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Flushing Ramen suggestions for this fine fall day

... I wrote a huge post and somehow closed Google Chrome... and I'm too lazy to rewrite the whole thing, so I'll keep it short and simple!

Kissena and Holly, half a block farther from Roosevelt, there's a small Fujian restaurant called T&T (天天福州小吃)。 It's down an alley and it can be hard to find but it's just north of the parking lot of Golden City. Peanut noodles are quite good, so is most of their other stuff. Dumplings and wontons are both standouts. It's cheap, dive-y and great for a lunch or a snack. You will probably need to point as most of them only speak Mandarin and Fujianese.

In the Golden Mall, there are two:

Lanzhou Handmade Noodle (蘭州拉麵) are wildly popular. Often, there's a struggle for seats. Definitely a top it's-Tuesday-night-and-I-am-too-tired-to-cook spot.

Lamb Noodle Soup (滋補羊肉燴面) is quite good. The sign says "Lamb Noodle Soup."

I'm sure others can point you to better places. I know Biang! is popular, as is Xi'an (across the way from Lanzhou's), but I've only eaten at each once and left disappointed, so I'm not sure. There's also Korean noodles like jajangmyeon around, though I can't really point you in any particular direction with those. Szechuan restaurants will all have their dan dan noodles, but again, can't give any suggestions. Browse the threads for places like Lao Cheng Du and Little Pepper if you're interested in those. There are quite long back and forths over the restaurants.

Oct 03, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Flushing Ramen suggestions for this fine fall day

Forget the ramen! Here in Flushing, we have noodles galore!

Sep 30, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

What happened to the food stand under the LIRR in Flushing?

I got a few looks when I walked by with a friend and saw it had closed, bringing a shout from me. My friend (a local Chinese speaking foodie) told me the rent had become too high for the owner and so he was giving up the lease, but did not know if they were reopening elsewhere or under a new owner.

Can't confirm other than what he said. Either way, it's probably a loss for commuters. My friend, a worker in the restaurant industry of Flushing, told me to expect more of that as many of the mom and pops are being priced out as soon as their leases run up. 唉! 

Sep 30, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Current Best-of-everything in or Near Jackson Heights.

Do you prefer Chao or Ayada?

Jul 25, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Burmese Restaurants? (Thingyan put me in the mood!)

Thanks for the info! Not sure how I missed that post.

Jul 22, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Burmese Restaurants? (Thingyan put me in the mood!)

Are there any Burmese restaurants or places that have a few Burmese items on the menu in Queens? Went to the 2013 Thingyan this afternoon and I'm already drooling for some more shan noodles. They were pretty awesome, with chili and lahpet along some other goodies.

Not sure I've ever seen lahpet on any menus in Queens, but I remember seeing that someplace was selling Burmese items at a Thai restaurant in Flushing. Can't seem to find the post now!

Jul 21, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Little Pepper College Point

I have gotten the shrimp dishes twice and both times they were quite good. Wouldn't say they're the best things on the menu but they never have that fishy taste that seems to go hand in hand with shrimp at many Main Street joints.

Jul 06, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

LIC Food and Flea

Pretty much agree. Was nice to walk around but the only thing I splurged on were pickles - though that didn't feel much like a splurge! They packed them in tight! Great horseradish pickles if you like horseradish from the guys in the back. I was going to get something at the Butcher Bar stand to see how it compared to the restaurant but I decided not to when I saw the prices.

I don't think it was overly hipster nor did it seem to be heading in that direction! LIC hipsters in general seem far friendlier and more "real" than the Williamsburg Flea bunch. Then again, as a bearded man who goes to flea markets in LIC, maybe I count as one? (no, not at all, I swear! I'm a total nerd and I'm nowhere near funky enough to be called hipster!)

Maybe because Queens > Brooklyn...? *ehem*

Jun 17, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sun, May 26

Hey, I'll forgive you for talking about my baby sister like that since you told me about the bazaar! :P

We got there around 11:30 and it was crowded, though not terribly so. I had to wait on line longer last year. We were pretty disappointed after the great food from last time.

The satay in the southwest where we went last year was not ready yet so we got an order from the northwest corner table right at the entrance. It was very fatty and had quite a bit of gristle in both the beef and chicken. The peanut sauce was OK but just OK. At $5 and $7, it wasn't all that great a deal either!

The satay in the northwest corner, which I have had before, was better but was not as good as last time. They pulled it right off the grill and put it onto a plate but it was still pretty close to room temperature. Peanut sauce was far better and they included the rice cakes with around the same number of sticks for $5 each (both beef and chicken - I forget which was $7 at the other stand). Definitely better than the other table but definitely not as good as last time.

The rendang in the northeast corner manned by three men and one young woman was as delicious as last time. $7 still wasn't a great deal but ah well. I was tempted to try the other food at their table but I was out of cash and my dining partners weren't thrilled with anything but the rendang so weren't willing to cough up some more.

