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Fat Boy Homestyle Cooking in Flushing

I'd have to sample more dishes before calling it stellar but what I had was solid homestyle fare with friendly service. No lunch specials I’m afraid. Their dumplings are 10 for $6.00. They have 14 cold dishes starting at $5.95. Six soups for $5.00. Entrées start at $8.95.

Sep 18, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

Fat Boy Homestyle Cooking in Flushing

The exterior signage boldly says Da Jing Hong Asian Food but red and yellow Chinese characters declare that this restaurant is known as Fat Boy Homestyle Cooking. (胖孩家常菜 - pàng hái jiā cháng cài). Look for the generic image of a roly-poly White fellow holding a pizza.

Fat Boy refers to friendly Chef Zhai Tao (翟涛 - Zhái Tāo) formerly of Henan Feng Wei on 41st Avenue. He left there about 18 months ago to open up this place and says that Da Jing Hong Asian Food is the English name of the incorporated business. There are about nine tables with 52 seats. The ambiance is better than Henan Feng Wei (and Spicy Village in Manhattan) and the menu is much broader.

The menu (in English and Chinese) provides both Henan favorites and Northern dishes. (Their handy take-out menu features important phone numbers for Traffic Violations, the Marriage License Bureau and Public Housing Applications among others).

A group of us settled into one of the two large round tables and ordered the following:

Sautéed Chicken Tripe with Hot Peppers
Red Cooked Tofu
Whole Fresh Steamed Tilapia
Big Plate Chicken
Stir-Fried Lettuce (misspelled “Lecture” on the menu).
Wok Vegetables
Dumplings with Pork and Cabbage

Standouts were the Red Cooked Tofu, Steamed Tilapia, Sautéed Chicken Tripe with Hot Peppers and Big Plate Chicken.

This was based on one visit and I’d like to return to explore more of the menu – especially their casseroles – they feature some 15 on the menu, including Short Rib, Beef Stew and Braised Fish with Napa Cabbage and Roasted Chilies. Some House Specials include Big Northern Casserole (北方大砂鍋 bēi fāng dà shā guō), Chinese Yams with Sausage (淮山小炒 huái shān xiǎo chǎo) and Steamed Pork Belly with Pickled Mustard Greens (梅菜扣肉 méi cài kòu ròu).

Fat Boy Homestyle Cooking / Da Jing Hong Asian Food
40-26 Union Street (between Roosevelt and 41st Avenues)
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel: 718-353-2816
Open everyday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

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Sep 18, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

Full House Cafe--Dim Sum Alternative in Chinatown

Full House is now Flaming Kitchen.

Sep 17, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan

Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

Thanks Dave - Michael is from Fuzhou BTW.

Sep 17, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

Sep 17, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

Taking a trip to Flushing

I've already provided the chowhound link above.

Sep 17, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

Taking a trip to Flushing

Here's Lau's April report:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/971940

Plenty of supermarkets to choose from. Here's a start:

New World Mall - lower level/ground floor has a large Chinese grocery store.
136-20 Roosevelt Ave (at Main St.),
Flushing, NY 11354,

Hong Kong Supermarket
3711 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354

JMart
136-20 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

Sep 17, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

Thanks Chris - an excellent primer with mouth-watering photos.

Sep 15, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

Dumpling Galaxy
42-35 Main Street (at Franklin Avenue)
Flushing, NY 11355
Tel: 718-461-0808

Open everyday from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm

Serious Eats:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/be...

Website:
http://www.dumplinggalaxy.com/

A good friend and reliable Chinese food maven, Wonder Ace, stopped in yesterday and tried four types of dumplings:

“I tried Lamb with Green Squash, Octopus, Duck with Mushrooms and Tofu. The dumplings were very fresh tasting and well prepared. The Lamb with Green Squash was the favorite.

I also tried two non-dumpling dishes: Water Spinach with Preserved Tofu Sauce and Beef with Peppers. Both were tasty.

It's inside a shiny new shopping mall. The decor is clean and modern, kind of a like a modern airport food court (think Jet Blue terminal at JFK). Dumpling Galaxy is a Dongbei restaurant that specializes in dumplings. It has a lot of the usual Dongbei specialties. Except for the Lamb Dumplings, their flavor was generally on the mild side, but still very good. They have one big table that can hold 8 to 12. I am ready to return any time.”

