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Stellar Kimchee WangMandoo at Grand Opening of Da Myun in North Flushing

So I'm over Daheen Wang Mandoo. Long Lines. Shortages of product. Clueless staff. Yada yada.

But I've found a superior replacement.

Just checked out the five day old Da Myun on 162nd and 41st Avenue just off of Northern Blvd. Small spot that reminds me of Mandoo Bar on 32nd. Wood tables and votive candles and such a friendly owner/chef. The specialty is homemade traditional noodles and mandoo. And let me say....the noodle dishes that I tried were excellent (cold bibim Kooksu and Dol-Udon) but the mandoo were exceptional.

At 8.95 they were priced a bit higher than some other places, but the perfectly steamed thin skinned dumplings were exquisite and stuffed with a finely diced, very well-seasoned combo of kimchee, veggies and the tiniest bit of ground pork. They might well have been the best wangmandoo I've had in Flushing. And I've had a lot of mandoo....I believe it was six to an order.

Unfortunately the block they are on is under construction. Not the greatest time to open a business there as I know the other places are suffering what with the road closures etc. I wish them well. Their mandoo made my night!

*At the moment they have a 10% off special going on to celebrate their Grand Opening.*

41-10 162 street
flushing, ny 11358
347-368-6557

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Da Myun
41-10 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358

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  1. After reading your report late last night I decided that I had to try it this evening and so headed out there with a friend.
    The menu has one pancake appetizer in addition to the aforementioned mandoo, but of course we chose the latter, and approximately 15 noodle dishes as entrees, out of which I ordered (#3) the Janchi Kooksu and my friend chose a cold noodle dish. We both found our noodle dishes satisfying and tasty, but the mandoo were, as you reported, amazing, with delicate, perfectly cooked wrappers, and chewy, just-cooked-enough kimchi, veggie & pork innards. The six dumplings are giant, look like brains, and are worth every penny.
    I don't know that I'd call it North Flushing though - perhaps East Flushing? Or Murray Hill?
    Thanks for the review!
    Some photos:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/536/sets...

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    Da Myun
    41-10 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358

    1. Lisa,
      You're killing me here. I can't keep up with you. No sooner do I hit Daheen up than you post this. I suggest you invest in your own Wong mandoo phone app. I'd be in.
      Thanks for this as I love kimchi mandoo. I see from Peter's pix that there's seating. What are the other varieties of mandoo? Thanks to you both.
      P

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      1. re: Polecat

        At 39 I still don't drive and so my sense of direction is, admittedly, a bit off. I live a few blocks across Northern a few blocks down (an under 10 minutes walk..) so I figured "North Flushing" which is where I am ;)

        I suppose you know about the newish branch of Ariang that opened up around the corner a few months ago?

        1. re: Polecat

          lol, Polecat :) Alas, just this one variety of mandoo. It's in the appetizer section and as Peter pointed out, there is just one other appetizer, a Haemul-Pajun...I'm going to have those mandoo catered very soon....a huge tray of them. They were THAT good!

        2. I actually just tried out the new Arirang. Excellent house-made noodles but I found the kalguksu broth to be weak. Can get better at home. Will try out the chicken broth next.
          P

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          Arirang
          41-04 163rd St, Queens, NY 11358

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          1. re: Polecat

            Arirang is basically an offshoot of my kitchen ;) The chowpup and I go there all the time. Favorites are the spicy kimchee soup with soojaebee noodles ( hand torn, free form, toothsome beauties!) and the very simple chicken veggie with half kalguksu and half soojaebee...And of course the samgyetang which I believe is the best in NY ( at this particular branch of Arirang)...

            Delicious New Year!

            lisa

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            Arirang
            41-04 163rd St, Queens, NY 11358

            1. re: ZenFoodist

              Have only been to the Manhattan branch prior to visiting this new one, just last week. Their chicken broth is quite good, so I want to give this branch another shot for that. I also love soojaebee.

              The only samgyetang I've had recently is Tang's, up near Francis Lewis. It's good there, too.

              And to you,
              P.

          2. Came here for lunch today.

            We had 3 people, ordered the following:

            We shared one order of the wang mandoo.
            I ordered the haemul kooksu (seafood knife cut noodles)
            Friend ordered the kimchi kooksu
            Said friend's wife ordered a seafood udon since she's not a fan of kooksu.

            The mandoo were by far the dish of the meal. 6 to an order, these dumplings are huge. I'd say 1 of these mandoo are equal to 3 ordinary sized dumplings. Very tasty, with the pork and kimchi chopped up finely.

