Chinese: where can I find these dishes?
Just returned from China. I had some fantastic food that I hope I can find here. Most notably:
1. Had an epic meal at a hotel restaurant in Chaoyang (up north in Liaoning Province) where a standout dish was shrimp on skewers with red peppers. The red peppers where fried until dry and crispy. It was hot but not too hot for me (I don't have a lot of tolerance for too much heat). Generally curious about northern Chinese cuisine.
2. Also north: ate at a famous dumpling restaurant in Shenyang. Looking for great dumplings in NYC. Also looking for a wonderful tea they had at that restaurant: a beautiful combination of loose tea, flowers, spices and a lump of sugar sitting in the bottom of the covered tea cup. The waiter came by with a hot water pitcher with a spout that must have been 5' long and poured water into our cups -- didn't miss once.
3. Ate in the muslim neighborhood in Xi'an. Loved the spicy skewers of lamb, and the soup with some lamb flavor, but which was also made with rye bread, which imparted a nice flavor.
Have only scratched the surface of Chinese cuisine. Eager to try it all! Thanks in advance.
How cool, I was just in Xi'an for a few days in late October. My hotel was right by the Muslim section and I ate several meals there.. The lamb skewars are pretty common just walking down the street in Flushing. can't help you with the lamb flavor soup with rye, though I had something with caraway in it at Henan Flavor..
These mentions of rye bread and caraway intrigue me. I have had plenty of cumin in muslim and northern Chinese cuisine, but never any rye bread or caraway. Does anyone have any knowledge of how these foods are used in chinese cooking and the history behind them? Would love to hear about it.
And what was the dish with caraway in it at Henan Flavor? Is Henan Flavor the Henan place in Manhattan's chinatown?
Flushing has at least four Manchurian (Northeastern China) restaurants:
Jiang Li – Northern/Manchurian:
Not Manchurian but they have good dumplings and other dishes...
40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354
14009 Cherry Ave, Queens, NY 11355
42-85 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
4418 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355
Henan Feng Wei
136-31 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355
2. There are tons of good dumpling places in Manhattan, but they are almost all take-out only places with minimal seating.
3. Xi'an Famous Foods! They have 3 locations in Manhattan and one in Flushing. Also, there is a lamb skewer guy with a cart near the Manhattan Bridge underpass area of Chinatown.
Xi'an Famous Foods
41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
i agree with pravit about limited seating spaces in nyc dumpling houses. however, i would definitely try venessa's dumpling house or prosperity dumpling house in chinatown. so so cheap and delicious. when you're there, be sure to also order a sesame pancake--it's unlike any other sesame pancake you've had, it's more like a warm sandwich in crusty sesame pizza bread filled with veggies, duck, pork...it's impossible to describe, just get one!
agree with scoopG - you're only going to really find what you want in flushing
#2: there are alot of good dumpling places in flushing, like white bear, but they are probably going to be quite different than the dumplings you're talking about
here's a decent rundown on flushing (w/ dumpling recs):
- cumin skewers: there are alot of xinjiang bbq skewer places in flushing, i like the right in front of the chase bank that is on main street and i think 39th ave. they've got skewers with cumin
- lamp soup: there is the famous lamb noodle soup place
I think the tea is called ba bao cha (eight treasures tea)? IIRC, that tea originated from the Hui Minority in Yunnan. They should sell that tea at Ten Ren.
I remember drinking it a few times in China. There are actually tea pouring competitions all over the place over there. Alas, the few times I had that tea I didn't have anyone close to competing. There was hot water all over the table, with many apologies from the staff. I was having so much fun watching them try to pour water with that 5 foot long tea spout that I didn't really care if they missed the mark.
Can't help you with #1, sorry. But there are tons of Dongbei restaurants in Flushing. I had something vaguely similar a month or two ago. It was quail with red peppers. They fried dried red peppers and quail till crisp then stir fried them together with Sichuan peppercorns, some cumin, green onions and garlic. They then drizzled the quail with some kind of sweet syrup. It was very tasty, but probably not what you had in Chaoyang. Man, I am now jonesing for that dish.
Hope you're successful with your search, and please report back if you are. I would love to try that lamb soup with rye bread.