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Dec 30, 2012 06:29 PM

Best Northern Chinese food in Flushing

I know of Fu Run, Yi Lan Halal, Rural, Lao Dong Bei, Golden Palace...I'm sure there are a dozen others.

Favorite Northern Chinese dishes?

My experience is limited. I love the Tianjin dumplings. Is Wenzhou considered north?

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  1. First of all, the spots you mention are all Northeastern Chinese and Northeast China covers a large area that includes three provinces and five optional Inner Mongolian prefectures (, so choosing dishes across this realm might not necessarily be helpful unless we can deduce what specific cuisine each restaurant is attempting to produce. Or possibly I am wrong and this is a valid endeavor.

    Either way, maybe someone has this information? Otherwise perhaps it would be best to focus on favorite dishes per restaurant. Any thoughts?

    Wenzhou is a Southeastern city.

    Some other spots are Jiang Li ( across from Lao Dong Bei on Kissena, and Spicy Road (, down by the Queens Botanical Garden on Main St, which has since changed its Chinese name from Tianjin Beijing to Four Seas or somesuch (四海居).

    One wrinkle to consider is the fact that there are at least 10 and possibly 20 or more Yanbian restaurants in Flushing. Yanbian is a Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin province, which is one of three provinces mentioned above that comprise Northeast China. I'm not sure if you wanted to include these in your survey or not.

    1. I think Peter has answered it all. (I now prefer the term Manchurian over Northeast or Dongbei). Any good Manchurian restaurant will have a wide variety of dumplings, particularly with pickled cabbage.

      Here's more on Jiang Li and Rifu/Yanbian:

      Jiang Li:

      Rifu and Yanbian:

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      1. re: scoopG

        Thanks Scoop. That's interesting about the terminology. Why is that your preference?

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          Maybe it's just me, but a lot of these places seem like glorified triad social clubs.

            1. re: AubWah

              Sorry, but what does that even mean?

              1. re: AubWah

                Must be true.

                I have been to a restaurant lately where thuggish-looking Chinese patrons kowtowed in front of a buttoned-up bald gentleman and addressed him reverently as 邪惡博士. I found his pictures on afterwards. Definitely not a good sign!

                1. re: diprey11

                  I feel like every time I go out to eat in flushing, every other word I overhear is 'dai Lo'

                  1. re: AubWah

                    Just like that? in Cantonese in a Manchu restaurant?
                    Do they also ask you if you want massage?

                    1. re: diprey11

                      Forgive me, I was referring to my experiences in Cantonese restaurants. As I said, my experience with manchurian is limited

                      1. re: AubWah

                        So why would you post that comment on this thread?

                2. re: Peter Cuce

                  Peter, since 1949, Beijing has been working hard to erase the history and memory of Manchuria and the Manchus. Once about two million of them ruled an empire of 350 million!

                  1. re: scoopG

                    But Manchus are a small minority of the population of Dongbei. I think Dongbei or "Northeastern China" are more accurate terms because they're geographic and encompass all the diversity of the people who live there.

                    1. re: Pan

                      It's the place name. 92% of China is Han Chinese and minority areas like Tibet, Xinjiang and Manchuria have been systematically populated with Han since the 1950's.