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Flushing: NOMS

on July 9, 2011

Nan Xiang Dumpling House @ 3812 Prince St

Charmin Bear T eating duck bun

Charmin Bear T eating duck bun

Charminbear T couldn’t wait to sink her teeth into this Peking duck sandwich our friend Becca introduced us to.

Peking Duck Sandwich Stall - Peking Duck Bun

Peking Duck Sandwich Stall - Peking Duck Bun

Located at Corner 28, though not tucked away since it was a large open window in the store front, one could easily have missed this shop walking by! For just $1, yes! 1 dollar, you can satisfy a bit of your hunger with a bite of this delicious roasted duck sandwich. A few slabs of duck, julienne cucumbers, and hoisin sauce on a steamed rice flour bun is all you need for this cheap eats!

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Crab and Pork Soup Dumplings

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Crab and Pork Soup Dumplings

After satisfying our curiosity on roasted duck buns, the three of us went to eat Shanghai soup dumplings at a popular local restaurant, supposedly the best soup dumplings in Flushing. These soup dumplings were indeed juicy and delectable. Defintely coming back for more! We ordered the crab and soup dumplings. For the price, these 6 dumplings were filled with yummy, fatty and savory soup. From what I’ve read online, this restaurant use to have only 10 tables til they expanded next door. Service was prompt and waitstaff was friendly. Typical Chinese restaurant if you’re not use to what some people would call “rudeness”….

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Spicy Wontons

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Spicy Wontons

Charminbear T ordered something similar to this dish back in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, it did not live up to her expectations. Probably would not order this dish again. It wasn’t even spicy. Wontons were bland. Sauce? soy sauce maybe.

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Scallion Pancake with Sliced Beef

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Scallion Pancake with Sliced Beef

Now this was something new I had to try. Scallion pancake was fried perfectly. Fluffy and golden brown with a hidden gem wrapped inside! Marinated sliced beef! Awesome combination of flavors.

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Pork and Salted Cabbage Noodle Soup

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Pork and Salted Cabbage Noodle Soup

This bowl of noodle soup was such a blunder :( I was so so disappointed that the soup was bland, the noodles were disgusting. Thin and unsubstantial. Was there even salt in there? I wanted it to taste like the bowl of soup from Shanghai Cafe, but it fell really short. This is why I stick to the same dishes, because no two is ever the same.

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Shanghai Style Rice Cakes

Nan Xiang Dumpling House - Shanghai Style Rice Cakes

I was looking forward to the rice cakes. This dish was delicious as well. The rice cakes look smaller in size and it is alot darker – probably more soy sauce. As for the taste, I still prefer the ones from Shanghai Cafe. The one prepared here looks like it had too much oil in it.

Overall, we enjoyed the soup dumplings very much here. I’m sure there are a quite a few gems in this restaurant, but until next time…Flushing is too far for me to trek over.

Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant @ 13330 39th Ave

Asian Jewels - Dim Sum

Asian Jewels - Dim Sum

My sister came to visit and I had to take her to eat dim sum. Asian Jewels is by far, one of the more popular restaurants to go “yum cha” (slang for eating dim sum, but it literally means “drink tea”). From the top – left to right going clockwise: Chicken Feet, pork spare ribs, shrimp dumplings, bean curd pork rolls. People get disgusted with these steam chicken feet. To the older generation of dim sum eaters, chicken feet is a classic dish that should be on the table. it’s just skin! lol. Pork spare ribs are my favorite! So regardless of what dim sum restaurant I go to, spare ribs will always be on the table. “Ha Gao” aka the shrimp dumplings is the second most popular dim sum dish. The first one is “Siu Mai” – little pork dumplings in a wonton wrap. Bean curd wrapped around pork strips, tree ears, black mushrooms, bamboo shoots…delicious!

Asian Jewels - Dim Sum

Asian Jewels - Dim Sum

From the left: Fried dough wrapped in rice noodles, shrimp rice noodles, and garlic peapod stems. I love eating fried dough, or “you tiao”, ever since I was a little girl. Too me, it resembles the soft fluffy part of bread. The fried dough wrapped with rice noodles is called “zha liang”. Rice noodles or “cheong fun” is a popular Cantonese dim sum dish made of wide think rice noodles, stuffed with shrimp, beef, etc. topped with a sweet soy sauce. Pea pod stems are expensive, so it’s not a usual dim sum dish. I got it because I wanted something green and delicious/garlicky.

Asian Jewels - Tofu Pudding

Asian Jewels - Tofu Pudding

Tofu pudding dessert. One of my favorite dishes to end a dim sum meal. However, the kind they serve here is not comparable to the tofu pudding place in Manhattan Chinatown. The tofu wasn’t smooth and silky. It wasn’t even sweet :( Oh wells! I guess it was a bad batch, next time I will give it another shot.

Overall, with 2 people, around 11:30/12 noon, the wait time wasn’t too bad. My sister and I waited around 15 minutes. Service was prompt. Push carts were coming by pretty often. Wish I could fit more food in my system! Make sure you wash all this oily dim sum down with pots of Jasmine tea. If you have bigger parties, or if you don’t want to “dap toi” (sit with other people), then I suggest waking up super early to get in earlier. I will return to this Asian jewels! Next time, hopefully with my parents so they can try some of the amazing dim sum dishes!

– Charmin Bear J

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