            The kooksu noodles were fresh and tasty, and the seafood broth was good, not great. The broth was a cloudy fall day color, with seaweed, a couple shrimp, 1 clam and some small shrimp in the broth. All the shrimp were shell on, with heads. The large shrimp and clam were easy enough to eat but the small shrimp I thought were a PITA to eat. Also, I thought the small shrimp didn't do anything for the broth. I would've gladly traded all the small shrimp for 1 extra large one. Also, the broth, while flavorful, didn't appeal to me color-wise.

            The kimchi included in the panchan was great. It was very fresh tasting. The other panchan included pickled radish, a rice ball mixed with sesame seeds that I thought was great, and a sort of cole slaw with carrots, cabbage, slathered with a little mayo. The rice ball and kimchi were the best parts of the panchan. The waiter refilled our kimchi without asking, which was a definite plus.

            All in all, a decent meal. Service was good, the place was clean, and decor was minimalist in design yet tasteful. There was K-pop playing on the stereo. Foodwise, the mandoo was the showstopper. The broth of my haemul kooksu was flavorful and the noodles were good, but it's not something I'd crave for or make a special detour to, especially with so many other choices in Queens. I am looking forward to coming back in the summer and trying the naeng myun with some of those big mandoo and perhaps a pajun but it's just too cold now for it.

            Lastly, they still have the 10% discount. Also, on the Korean menu there's a lunch special that's not written on the English menu. Basically it's the first five noodle soups on the English menu. The lunch special prices are a buck cheaper than the regular priced noodle soups. We didn't specifically say request the lunch specials but they took a buck off anyways.

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            Da Myun
            41-10 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358

            1. Zen, my kids are dumpling lovers and I want to take them here, but not sure what else they can eat.The panchan will be nice but what else? They like kalbi and bulgogi but it does not look like they serve that here. Do they serve any meat, do they have ja jia mein? Tia

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              1. re: stuartlafonda

                Don't recall jajangmyun, which is more of a niche item. But they do have quite a few noodle dishes not all of which are spicy. besides, the people there are very nice - especially the chef/owner - and I expect they'd be more than happy to accommodate kids if at all possible. Worth a try. (On an unrelated note you might make a quick dessert stop at the Colombian bakery across the street and slightly to the north for some pretty incredible pound cake.)

                1. re: burton

                  Burton, not to digress, but do you think that their pound cake is made with an arepa mix thus making it very dense and delicious? Something tells me that this isn't a boring pound cake you're referring to.

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    Very dense and delicious - yes. Quite simple but not at all boring. It's in the classic 'ponque' mold. Can't say I detected anything resembling an arepa texture. I suspect they use lots of eggs...

                    1. re: burton

                      Yummy ... with some nice Colombian coffee. I could never leave a Colombian eatery without trying an arepa and some chorizo Colombiano with lime. Maybe I get lucky and find some Mondongo Colombiano, even better.

              2. No shocker here - Lisa is spot-on again. The kimchi wang mandoo are excellent, with an amazing balance. There's a whole world inside these dumplings; they truly make for a substantial meal in and of themselves. My wife detected the presence of sesame leaves, which are sometimes used for kalbi, and which give the mandoo a fragrant, herbal touch. I'm also a big fan of kook su - have it at home quite a bit. I actually prefer it to kalguksu. These guys do a solid job with it - nice broth, noodles have bite.

                I usually avoid talking about panchan unless the dishes are good, good enough that you'd be tempted to buy them if they weren't free. That's usually not the case. Here they keep the panchan to a minimum, so they're pretty good. One, which I've never had before, is like a cold little riceball torpedo, and was quite good. The kimchi is fresh and decent as well, did the trick. They also serve a pretty good radish salad.

                The space is quite spare but very nice, rustic and modern at the same time, very simple, candles on the tables, very clean bathroom as well. We were the only customers on a Saturday at around 5pm - whole block was like a ghost town, matter of fact. The waiter, who was very nice, said that they're not doing tons of business at this point. The potential for improved foot traffic is pretty good, though, as there are tons of bars in the area and noodles are great post-drinking food, especially in wintertime.

                I urge anyone who's interested to go. These guys are good. Thanks again, Lisa. Another good call.

                The Columbian Bakery across the street is La Amistad Bakery. And, yes, the ultra-moist spongecake is a worthy follow-up.

                P.

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                Da Myun
                41-10 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358

                La Amistad Bakery
                40-37 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358

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                1. re: Polecat

                  We only eat the mandoo there. Everything else is solid and good but the mandoo are great. My waistline is too big at the moment for just "good". :) There are some other new places opening/slated to open in the next few weeks and months in this little area most notably a bahn mi/xiao long bao/bubble tea cafe. I can't wait and will post as soon as the doors open! Happy year of the dragon!

