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New Restaurant on Northern Blvd: Daheen Wong Mandoo Lines Out the Door!

ZenFoodist Nov 11, 2011 03:38 PM

Anyone been yet? It's been open for a little over a week. It closes early at about 6:30pm and opens at about 8am...There are lines out the door. Just mandoo and red bean buns.

153-24 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354
Neigh
(718) 321-2007

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Daheen Wong Mandoo
153-24 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

  1. Polecat Dec 8, 2011 03:08 PM

    Went back today - yet another long line at around 2:30 in the afternoon, but it moved fast. They definitely had their act together today.

    According to the wall menu, they also now have kimchi mandoo, which means another visit is imminent.

    P.

    1. Polecat Dec 1, 2011 06:40 PM

      If you see these buns on the street, give them a wide berth. They're enormous. I wouldn't turn my back on them either. They remind me, in terms of gerth, of the nikumon I used to get in Yokohama's Chinatown. I had the red bean today - took home about 4, each in their own little baggies. Right out of the steamer, this thing yielded great pleasure. I especially liked the bun, which had its' own flavor. The red bean filling was rich and weighty, not too sweet and, imagine this, had whole red beans in there. Naturally, the sooner you eat these puppies, the better. Even 40 minutes later, they're not quite as good.

      As for the joint, they strike me as being nice but not having their act together. At 3:40pm today, there was a sizeable line snaking around the counter. Some woman was giving out little slips with numbers on them, seemingly for no reason as no one's number was getting called and everyone seemed to be standing around with confused looks on their faces. It seemed as if people were getting served at random, based on who wanted what or what bun was ready. I got served quickly but it struck me as dumb luck. Anyhow, they seem nice in there, and I definitely want to try the wong mandoo, but I'll make a point of not going there unless I have the time to wait. At least until these guys get a system going.

      P.

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      Daheen Wong Mandoo
      153-24 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

      1. coasts Nov 29, 2011 04:04 AM

        just saw the newsletter article about Daheen. i tried it last week - first the red bean, as it was the only one available, and then the pork one. the bun itself is near perfect. they're light and airy, but still chewy. the red bean filling is fairly typical - good, but not special. the pork filling didn't work for me. it was overly seasoned with black pepper, making that the only thing you taste.

        at $2 a piece, it's no wonder this place sells out quickly. patrons are limited to five apiece, so don't overextend your offer to pick up a lot for a big group.

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        1. re: coasts
          ZenFoodist Nov 29, 2011 08:03 AM

          What newsletter article?

          1. re: ZenFoodist
            coasts Nov 29, 2011 09:04 AM

            The weekly or monthly chowhound newsletter. You'll want to find it. You got name-dropped! I'll link to it tonight from home.

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              coasts Nov 29, 2011 06:37 PM

              http://i.imgur.com/7u9Ih.png

              best i could do for you...a screenshot of the email from my phone...

              funny, i had one of my posts used in a newsletter, also. the restaurant was just a few blocks from Daheen - Bangane (Bang Ga Ne). so it goes.

              1. re: coasts
                ZenFoodist Nov 30, 2011 05:40 AM

                Cool. Back in the pre buyout Chowhound days, I subscribed to a similar newsletter. How do I subscribe to this one? I threw it into the search box and nothing came up. Many thanks, lisa

                1. re: ZenFoodist
                  The Chowhound Team Nov 30, 2011 06:31 AM

                  You can find the New York City Digest at http://www.chow.com/digest/new-york-city/

                  You can subscribe to the newsletters by visiting your profile (just click on your username in this thread) and then going to 'Settings' and 'Newsletters' or by using this link: http://www.chow.com/newsletters

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                    Lau Nov 30, 2011 07:10 AM

                    haha i never noticed this thing before, im on this thing alot

                    1. re: Lau
                      The Chowhound Team Nov 30, 2011 07:23 AM

                      There's a link up in the top Nav bar that says "Digest" which you can use if you lose track of the URL.

              2. re: ZenFoodist
                squid kun Dec 4, 2011 06:29 PM

                Hi ZenFoodist - Yes, your mandoo intel made the latest NY Digest - http://www.chow.com/digest/98725/jumbo-korean-dumplings-well-worth-a-wait/ - which I write under one of my many ever-shifting aliases. (Kidding. Just two.)

                Always glad to hear news from your corner of Queens, which is under-covered. Back in the day, I recall a rich thread on Northern Blvd. Korean food where you and "Linda" were the main sources. Together you shared an amazing trove of tips from the nabe, more helpful and houndish than any other media rundown I saw at the time. (The thread and some of the eateries survive: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/247773 . The ChowNews recap does not; wasn't online back then.)

                Anyway, as an avid eater as well as Chow ed, I really appreciate the fresh info from you and everyone else who contributes so generously here. We're often ahead of (and picked up by) other, larger media outlets, which says something about the quality and timeliness of Chowhound info.

