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What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Amongst the cold dishes, there is a braised tofu dish - listed on the menu as something along the lines of mock chicken - that's very nice. The sliced beef with "spicy sauce" (not spicy at all, actually) is also a winner.
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Apr 07, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Thai Town East Crawl

An eatfest to be sure. I can't say that's my thing - my stomach would be doing handstands after about two of those stops - but you capture a very exciting food scene that continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

I consider myself lucky to be a short distance away from Elmhurst, so I can hit up these places on a regular basis. It's great to see some more specialization happening, such as Pata Paplean, Plant Love House and the Hainanese Chicken joint. I'd love to see a wok-fried noodle place open up, along the lines of the Pok Pok Pad Thai place. I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen, sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, thanks for the nice writeup and photos, and have an antacid tablet, on me.

P.

Mar 20, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Street Foods in Queens

The Chinese skewer vendor, who is sometimes on the corner of Bway and Whitney in Elmhurst, serves up my favorite street food of this kind right now.

She's always in a baseball cap and army pants and,when she's there, she's there well into the night.

Her fat-on, bone-on pork chops on a stick are a sight to behold.
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Mar 07, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

Thanks for this post.
Had the Authentic Guilin today, the one listed last on the menu, broth on the side. Springy toothsome rice noodles topped with crispy, fatty pork - delicious and crispy like a rind or fried wonton - thin-sliced "pot roast" (like a dark roast beef with the same texture as beef brisket in pho), scallions, roasted nuts and pickled veggies. Naturally, lots of mixing required to get a bit of everything with each slurpfull. Lots of strong, savory flavor, at its best when the nuts mix in with the veggies. I found this to be more filling than Pooki did, but then perhaps he had less toppings(?). Overall, this has a unique taste and aura compared with other neighborhood options and makes for a good contrast with, say, the ja jiang Mian at Joyfull Yummy House or take-your-pick at Xian/Biang.

I'm looking forward to trying the smoked fish guilin bowl.

Thanks again, Pooki, for another excellent Flushing find.

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Feb 20, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs
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Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

Glad to see Teado mentioned. Not too thrilled about the inclusion of Fay Da.
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Feb 17, 2015
Polecat in Manhattan

Asian Taste 86 in Elmhurst--Mostly Indonesian

Can't say I fully agree. Although my last visit was in summer of 2014, the Kwey Tiao Jakarta I had at JV was very good.

Agree completely about Asian Taste. Have had some good dishes there. Have also not been since last year.

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Feb 13, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Liang's Kitchen - Closed?

I'll miss the big wall photos of the WW2 tiger fighter planes, as well as the TV always showing food shows.
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Feb 04, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Liang's Kitchen - Closed?

I also liked the location and will miss this place.

Re Ok Ryan, referenced above, tried a few decent noodle dishes, but nothing spectacular.

Across the street from Ryan, hard by the trestle, is the underrated Catherine Bakery. They do good small tea cookies.

Catherine is, perhaps, Ryan's better half....

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Feb 04, 2015
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Family Day in Flushing...Looking for Baked Char Siu Boa and Bakery Recommendations.

Tried a good pot of tea at Prince Tea House the other day. Their cakes and pastries looked good. I'll be returning soon to try them.

This sit-down place is a nice alternative for tea and dessert other than chain bakeries and food courts.

It's also pleasantly off the beaten path, on Prince, near the corner of 37th.

I've also liked the Dan tat at New Flushing, but have found that the crust often gives way and can't hold under the weight of the filling. I go for Portuguese style

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Dec 29, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Plant Love House - The New Elmhurst Thai spot with the delicious Nom Tok Noodle Soup, plants and an overall groovy feeling

Plant Love House is the newest Thai restaurant in a neighborhood where they seem to cropping up faster and more frequently than ever before.

The Thai name, according to at least one Yelp review, is something more overtly romantic, or even, dare I say, sexual. I’d noticed PLH a few weekends ago, while strolling the hood. It opened in the crooked narrow storefront, on Whitney Avenue, formerly occupied by the Himalayan joint and, before that, two hand-pulled noodle and dumpling places. On that day, there appeared to be more actual plants in the window. Today, there was only one, a large standing potted number just inside the doorway. On the door are written several house rules, printed in block letters right on the glass, all stuff about loving and living in peace and harmony with one another. Okay by me.

The limited menu is printed on paper, with specials written in funky lettering on a blackboard. They did a nice job of decorating the place, and creating a nice, open space for dining. I remember it was much more cramped when Lao Bei Feng occupied this spot. Now it’s downright airy, bright, even flowery.

