and I am not a vegetarian. I do put sauce on them, I take them home and dip them in hoisin. If I eat them at Savor Fusion, I usually put some of the spicy sauce from the dumpling stall on it because I always get dumplings too ;)

                                      2. re: mrsdebdav

                                        Add my thanks to City Spoonful. I'm also a vegetarian who loves ferreting out the pleasures in omnivore-land, and took the challenge for a wonderful long bike ride on a gorgeous day last week out to Flushing. Had a fantastic time at Savor Fusion, never getting beyond the Steam Dumpling stall in the back. Seriously wonderful vegetable dumplings, cold tofu and preserved egg, and shredded potato and carrots with chili oil. The folks working there seemed to have very limited English speaking skills, and yet were entirely gracious and lovely. We worked it out.

                                        Have to go back soon to expand my exploration there!

                                        1. re: round2

                                          Yes, the folks at the Steam Dumplings stall were amazingly gracious and patient with my total lack of Mandarin skills (I should've at least learned the word for "vegetarian" by now...!)

                                          1. re: CitySpoonful

                                            I recently had the dumplings at that stall and loved them, though we ate meat filled dumplings - boiled pork and cabbage, and we got the lamb dumplings fried. Both were amazing. I look forward to going back to Savor Fusion and trying more food there!

                                      3. re: CitySpoonful

                                        The peanut-butter pastry comes from the Tianjin stall, which does indeed do its best business in the morning. I'm not sure how they translate the name of this pastry, shown below in biteaway view, but the words "peanut butter" and a buck twenty-five should seal the deal.

                                        Thanks for the writeup; more to try!

                                        Dave Cook

                                        1. re: DaveCook

                                          Dave, thanks for filling in the missing information re: that excellent peanut butter pastry. It should not be allowed to linger in obscurity.

                                        2. re: CitySpoonful

                                          That bun was a peanut butter delight. The sesame bun was dry and lackluster.
                                          (Both from the stall just to the right of the burrito/crepe stall).