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Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

Thanks for the recommendation of the cumin fried lamb. Got it last night and it was the big hit. I've had I think Szechuan versions of this that are much drier, with smaller bits of lamb, the size and texture of clam strips. This was slices of lamb and very tender, more like it was just quickly stir fried or maybe even cooked in liquid. Fantastic.

The crispy rabbit is covered in Szechuan peppercorns and dried peppers. The little bones may annoy some people, but it was tasty to snack on, shared with a group.

The rest was usual great stuff-- the bok choy and mushrooms, lamb dumplings, spicy beef knife shaved noodles. Stuffed four people for about $50 total, plus beers from the corner store across the street-- which store, I noticed, sells fresh rabbit and duck as well as fresh chicken in about 7 or 8 varieties that I didn't understand.

Definitely restored my faith in Uncle Zhou after a so-so ma po tofu last time. And Zhou himself was as hospitable as ever.

May 08, 2012
SaminJH in Outer Boroughs

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

Yup, the nourishing outside the waist lamb was cut the same way, too.

May 27, 2011
SaminJH in Outer Boroughs

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

Thanks for the translation Joe!

Yes, his English is fine, but weirdly I couldn't quite muster the courage just to say "testicles" or point to my own, even while eating the balls. Next time I think I'll try the dumplings--also the cumin lamb sounds good.

May 27, 2011
SaminJH in Outer Boroughs

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

No, no funny looks, either from the waitress or from Uncle Zhou himself, who was very friendly and came over to talk. I tried to clarify with him by making a gesture and saying, "lamb balls?" --a kind of cupping gesture, like a doctor might make during an exam. Not sure that this got through the language barrier, but his response was, "Yes! Lamb balls!"

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Uncle Zhou
83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

May 27, 2011
SaminJH in Outer Boroughs

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

Can anyone translate A3, "lamb ball hand-drawn noodle"? Not knowing the cuisine, I was expecting something like meatballs and think it was testes. Mild flavored, off-white spongy meat attached to little bits of skin.

Soup was pretty mild, too maybe what wew calls dull and muted, maybe people looking for spice should try another dish. But the subtle flavor grew on me after a few condiments, and maybe it was best as the flavor of the lamb balls was also pretty subtle. Enjoyed this place a lot and will definitely go back to try some of the specials next time.

May 27, 2011
SaminJH in Outer Boroughs