Sounds like a strong addition to Flushing food scene indeed.

Sep 15, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs
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Hong Kong - What area to stay in that is close to best restaurants?

Hongkong is very small and transportation is world class - no need to be confused about anything.

Sep 15, 2014
scoopG in China & Southeast Asia

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

I think you are perhaps making it more complicated than it is. Think of China like Europe. While the different languages of Europe drove them apart, creating separate countries, in China they were able to unite under different languages. The empire slowly expanded - with cultures and "barbarians" that were on their borders slowly being assimilated. Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history - any blimp or bump by the Communists is but a mere sideshow - 20-30 years out of 3,000.

Sep 12, 2014
scoopG in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

LiamF - Mao's legacy lies elsewhere I am afraid. Reformer is not the word that comes to any historian's mind when discussing Mao's post 1949 leadership. In general the Chinese were pretty well occupied with other matters in the 1960's. Namely the deaths of about 25 million+ due to famine and failed agricultural policies as well as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that Mao unleashed in 1966 - because he was losing his grip on power. Many more millions (10, 15?) died then too.

"How much actual traditional medical practice made its way into the reformed 'traditional Chinese medicine'?"
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I don't follow this.

Actually, there are some 55 "recognized" ethnic groups in China today.

Han of course is the dominate culture - but they were ruled by foreigners (Jurchen, Khitan, Mongols, Manchu etc) for long periods of time who ultimately adopted Han ways.

Uyghurs are a very special case - once with their own empire. A Qing Dynasty land-grab there, as well as in Tibet has proved troublesome for China ever since.

Sep 11, 2014
scoopG in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

So-called MD/Ph.D. His real name is? And he has published scientific papers in top peer-reviewed journals like Nature etc..?
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ETA - David Gorski?

So the guy has a "science blog." I want to see the scholarship.

Sep 11, 2014
scoopG in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

A lot of 'traditional Chinese medicine' is a modern invention dating to the 1960s. This is due to a push by Mao Tse Tung to 'unify' Chinese medicine.
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This is total and utter nonsense. You are citing the blog post of some anonymous Orac? Who is getting his/her information from where?

Chinese herbal medicine dates to at least the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).

But let’s just look closer at one period of ancient Chinese history: the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE).

Read Sinologist Edward H. Schafer’s seminal work, “The Golden Peaches of Samarkand.” (University of California Press; Berkeley, 1963). Especially Chapter 11 on “Drugs” pp. 176-194.

Emperor Xuan Zong (玄宗) issued a decree in 735 establishing public hospitals in the capital of Chang’an. The Tang penal code required that a doctor follow ancient Chinese “recipe books and official herbs strictly.”

Numerous books on medicine and pharmacology were written just in the Tang, most of them building on earlier works. A “wealth of pharmacological literature was available, new and old” to the Chinese druggist. The first Chinese treatise on Ophthalmology appeared.

The Chinese had already established three types of drugs: superior, middle and inferior. Superior drugs like cinnabar, azurite and gingseng “lightened the body and lengthened life.” Middle drugs were tonics and disease resistant, like “orpiment, realgar, sulphur and ginger.” Inferior drugs (some poisonous) were used solely to cure sickness. Some of these drugs were ocher, ceruse, peach seeds etc.

Schafer details how special imperial herb gardens in the capital were set aside to provide the palace with needed medicines. There were two heads of the imperial court pharmacy who were responsible for the diagnosis, prescription and compounding - all under the supervision of "the highest councilors of state and the commander of the guard."

There is much more of course but full discloure has its limits.

Sep 11, 2014
scoopG in General Topics
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北方美食 - New northern Chinese in Chinatown

Sep 11, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan
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Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

Update: One of our group felt Lian Won's Eel on Rice Casserole was better than First House Garden. Another got the same casserole to go and it did have a crispy bottom layer.

Sep 09, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan

October in Hong Kong

You have been given plenty of information, yet keep asking for more. Do you do any research on these boards on your own?

Sep 09, 2014
scoopG in China & Southeast Asia

October in Hong Kong

My husband is asking for a great steak dinner and also an Italian restaurant for one dinner.
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You were given recs for Italian on the linked thread above - the one where you asked the same question only last year.

