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SN New Restaurant Replaces M&T in Flushing - Same Qingdao Flavors

scoopG Feb 29, 2012 02:20 PM

New owner, same menu with the same chefs with Qingdao chops delivering some great, unique dishes. An added plus is that the place is tidied up – I loved Mei and James but at times it looked like the Collyer brothers had taken over the front end. Upon seating they still serve Laoshan tea as in days of old.

Appetizers sampled were the Smoked Fish and Spicy Chicken Hearts that they kindly combined on one plate. The Smoked Fish was delicious and while there were a few pieces of the Chicken Hearts unevenly cooked, they were nicely spiced.

Sea Cucumber with Elbow was next up. Here the pork shoulder was a savory melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness contrasted by the texture of the sea cucumber. Spicy Qingdao Intestines was ample – perfectly seasoned with a little kick. We ordered one dish of the Chinese Specials on the wall: Lifelong Happiness and Perfect Harmony. (百年好合 - Bǎi nián hǎo hé). Wishing newlyweds (or friends at the Lunar New Year) “lifelong happiness and perfect harmony” is an old Chinese custom. Here, White and Black Tree Ears, Pea Pods and Red Bell Peppers were simply stir-fried. A little bland – perhaps best served with a multitudinous meal.

We saw a fish delivered to a party of six and decided to order that too and were glad we did. Three pieces of yellow fish were quickly pan-fried then braised in stock, star anise, garlic, ginger and a few scallions; then topped with cilantro. Fried Corncakes were brought to the table for which to dip into the braising liquid. Do that quickly before they turn rock-hard. It reminded one dining companion of Mămăligă from her Romanian hometown. It all reminded me of earlier meals here.

Slideshow:
https://picasaweb.google.com/100446449829763315847/SNNewRestaurantFlushingNY?authkey=Gv1sRgCI_q_LW535Ge4gE#slideshow/5713110641065851586

Mămăligă:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%83m...

SN New Restaurant
44-09 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11355
Tel: 718-539-4100

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SN New Restaurant
44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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    AubWah Mar 3, 2012 05:17 AM

    is the braised yellowfish on menu in english?

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    1. re: AubWah
      scoopG Mar 5, 2012 05:41 AM

      Yes - it was called Boss Fish on the menu.

      1. re: AubWah
        scoopG Mar 5, 2012 09:59 AM

        #26 on their pink take-out menu. Meierti Boss Fish(美而特老板魚 Měi ér tè lǎo bǎn yú).

      2. erica Mar 3, 2012 03:42 AM

        Thanks yet again for your diligent reporting, Scoop.

        Those corncakes do sound a tad more interesting than the lumpy and bland mamaliga that I was used to as a child!

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          AubWah Feb 29, 2012 04:46 PM

          Very cool thanks for sharing. The chicken heart and smoked fish appetizer and braised yellow fish look best to me.

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            scoopG Mar 1, 2012 02:14 PM

            Did you ever eat at M&T? Same menu really.

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              AubWah Mar 1, 2012 03:07 PM

              I got the cucumber and pig face salad as takeout once, I loved it

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                AubWah Mar 1, 2012 04:42 PM

                Is it same owners? Same guys in kitchen?

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                  scoopG Mar 2, 2012 10:32 AM

                  New owner - same guys in the kitchen.

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                    AubWah Mar 2, 2012 05:09 PM

                    Very cool I want to check it out if I could ever get anyone to go with me

                    1. re: AubWah
                      Peter Cuce Mar 2, 2012 06:25 PM

                      Shoot me an email.

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