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              Lau Nov 15, 2011 02:59 PM

              ohhh sounds good, ill have to try, i love wang mandoo, but i havent been able to find a good version in NY

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                lwong Nov 12, 2011 09:30 PM

                We happened to be shopping at the Korean supermarket a block from the “Daheen Wong Mandoo” store this evening and thought we would check out the “Daheen” store that had numerous people milling around outside the store.

                This was at 5:30 PM and when we went inside the store, we were told that all of the “Mandoo” and “Red Bean Buns” were sold out already to the waiting people milling inside the store.

                From the phenomenon of the store selling out by 5:30 PM, the assumption is that the “Mandoo” and “Red Bean buns” must either taste very good or the owners had grossly underestimated the customer demand.

                The store was still steaming the “Red Bean Buns” at the steamer stations in the front of the store and the buns appeared to be quite thin skinned and full of red bean. One customer told us that the “Red Bean Buns” were just a little sweet and quite good tasting.

                We overheard an Indian customer state how disappointed he was that everything was sold out as he had driven in from Long Island to try the “Mandoo” and “Red Bean Buns.”

                Imagine that, a Korean “Mom and Pop” store selling just two items has spread it’s reputation all the way out onto Long Island already in just one week!

                Must remember to come around on another day to try the “Mandoo” and “Red Bean Buns.”

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                1. re: lwong
                  ZenFoodist Nov 13, 2011 07:41 AM

                  LOL. I must have missed you by SECONDS, LWONG. :) I live a few blocks away on 158th near Bowne Park and walk past this place each day on my morning stroll. There has been a non stop line since Opening Day. My husband is there right now at 10:30 am getting us some for take out. I'll report back. We are HUGE fans of the palce to the right: Book Chang Dol. Great pajun, pan chan, and awesome kimchee-tofu jigae. We are there a lot. Bon Juk to the left is also good.

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                  Book Chang Dong
                  15222 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

                  Bonjuk
                  152-26 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

                  1. re: ZenFoodist
                    erica Nov 13, 2011 11:11 AM

                    ZF: Can you tell me the exact address of the place you like a lot? Is it book Chang Dol or Book Chang Dong?

                    Thanks.

                    1. re: ZenFoodist
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                      lwong Nov 13, 2011 08:32 PM

                      Or we may have serenely passed each other in front of “Daheen Wong Mandoo,” since neither of us wears Chowhound nametags with our handles “Lwong” and “Zenfoodist.” And remember our New Yorker cartoon where one can be anyone they want to be on the Internet.

                      But the next time we are in front of “Daheen Wong Mandoo,” we will be especially be on the lookout for a woman with small “mofungo-sized” diamond earrings, although if you had “knuckle sized diamond earrings” we would be able to identify you immediately. (LOL)

                      Thanks for the information about the two Korean restaurants. We will have to try them.

                      P.S. For Erica: According to Yelp ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/book-chang-do... ) the restaurant “Book Chang Dong” is at 152-22 Northern Blvd, hence our guess is that Zenfoodist did indeed mean “Book Chang Dong,” and “BonJuk” is immediately to the left of “Book Chang Dong,” as a Google/Bing search did not bring up any information about a restaurant named “Book Chang Dol.”

                      1. re: lwong
                        ZenFoodist Nov 14, 2011 08:53 AM

                        Hey LWong :)

                        FYI: These days I am sporting macaron-sized pear studs! As I grow chubbier the need for larger jewelry grows as well....LOL

                        My husband got there at about 10:00 am on Sunday morning and the lines were fairly long. He likened the proprietor to the Soup Nazi as everyone was limited to 5 hwang mandoo per order. No arguing.

                        They were delish. Stuufed with ground pork and scallions, a tiny bit spicy. Big steamed carby-goodness! Our chow pup got two and Paul and I had one and a half. We're such generous parents....hahaha

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                          lwong Nov 14, 2011 11:56 PM

                          Well, we can see that the Year of the Rabbit has been exceedingly good to the Zenfoodist family, if you are now sporting “macaron sized pear stud” diamond earrings!

                          And yes, the Zenfoodist family is definitely generous parents in giving your Chowpup 40% of the “Mandoo’s” and sacrificing their proper share of the hard gotten “Mandoo’s.”

                          Although after confessing about your “chubbier” physicality, you may want to forswear eating any more “Mandoo’s” and “Red Bean Buns” for the interim until a proper slimmer silhouette is achieved again. And this will leave more “Mandoos” and “Red Bean Buns” for other customers!

                          Mmmm, from your “Soup Nazi” description about “Daheen,” it appears that we will have to be on our best behavior when we line up at “Daheen” in the future.

                          Best Wishes to the Zenfoodist family for the many upcoming holidays and the Chowpup’s 8th birthday party celebration.

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