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Mekong Pho in North Flushing Adds Dim Sum Nan "Xiang Xiao Long Bao- Inspired" Annex

ZenFoodist Apr 29, 2013 06:16 AM

Went to the soft opening of Mekong's new NanXiang Xiao Long Bao- inspired place right here in the Duane Reade shopping center on Northern and 156th Street. Looks very promising. All our favorite Chinese cold dishes plus a great assortment of dim sum. Alas, no bahn mi as was the talk two years ago when the owner first got the spot and began renovations. So thrilled to have yet another yummy food spot from the " Danny Meyers" of the Flushing Chinese food world. This is the family that owns Corner 28, Nan Xiang, Canton Gourmet, Green Papaya, and Pho in downtown Flushing. Mekong, their NoFlo Viet spot in the shopping center has been a twice weekly quick lunch/ dinner spot for our family since it opened years ago. Thrilled the empire is growing. Great, people. Fresh, inexpensive food..

 
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    budcar May 5, 2013 01:00 PM

    We had lunch today and the soup buns with crabmeat and pork were on a par with other restaurants in Flushing.

    1. Peter Cuce May 4, 2013 10:39 PM

      I tried the pho and thought it was real good, but the place has a real identity crisis: Vietnamese, Thai & a full menu of Shanghai dim sum stuff + xiao long bao. It's hard to figure out how they can do a good job on all that different stuff.

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        Peter Cuce May 6, 2013 12:16 PM

        I returned again for lunch. This time the pho was merely average, lacking the spicing that made it a little more special the first time around - not terrible, just dull. I also find it odd that they use cilantro instead of Thai basil as an accompaniment.
        We tried a bun dish. The noodles they use are non-standard, a little thicker than they should be, and not only were they chopped into little pieces, which I didn't like, they had a slight chemical aftertaste.
        The pork xiaolongbao are pretty good. Although the top of the wrapper is a little thicker than I prefer, overall it is laudable. The soup is tasty and the meat portion is generous and tender.
        I plan to return one more time and give the Thai dishes a shot, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to visit this place.

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          ZenFoodist May 6, 2013 07:47 PM

          They are ethnic Chinese from Vietnam I believe. The same people from Flushing's Nan Xian XLB, which they also own, are responsible for the XLB at this new annex in the shopping center. They transferred some of their staff for training purposes from what I understand. We stick to the same 5 or 6 items at Mekong and are almost always pleased.

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            wolmania May 14, 2013 03:34 AM

            I thought the crab and soup dumplings were surprisingly good and the beef with tripe very good as well. The pho was merely average. If you are driving park on the other side of Northern. One of the worst parking lots in Queens.

        2. squid kun May 4, 2013 09:26 PM

          Thanks! Took home beef with tripe and spicy bamboo from the cold case - both on target.

          Did Mekong always occupy the "annex" room closer to H-Mart, or did it expand?

           
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          1. re: squid kun
            ZenFoodist May 6, 2013 07:44 PM

            The annex was a Chinese take out place and was then bought by Mekong a couple of years ago. It was boarded up and not used until renovations were completed a few weeks ago.

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