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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.