Restaurant Review: Sheng Ramen

Details: Located at 36-36 Prince St. Ste. 102, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s their claimed Yelp page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/勝面-sheng-ramen-flushing

Sheng Ramen stands out in my mind because it has the best bowl of zha jiang mian (or jia jiang mian) that I’ve had in all of New York City. It isn’t the best by a wide margin, but it is the best.

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Food Stall Review: Joe’s Steam Rice Rolls

Details: Located at 136-21 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find an official web page, but I did find a claimed Yelp page here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/joes-steam-rice-rolls-flushing

Joe’s Steam Rice Rolls is a fairly large food stall in a small strip mall off Main Street in Flushing. If you aren’t familiar, rice rolls are a common dim sum food item where they roll up fragile, soft, steamed rolls of rice flour filled usually with meat or some kind.

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Restaurant Review: Gui Zhou Miao Jia

Details: Located at 136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s their yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gui-zhou-miao-jia-flushing

All you need to know is that this is a good place for cheap noodles. I usually get the beef noodle soup for $6.50. There are also other kinds of noodle soups, all generally under ten dollars. This place is also open pretty late on most days. I think it closes at 11:00 PM.

You should be aware that it’s in the back of a kind of dirty strip mall/food court and that most of the people eating here are Chinese immigrants.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Flower Brook Mifen House

Details: Located at 44-35 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355. I couldn’t find the official site so here’s the Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/flower-brook-mifen-house-flushing

I came here one day on a whim. There’s a lot of places in Flushing that sell Chinese ramen or noodle soup. Flower Brook Mifen House is another such place.

I ordered the beef noodle soup, which was around eight dollars. The meat was cut into small cubes and the noodles were okay, but didn’t stay firm for long. They let you choose how spicy you want it and it can get pretty spicy. The spice they use is the numbing, Sichuan kind, not just hot.

Overall, it was okay. I think that if you had to choose between the beef noodle soup here and the beef noodle soup from the nearby Red Mountain Noodle House, the Red Mountain Noodle House’s noodles were easily better. Better noodles and broth. If you’re in the area, go to the Red Mountain Noodle House instead. However, if you like overly spicy food, this place isn’t terrible.

Score: 5/10

Restaurant Review: Fu Yuan

WP_20170723_001Details: Located at 135-43 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. I couldn’t find an official page so here’s the Yelp page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fu-yuan-富源腸粉店-flushing

I’ve walked by this place many times and I have never seen it without a line, at least when it’s open. I have no idea when the hours are but they are narrow. When this is place is open, its popularity cannot be denied.

Fu Yuan mostly serves rice rolls. That’s traditional, Chinese, steamed, soft rolls of white rice dough that many Chinese people grew up eating. You can get some with the classic oyster sauce and peanut butter sauce. You can also get toppings like fish balls and some other things I can’t recall, but plain rice rolls is generally how it’s eaten. The price ranges from around two to three dollars for a serving. It’s a small store front so don’t expect anyplace to stand or sit.

Overall, it’s okay. I think the primary attraction of this place is to all the Chinese people who grew up eating this stuff. This place sells nostalgia. For people who didn’t grow up eating this stuff, they eat it for the food credibility, for the ability to brag about eating something quintessentially Chinese. As someone who doesn’t care to brag about eating rice rolls and who did not grow up eating this stuff, I feel no compulsion to shower praises on this place. The food was okay. It was just okay. Rice rolls in general are just okay.

Score: 5.5/10

Restaurant Review: Ming Xing B.B.Q.

Details: Located at 35-14 Farrington St, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s the yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ming-xing-bbq-flushing-2

Ming Xing BBQ is a place specializing is Xi’an barbecue skewers. Their twist is that you get to cook it yourself at your table. I usually find communal cooking with friends to be a fun activity and it was pretty fun here despite the many times we burned our hands.

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