Would coming earlier result in better food in your opinion? I thought the satay was superb last time in the southwest so I was pretty surprised that it was so cold- last time it was piping hot! Were there any tables that were big standouts for anybody else?

May 26, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sun, May 26

Looking forward to it! Went last October (when it poured!) with my family and I believe it was the first time I had ever seen my baby sister really enjoy the food I drag her along to try. I barely got a bite of rendang once she tasted it!

May 26, 2013
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Now! - Burmese Food in Queens: Myanmar Baptist Church Food & Fun Fair

I thought the music was pretty good! Couple of guitars were in every song and they were decent, rotating singers who went from eh to impressive.

Oct 14, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Now! - Burmese Food in Queens: Myanmar Baptist Church Food & Fun Fair

Just got back! Great food. Pastor came over and said hello, asked us how we had found out. Sorry to say he said we missed most of the food. Did manage to try the fritters, shan noodles and tea leaves, which were the things I wanted to try, so all good in the end. It was mostly empty by the time we got there. Music was loud but nice, though I enjoy Asian music in general.

Shan noodles were delicious, would like to find a place that sells them! $5 for them. The tea leave salad was $5 as well, I enjoyed them but I wasn't crazy about them, however I grew up with zero fish in my diet and I'm just starting to get used to it so could very well be amazing and I just didn't understand their brilliance yet(though I enjoyed it anyway). Fritters were ok, fried stuffs. Sauce they came with was delicious so if anybody knows what it's called, please let me know!

The people were amazingly friendly. Two women came up to me and asked me to try their food, pastor came, few other people came and welcomed us. Very nice.

Highly suggest going if you see it next time. Thanks for the head's up, round2.

Oct 13, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Now! - Burmese Food in Queens: Myanmar Baptist Church Food & Fun Fair

Oh man, I had forgotten as I was in Brooklyn this morning. Thanks for the reminder, on my way now! Looking forward to trying it after trying out the Indonesian mosque's bazaar last weekend. Woo food fests!

Oct 13, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

We brought the fried goods home, weren't big fans. Quite doughy, I thought. Maybe I went to a bad table?

Ah, thanks for the recipe! I'll have to try making it at home. Who cares about health! ;) (I kid - watch your heart, everybody!)

I liked the standing tent, too, though in the end the three people I was with split into three teams and went to a tent then ran to the car and ate in the back.

I was there around 11.30 and the only people in the back were some ladies selling the celon and a few women behind a couple of boxes. Wasn't sure what they were selling but didn't seem to be food as there was no line or anything.

Oct 07, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Quite rainy but it was nice. Make sure you're assertive when ordering! I was standing at the satay stand for awhile alongside another white male before another Indonesian customer told us how to order in Indonesian, which got us a dish quickly.

Big fan of the rendang from the back stall with three young gentlemen behind the counter, $7, and the chicken satay. Bakso soup was good but a bit boring to me as I was looking for some more exotic things and it was more like chicken meatballs in a chicken broth.

We got a few fried goodies: tempeh, veggie fritter, some sort of fish thing, and I'd just avoid those. Not very interesting. Maybe they were out of the fryer for too long?

Cenol was ok, bit sweet for my tastes. If you like Indian mithai, you'd probably like this, too. Worms are kinda fun, like bubble tea. Regret not getting a ginger coffee but it slipped my mind.

Anybody see the gado gado? I couldn't figure out which stall was selling it!

Good stuff, though. Can't wait till next year's, will be on the lookout for gado gado until then.

Oct 07, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Haha, good luck on figuring out the humor, I guess. I imagine it happens a lot!

Good to hear it's rain or shine. See you all on Sunday!

Oct 06, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Wow! Wasn't aware it got that crowded. I'll be sure to get there early then! Thanks for the heads up. Been dying to try some of this gado gado I keep hearing about!

Sep 30, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

That's great to hear! I've been following chow for awhile just in the hopes of seeing an announcement of the bazaar in time! Thanks for the heads up.

Out of curiosity, does it typically close at a particular time? (aka, is dinner alright or should I be planning to get there for lunch?)

EDIT: Ah, sorry, just noticed the times in Dave's post. Whoops!

Sep 29, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Where To Get Above Average Whole Bean Decaf in Queens?

Checked Cafe De Cupping, no coffee beans out that I saw. Might be able to ask but doesn't seem like it.

Sep 25, 2012
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs

Bacon, Apple, and Blue Cheese Omelet

I doubled the bacon and added some mushrooms and still thought it was a bit lacking in filling so I would probably add some more cheese and apple next time and throw in a few bell mushrooms just to make it a bit heartier.

I liked the apple with the blue cheese, nice recipe.

Nov 09, 2011
Wildman496 in Recipes

Hunan in North Flushing

Sounds delicious! Thanks for the review, will definitely be going down after reading this.

Sep 21, 2011
Wildman496 in Outer Boroughs