Dumplings are an interesting food. In Chinese culture, they are culturally significant as they are must eat foods on Chinese New Year. Practically, they are a convenient food that is quick to prepare yet fairly nutritious, at least compared things like cup noodles or instant ramen. I usually keep a bag of frozen dumplings in the fridge in case I need a snack.
The following list is a ranking of dumpling places in Flushing that sell frozen dumplings. I went and purchased a bag of frozen dumplings from each of the following places. I boiled each batch for about seven minutes (normally, you’re supposed to heat the water to a boil, then add a cup of cold water and reboil the water so that you don’t overcook them but I’m too lazy for that crap). I should also mention that I picked these restaurant because these are places that primarily sell dumplings and nothing else. Lots of places sell dumplings, but few places sell dumplings (frozen or cooked) and almost nothing else. Here are the results. I’ll probably add to this list as I eat more frozen dumplings.
Details: Located at 157-26 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cast-iron-pot-3-flushing
The Cast Iron Pot 3 is yet another Korean barbecue place in the Murray Hill area of Flushing.
The interior is all right. The seating has tables with stools and tables with chairs and booths. I don’t really like the stools, but I get the Korean style motif they were going for and I imagine cleaning is easier with these metal-barrel-stools they got.
Waiters were very nice.
They cook the meat in this big concave iron pot, which is novel, but not great as the splatter splashes outward onto you as the meat cooks.
The meat they served was of a good variety. They had pork jowl, which in my opinion is the tastiest meat at Korean barbecue which is about as good, if not better than galbi. There are also some sides you can order like beef soup and steamed egg. This is an all you can eat place and it costs about $29 per person before tax and tip. You can order as many of these sides as you want.
Overall, this place was great.
Details: Located at 136-76 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is https://korean-restaurant-1240.business.site/
Woori is a hard to spot Korean restaurant that specializes in home style Korean food. That means fried pork cutlets, kimbap, dobuki, bulogi over rice, that sort of thing. It serves exactly the same kind of food as Kimganae (which is half a block away) at the same price and quality. The only major difference is that Woori is roomier and so more comfortable to eat in than Kimganae.
Details: Located in Hong Kong Market Food Court at 37-11 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is https://andacafeusa.com/
I came here and ordered the Iron Goddess Milk Foam. Iron goddess is a kind of oolong tea. It was okay. Just another average bubble tea place. They have trouble speaking English here so be prepared for that.
Details: Located at 136-11 38th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is http://ifchanyc.com/
This place is located in front of Zebra Lounge, a bar an karaoke place. I’ve tried the brown sugar boba milk and their cheesecake milk tea. The brown sugar milk tea tasted about as good any other I’ve had. They even managed to keep the tapioca warm. The cheesecake milk tea’s only difference with regular milk tea is that I think they mixed in that cheese foam they put on top of some drinks. Otherwise, cheesecake milk tea is about the same as any other milk tea. Most thing cost around five or six dollars.
Overall, a good place to get bubble tea. On a side note, if you come here during the warmer seasons, there are a ridiculous number of mosquitos in this place for some reason. I saw like ten huge ones just hanging out on the wall.