Rating: 4 paws out of 5
Spent:. $10 per person
Date Friendly: Yes for the adventurous
Note: They have picture menus
44-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11355
Oh Flushing, how do you show so many different types of Chinese food? Can one really travel to all the different provinces within this wonderful land just through Flushing. Let’s see how Qingdao northern China food taste like. This northern province should have food that match Tsingtao beer since, that is where it is from.
Menu here is not frightful, it has English and Chinese. There is even a section with pictures. Those pictured items are the same at the ones on the wall.
Interior is ok, it is clean but not very stylish or modern. You can probably fit 30-40 people at the most. You not paying for the decor at this place. Generally I don’t really care too much about that.
They serve you green tea here, at first I was very surprised at the taste of the tea. It was very clean and mellow. Something you normally do not get for free.
Near the end of the meal I checked out the tea pot and was surprised by the quality of the tea leaves. NICE, big whole leaves and there is no tea power crap etc that normally cheap tea contains. My tea snobbery did not fail me here.
Prior to ordering, I got a plate of pickled vegetables. Cucumbers, carrots, and peanuts composed this pickle starter. I enjoyed it and it wet my appetite for the food.
First dish we got was Pig’s head with cucumber. I was pleasantly surprised that this was a cold dish. I didn’t think it would be, but preserved many of the flavors that would have been lost if had hot. First things first, if you like garlic, you will love this dish, there is a lot of garlic. The garlic flavor is pretty much the dominate one here, it paired well with the cucumber and it was oh so tasty together. The meat of the pig head is something you may have to get used to or get past texture wise. For those not used to it, might have a bit of trouble. It is kinda like firm chewy jello that has a bit of snap. Once the texture aside, the flavor of pork is really strong. Mixed that with cucumber and garlic, you have a winner.
I never saw pumpkin pancakes in a Chinese place before and that is pretty much why I ordered it. These suckers are great and filling, by the way. The outside is really crisp, I believe they are panko breadcrumbs. The inside is savory sweet and moist of a pumpkin pie but without the cinnamon.
Pork Chop with shrimp sauce is so tasty here. The pork was extremely tender and moist on the inside. The exterior of the chop is very savory and has a very slight hint of sweetness. It was pretty much a crowd favorite, there pretty much nothing that you should not like about this dish.
I went during the early afternoon during a lunch break from the office. So I did not partake in a beers or other such drinks. All these dishes had the flavors to pair really well with beer. Next time I will have a beer or more and enough these even more.