Sep 09, 2014
scoopG in China & Southeast Asia

Mission Chinese Food

Danny Bowien has plans to re-open at 171 East Broadway.

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2014/09/...

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/201...

Sep 08, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan
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Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

I look forward to your report.

Sep 08, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan

Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

First House Garden(興華第一家 - xīng huá dì yī jiā)
81 Chrystie Street (between Grand and Hester Streets)
New York, NY 10001

Tel: 212-219-8868
Open seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm.

Checked this place out – it’s a solid Cantonese newcomer across from the Sara D. Roosevelt Park. They opened last May and feature some Taishan specialties. Taishan is a “county-level” city in southern Guangdong and home to America’s first Chinese immigrants.

In all nine dishes were ordered. We started by selecting a live grouper and crab from one of the several aquariums they have. My notes are not as detailed as they should be - we were a festive group and the dishes came out quickly. Service was prompt and very attentive. They also offer over 40 lunch specials from 11 am to 3:30 pm – all from $5.50 to $7.50 (for the Lamb with Bean Curd Sticks).

Taishan Yellow Eel on Rice – this signature Taishan dish takes pride of place at First House Garden. It is served in three different sizes: Small ($20), Medium ($30) and Large ($40). The rice is first cooked halfway before being mixed with pre-cooked eel in a clay or stone pot. The pot is then fired up to finish cooking the rice. Eel broth is then served separately. While it’s a better version (more eel) than Lian Won’s in Bensonhurst it lacked the crispy bottom found there.

Yangjiang Tofu ( 陽江 Yángjiāng). Yangjiang is a city along the South China Sea, about 100 miles from Taishan. Here, homemade tofu was braised in a delicious pumpkin sauce.

Roast Crispy Chicken with Minced Garlic – we wanted to order the special Home-style Duck but they were out. This proved to be an excellent substitution. (I can’t compare it to Café Hong Kong’s version.) The chicken was moist and juicy with a crispy skin.

Whole Fresh Grouper Two Ways – the meat of the grouper was served in one dish with peanuts while the skin and some of the bones were served up in another dish.

Bringing up the rear: Hearts of Bok Choy, sautéed with garlic; Mushrooms in Stone Bowl, served piping hot; Watercress in Broth; Fresh Crab with Chili (best to eat this dish last) and House Special Rice Noodles with Seafood.

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Sep 08, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan in Bensonhurst: you are dead to me

I assumed swannee was talking about the original HK of GS in Flushing and not this Bensonhurst branch.

Here's the original CH review from four years ago....
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708325

Sep 08, 2014
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

October in Hong Kong

Weren't you just here in March for Peking Duck?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896288

What about the hundreds of recs from your 2013 trip? Did you ever report back on that trip?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886382

Sep 07, 2014
scoopG in China & Southeast Asia

Thanksgiving Manhattan NYC

Sep 06, 2014
scoopG in Manhattan

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Wow! We have become so self-entitled now that we think we can get wedding hosts to cater to our individual dietary requirements.

New US Chef Postage Stamps Available for Pre-Order Now

Sep 03, 2014
scoopG in Food Media & News

More Authentic Chinese Food in Champaign IL Than The Entire San Fernando Valley?

Any reason you are leaving out Urbana?

The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, popularly known as Champaign-Urbana with a population of 124,000.

The Illini website claims a population of 180,000 while wiki says the entire entire metro area is 232,000.

Sep 03, 2014
scoopG in Los Angeles Area

New US Chef Postage Stamps Available for Pre-Order Now

The five stamps (honoring Beard, Chen, Child, Lewis and Rojas-Lombardi) will be issued in a pane of 20. Beard, Chen, Child and Lewis were contemporaries, so it makes sense for the USPS to honor them together.

Sep 02, 2014
scoopG in Food Media & News

New US Chef Postage Stamps Available for Pre-Order Now

According to Linn’s: the U.S. Postal Service removed the names of the honorees and information for four of the five chefs from its website after Linn's story appeared online! I wonder what the fuss is about for a new stamp issue only three weeks away. The first day of issue is Sep. 26th from Chicago.

Sep 02, 2014
scoopG in Food Media & News

Sadness

Indeed. Welcome back jfood!

Aug 29, 2014
scoopG in Site Talk
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