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.

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

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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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Restaurant Review: Prince Tea House

Details: Located at 36-39 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find and official site so here’s their yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/prince-tea-house-flushing-2

Prince Tea House is a dessert and tea place that leans towards Asian flavors. I’ve walked by a couple of times and usually, this place is packed. During peak hours, this place is usually full and you’re going to have to wait on a line.

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Restaurant Review: Latin Bakery & Restaurant

Details: Located at 41-41 Main St, Queens, NY 11355. I couldn’t find a website so here’s the unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/latin-bakery-restaurant-queens

In a sea of Asian restaurants, Latin Bakery & Restaurant stands alone. It’s been in Flushing a long time and withstood the test of time.

There are a lot of things served here, some over ten dollars. However, if you come here and spend over ten dollars, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s what to get: every day they have a different lunch special that sells for around nine dollars. It comes with salad, beans and rice. Get that. There is also a different daily soup which goes for around five to ten dollars depending on the size you order. Get that. They also have various pastries and fried snacks like empanadas, arepas, and sausages. I like the guava cheese pastry personally. Get those. And that’s about it. Don’t get the stuff that costs around twenty dollars. I’m sure it’s good, but no one orders that stuff. Most people just get some fried snacks and the soup.

Overall, this place is great. It’s the only place in the neighborhood to get some Colombian food in a neighborhood where everything is Asian, and at a reasonable price.

Score: 6.8/10

Restaurant Review: Taipan Bakery

Details: Two locations in Flushing and in Chinatown. The official site is http://www.taipanbakery.com/

Taipan Bakery is a Taiwanese bakery that’s been around a very long time. There used to be more locations, but there are only two now.

You can get a variety of things here. There are the many  breads and pastries, such as egg tarts, hot dog buns, shredded pork and mayo bun, corn bun, etc. There are too many to name. You can also get coffee or tea. They also do cakes, which I haven’t had for while so I can’t speak as to their quality.

Breads range from around a dollar to a few dollars. Usually, I get a Danish hot dog bun, a curry beef pie, and a corn bun with a hot milk tea. The one thing that this place has that other Taiwanese bakeries don’t have (I’m looking at you Fay Da) is the Danish hot dog bun. It’s just a hot dog bun wrapped in a croissant instead of the normal squishy bun. I much prefer this type of hot dog bun though. The curry beef pie is simply wrapped in puff pastry. The corn bun has corn and ham mixed with mayo sitting on regular bun.

People… are pretty rude here. They don’t really have a grasp of the concept of queuing or respecting others’ personal space. I’ll leave it at that.

Overall, if you’re looking to try some baked goods from an Asian (or more specifically Taiwanese) bakery, Taipan Bakery is a good choice with some relatively unique options.

Score: 6.2/10