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Best Northern Chinese food in Flushing

AubWah Dec 30, 2012 06:29 PM

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?

  1. scoopG Dec 31, 2012 04:16 AM

    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
      Peter Cuce Dec 31, 2012 05:12 AM

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

      1. re: Peter Cuce
        AubWah Dec 31, 2012 06:09 AM

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

        1. re: AubWah
          Polecat Dec 31, 2012 08:28 AM

          It's just you.

          1. re: AubWah
            Peter Cuce Dec 31, 2012 08:52 AM

            Sorry, but what does that even mean?

            1. re: AubWah
              diprey11 Dec 31, 2012 01:40 PM

              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 baidu.com afterwards. Definitely not a good sign!

              1. re: diprey11
                AubWah Dec 31, 2012 01:48 PM

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

                1. re: AubWah
                  diprey11 Dec 31, 2012 01:52 PM

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

                  1. re: diprey11
                    AubWah Dec 31, 2012 04:52 PM

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

                    1. re: AubWah
                      Peter Cuce Jan 3, 2013 07:29 AM

                      So why would you post that comment on this thread?

                2. re: diprey11
                  scoopG Jan 1, 2013 01:41 PM

                  You have to be careful even of "Chefs" :


              2. re: Peter Cuce
                scoopG Jan 1, 2013 01:46 PM

                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
                  Pan Jan 3, 2013 02:22 AM

                  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
                    scoopG Jan 3, 2013 03:52 AM

                    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.

            2. Peter Cuce Dec 30, 2012 10:27 PM

              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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_China), 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 (http://flic.kr/s/aHsjumfaUg) across from Lao Dong Bei on Kissena, and Spicy Road (http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuwYU7E), 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.

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