When I walked in, at around 1pm yesterday, the staff of four women were eating their lunch, and I was the only customer. I ordered the Nom Tok noodle soup, printed in English as “Pork Blood noodle soup.” They offer a small bowl for five bucks ($4.95), but you can pay three dollars more for the bigger portion, as I did. I also opted for a small bowl of pork cracklings, which cost an additional two dollars.

I’ve had my share of nom tok noodles soup, at several venues, and a lot of it has been good, damn good even. Pye Boat Noodle and Zabb Elee come to mind as places that do this dish well. Plant Love House’s bowl, though, might be the best I’ve had yet. It certainly was the spiciest - no contest there. The broth’s heat, in addition to lip and tongue- searing, also cleared my sinuses. I dared not reach for the condiments rack, and that's a first. To be honest, the heat was a notch or two above my comfort zone. But the overall flavor balance – sour, sweet, a tad savory – in addition to the spice, truly won out. Rounding out the proceedings were, of course, thin rice noodles, slices of pork, especially flavorful pork meatballs and a crunchy, green leafy vegetable. Add in those pork cracklings, and you have a party going into the wee hours. Once they hit that broth, I could actually hear them popping. The first thought that came to my mind was rice krispies with milk added, but then, reminded of that firey heat, I couldn’t help but wonder if the cracklings weren’t crying for help.

Overall, this is a first-rate noodles -in -soup dish, a terrific mix of full, balanced flavor and texture. The refreshing house-made longan juice cooled me down. Early Yelp reviews of this joint – there are about five right now – are positive; they talk as much or more about some of PLH’s dessert specials as they do about the main menu items.

Plant Love House has what I'd estimate to be about ten to fifteen menu items right now, centering on noodles and salads/yums. In keeping with a very positive and encouraging trend, they are emphasizing a few down-to-earth dishes over the types of mega-menus we've become accustomed to in more full-on restaurants. The chefs cook what they know, the staff is very nice and helpful, everybody's happy, and, needless to say, there's lots of love in the room.

I see myself returning here soon.

Credit where it's due. Joe D got here before me.
Here's his writeup:http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2014/1...

As always, there's Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/plant-love-ho...

Plant Love House
86-08 Whitney Ave
New York, NY 11373
718-565-2010

Dec 06, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Chowhound lunch at Zabb Elee in Queens

The dark beef noodle soup, also known as Nom Tok, is one of my favorite Thai dishes.

These guys and Pye Boat Noodle do a very good job.

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Nov 19, 2014
Polecat in Manhattan

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

The pumpkin mochi with black sesame is terrific. This is no knock on the food to say that they're what I came away craving and remembering after 2 visits.

They're that good.

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Nov 17, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Have had and enjoyed Chao Thai's version, at both locations. Chicken is especially fall-off-the-bone tender.

Looking forward to trying this place

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Nov 13, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (Flushing)....Any Better Successors?

I work a short drive from Nan Bei Ho, which is supposed to be linked to the long-departed Flushing original. It is Taiwanese.

I've eaten there and/or gotten take-out about half a dozen times since they opened, about three to four years ago. The first dish I had there, a braised sliced fish, showed promise.

Since then I've had a slew of forgettable Taiwanese specialties, including a rolled beef pancake that was greasy as hell.

I love this kind of food, and would be going there much more often if these guys did a better job.

P.

Nov 07, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Little Pepper Hot Pot Closed!!!!???

The place is now called Hot Kitchen Sichuan Style (in English, anyway), and has a more extensive menu I believe.

I've now been here twice.

The first time it was to try the Qong Quing Spicy Noodles, which weren't bad. I'd been craving both soup noodles and the ma la flavor, and this delivered both, along with a generous helping of beef slices. The beefy broth was spiced up with chili oil. On the whole, good, not great.

When my wife saw the photo, she had to try it, so I returned with her and tried the shredded pork with peppers. Again, nothing to shout about, but okay. I've had better.

To put this in perspective:
1. I tried two dishes. There are many more.
2. This is Flushing. That means that Spicy & Tasty, Chen Du Tian Fu and Lao Ma Ma La Tang, not to mention many others, are right around the corner. If this place were in Forest Hills, I'd already be shouting from the rooftops about how great it is.

P.

Nov 07, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

New food court in Flushing

" Nothing new & exciting caught my eye."

This was my impression as well. Upon first glance, the New York Food Court, right down to the name and decor, is pretty much a carbon copy of the New World, but with less variety.

There's tons of noodle joints, some Sichuan, liang pi, bing, hot pot, etc - they're going with the tried and true.

I hit up Stall #7, Lao Si Ji (the English name: Chicken Noodle), and got the House Special Chicken Noodle Soup with hearts and livers. The noodles were hand-pulled and tasted exactly like Lan Zhou and a million other places. The organ meats added very little.