                  1. re: ZenFoodist

                    My kids couldn't wait so we ate there Friday night. The block was dark and empty and the place only had four other customers in the hour we were there. Polecat gave a perfect description of the joint and the food and Burton has the chef/owner pegged. When we ordered two steamers of the mandoo the owner came out introduced himself and after warning us they were very spicy he insisted on making small non spicy dumplings for my 10 year old. He kept a watchful eye on us, sent out a gratis shrimp soup and when we declined his offer of free soda (my kids have never had soda), he sent out a cut up apple for a dessert. The dumplings he made for my son were so good I only got one before my son polished them off. We also had a delicious haemul pajeon. It was not as large as others I have had but was well done with crispy edges and full of seafood. They have a small paper menu with full english translation on the back which was key because the waiter speaks no english. As for the panchan, the pickled radishes were fine, the rice torpedo felt like it was missing something but the cole slaw was excellent. Any idea why we were served warm instead of cold water to drink?
                    For dessert, the bakery was closed so we hit a place called The Bench further east on Northern just west of Fontana. They do crepes, eh. I wouldn't recommend it. Nice looking place but nothing was very good.

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                    Da Myun
                    41-10 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358

                    Cafe Bench
                    194-07 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                      hey stuart,
                      you sure the warm water wasn't barley or corn tea? it's standard stuff at korean restaurants.
                      p.

                      1. re: Polecat

                        I had hot water too. I think it was because it was cold outside.

                        1. re: Polecat

                          Nope, he took it from the water cooler by the kitchen. Do the panchan change? Where in that area, all the way to the Queens line would you suggest I go for bulgogi and kalbi?

                          1. re: stuartlafonda

                            I think if you asked for cold water they would've given you some.

                            Kalbi - The best place IMO is Mapo Galbi across the street from the Murray Hill LIRR station. Their kalbi are cut into chunks from the bone, not cut into strips like most places. They use charcoal, which is a big plus in my book. The meat is tender, juicy , and sweet. At first you taste the slight saltiness from the meat, and then you get the subtle sweet taste. It's awesome.

                            The price per order of kalbi is more than the standard rate but it seems like they give you more meat than a standard order. It's definitely worth slightly higher price. They also give a couple more freebies than the standard Korean restaurant. Last time we received a couple free OBs and a smaller portion of deon jang stew "service." Of course, the steamed egg is complimentary as well.

                            Their grilled fish is not bad, either. Other items (jap chae, pajun, soups) are pretty standard. But the star of the show is definitely the kalbi. Probably the best kalbi I've eaten in New York. If only they used scallions instead of sliced onion as the accompaniment for their kalbi.

                            The waitresses are very nice and are very accommodating as well. I like that place a lot - it has a homey sort of feel like a mom and pop run place, which I prefer over the bigger Korean establishments.

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                            Mapo BBQ
                            149-24 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

                            1. re: birdsandtogs

                              Strong, strong second on Mapo for kalbi - completely agree with birdsandtogs description.

                              For Sam Gyap Sul (or pork belly bbq), my favorite has been Tong Sam Gyup Gui, a few blocks away from Da Myun, hard by the Auburndale LIRR. Haven't been there in a few years, but am definitely in the mood to go back. Check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585453

                              Banchan can change, especially in a new place. Most of the established joints have several free plates, upwards of 8 or 9, most of them not so great and not worth mentioning. Mapo BBQ's roasted corn and egg custard are above average in my opinion. My experience is that when places keep it simple, limit the dishes to 2 or 3, they've been decent. Tang, on Northern Blvd hard by Francis Lewis, for instance, just gives you kimchi drenched with a house sauce, but it's excellent. We've bought to take home, actually. I never expect much from banchan; it is, after all, free. When it's really good, that's gravy.

                              P.

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                              Tong Sam Gyup Gui
                              162-23 Depot Rd, Queens, NY 11358

                              Mapo BBQ
                              149-24 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

                              Tang
                              196-50 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                              1. re: Polecat

                                Third Mapo for kalbi and second Tong Sam Gyap Gui for sam gyap sal (and the spicy pork bulgogi). Mapo is a fairly comfortable, standard setting (despite the gratuitously cheesy magazine cover posters on the wall) with decent service. TSGG is a bit rough and ready - don't expect doting service or much English. Can get fairly rowdy. I like both spots. Also like nearby Bangane on Northern for goat and chicken stews in a homey setting and what surely is some of the best kimchi in all of Queens.

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                                Bangane
                                165-19 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                        2. re: stuartlafonda

                          Some Asian cultures don't drink cold water. It's not uncommon to get hot water in my experience.

                    2. This place is closed. New restaurant in same spot.