On Friday at about lunch time, the court was about three quarters full, so I don't think there will be a foot traffic problem. People can park and shop nearby at Sky Foods, then be here in minutes. The Taiwanese noodle and fried chicken/pork chop specialist - I think it was stall #8, with a cartoon steer lit by neon, was doing the most business.

I might eventually hit up the "Crispy Pancake" specialist. It's about the third stall on the right as you walk in, #3 I believe. They're still setting up and might be open by tomorrow.

P.

Nov 07, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

E-Pie in Flushing: Sweet, Savory Xianbing and More from Eastern China

Believe everything you've heard about the beef xianbing. Upon first bite, juice shoots out of the other end at light speed in a jet stream. It's like a cheap parlor trick. I was working a conference at the Sheraton, and couldn't chance stains. Just try addressing potential clients and fellow professionals with beef xianbing all over yourself. Unless you have a towel-sized bib handy, keep this thing at arm's length at all times. From start to finish, juice drips every which way. The beef is very moist and has a strong, savory flavor. I also had a red bean pie, which, I agree, is decent but no more.

I took my own advice and downed my E-Pies at the Bland Playground with a cup of strong coffee. Just me, the pidgeons, a few early morning workers, a straight-on view of the Long Island Rail Road and savory beef juice running up my sleeves.

I ask you, is there any other way to dine?

P.

Oct 24, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs
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Mama Lee: Taiwanese in Bayside

Haven't been to Gu Shine in ages.

I wouldn't go here ahead of Liang's or Main Street Imperial, but Mama Lee's is certainly better than Nan Bei Ho, which is just up the street.

Back when that place opened, I had a very good sliced fish dish. Everything I've had since has been lackluster and mediocre.
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Oct 22, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Mama Lee: Taiwanese in Bayside

I work nearby and like Mama Lee a lot. She's a nice, charming lady who makes you feel good to be on the premises.

I wish I like the food as much as I like the chef/hostess. So far I've found it to be decent, certainly better than Chinese takeout and such, but not nearly as good as Yelp reports indicate.
3-Cup Chicken is boneless chicken over rice with a subtle flavor. Ok but not nearly as good as, say, Liangs' version in Flushing.

I had something there a few weeks ago, can't even remember what it was but, again, decent not great.

Here's the thing: she served me a complimentary small pork bone soup that was terrific, with a deep broth and fall-off-the-bone meat. When I asked her where it was on the menu, ML reied that it wasn't, that she just felt like cooking it that day. That soup was eons better than anything I've had off the menu thus far.

Hope you find something there you like and report back.

I root for a place like this.

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Oct 22, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Wok fried broad noodles

Give it a shot. Hardly typical of what you'll get at Makaysian joints in NYC, but in my opinion better, spicier and more sinful.
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Oct 21, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Wok fried broad noodles

Try the Jakarta-style spicy Kwei Tiao @ Java Village in Elmhurst.
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Oct 20, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

E-Pie in Flushing: Sweet, Savory Xianbing and More from Eastern China

Or the beautiful playground right next to the scenic, plush Bland Housing Project.

Oct 16, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Taking a trip to Flushing

Ok good to know and my bad. By Noodle House do you mean the place whose English name translates to "You Get The Jjajang-I'll Get The Jjambong?"

Had their Jjambong once and liked it.

We like Guh Song and the Flushing Chinese House the best.

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Oct 02, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Taking a trip to Flushing

Wow. That's news to me. We've been to a whole bunch of these places, my wife is Korean, and she's asked.

We'll just have to give it another go, perhaps be more forceful.

Thanks for the info.
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Sep 22, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Taking a trip to Flushing

Re Chinese House, yeah, they're good.
To date they're the only Korean-Chinese I know of that will give you the ying-yang bowl: half-ja jjiang/half-jjambong. This solves the messy, traumatic dilemma of which one to get.
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Sep 22, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Caribbean/West Indian food in Queens

I work with several Jamaicans who swear by The Door. Am looking to hit it up soon.
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Sep 09, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Looks like El Sitio in Woodside is done?

RIP.

Will miss stopping in for a cafe con leche and sitting at the counter.

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Sep 09, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Recommended cold dishes at Kung Fu:

Sliced beef w/ "spicy" sauce
Wine chicken
Marinated tofu sliced

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Sep 07, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Sky Cafe - Indonesian in Elmhurst.

Behold the Kari Bihun.
No trick photography here; it's as good as it looks.

Eat. Enjoy. Repeat.

P.

Jul 27, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs

Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

Also, Pata Paplean, the funky little bar next door to Tea Cup, serves up some formidable noodle soups on the weekends. 4 bucks each. One bowl's a snack, two's a meal. The tom yum is excellent.
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Jul 11, 2014
Polecat in Outer Boroughs