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What started humbly as five friends gathered for a night out, has grown to a quest. A Chinese Quest. Follow along as five hungry Jewish guys search for THE BEST Chinese Restaurant on all of Long Island (and now New York City too)! What do Jews like? A bargain AND Chinese food! It started innocently enough. Now it's become something bigger than even their appetites. Or, has it? So, follow along and let's see where their journey takes them in their search. They welcome your suggestions and feedback. And if you're lucky enough, perhaps they'll ask you to join them on one of their crusades! So pack your chop sticks, we're about to hit the road!

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[REVIEW] Long Island Pekin, Babylon, NY

The Chinese Quest ventures to Long Island Pekin, the newest authentic Chinese restaurant that recently opened in Babylon, NY. Click here to read their review and to learn all about the Long Island Pekin Duck that makes their Peking Duck extra special! The post [REVIEW] Long Island Pekin, Babylon, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

Excitement, as well as lightning and thunder, rained upon as we trekked east to Babylon, NY to try the newest authentic Chinese Restuarant to open on Long Island, “Pekin”.  We arrived a few weeks after they opened, and they are still getting their duck legs under them.  Long Island Pekin is located at 96 E Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702.

From Long Island Pekin –

Hey everyone! Welcome to Long Island Pekin. No no we didn’t forget the “g” at the end of “Pekin”. A little-known fact among duck connoisseurs, the Long Island Duckling is one of the best breeds in the world for making Peking Duck. So…in our research, we discovered a coincidence that the breed of duck is actually called Pekin and therefore, Long Island Pekin was born, celebrating the breed we so proudly serve at our restaurant and the pride we have living on Long Island!

Peking Duck and Dumplings are something that we have professionally worked with for over 2 decades. One of our partners is the founder of a famed restaurant in NYC rated as one of the best Peking Ducks in NYC (ask, and we’ll tell you). Each item has been meticulously picked from our different establishments to create a fully specialized menu while staying true to both contemporary and Chinese traditions.

Seeing an opportunity to bring the food we love to a town that has such beloved restaurants is not only an honor but also a way for us to impart a different yet very specific culture.

Long Island Pekin is very modern and tastefully decorated (including a Gift “Shop” where you can buy tee-shirt, hats, and more, with their logo).  Everything was so brand spanking new, as was to be expected.

From a humble start / soft opening where for a month they only offered take out as they ironed out the menu.  The menu is still far from complete, but they promise more dishes to be added in the near future.  Like many new Chinese restaurants, they have Soup Dumpling on their menu.  Their take on the Soup Dumplings is a little different than others as you will read below.  And, of course, they do have Peking Duck.

From Wikipedia –

The Pekin or White Pekin is an American breed of domestic duck, raised primarily for meat. It derives from birds brought to the United States from China in the nineteenth century.  Many of these ducks were reared on Long Island, New York, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from which the breed derived its name Long Island Duck.

Let’s stop ducking the discussion about the food.  We started with a few appetizers while sipping some nice wine at the bar.

Dim Sum (3 pieces), served with Chinese Mustard and Chili Sauce:

  • Shrimp Dumpling – The shrimp in the dumpling was excellent and the wrapper nice and thin.  Three dumplings for $4 is not a bad deal as these were rather large dumplings.  For some reason when I was eating them I thought they were more expensive and that was tainting my opinion of them.  
  • Shu Mai –  They were a little dry for my taste.  Perhaps a bit overdone?  The filling wasn’t memorable either.  

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Peking Duck Scallion Pancake – A homemade scallion pancake, shredded Peking Duck, cheddar, and sweet plum sauce.  The pancake was overdone and the duck lacked presence.  We have had a similar dish at other Chinese restaurants that were served with beef rather than duck and still used hoisin sauce, that really stood out.  The duck and/or hoisin sauce was very muted.

Pork Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) – Very cool looking spoons not seen before on The Chinese Quest.  Cool, but I found them harder to handle than the traditional Chinese soup spoons.  So many Chinese restaurants are now serving Soup Dumplings that it’s starting to get a little overdone.  That should not be held against Long Island Pekin though.  The fact that I found them very salty though, should be.

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On to the main dishes:

String Beans – Sauteed with black bean sauce and crispy garlic.  Excellent string beans.  The pork was a little salty.  This was a nice dish.

Fried Rice with Pork – Served with red onions, carrots, scallions, crispy shallots, and fried eggs.  Something (the rice) was overdone in this dish.  At least in my opinion. I found the rice dry and extra sticky.  This dish was too gelatenous, in this writers opinion, for a fried rice dish.

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And for the main reason, that we drove out east for…

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Peking Duck!   What a duck!  Beautifully glazed we salvated as the sacrificial duck was brought to our table.

The Preparation – I’m surprised I didn’t leave a puddle in front of me as I drooled over the perfect Duck that was offered for our approval.  We approved! 

The glaze.  Sparkling!

The aroma. Scintillating!

The knifework, the slicing.  Breathtaking!!

Check it out in our video (click to play):

The Art of the Duck

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Our consensus?  This was one mighty good Pekin, or Peking Duck!

It should be noted that modern, new, downtown Babylon rents, etc., does come with a cost.  We felt that the dishes were a little overpriced.  And while they welcomed lots of intrigued diners, to sustain the business they need to grow their menu and, in our humble opinion, adjust the prices.

Our Rating:

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Have you tried Long Island Pekin yet?  Do you agree with our review and rating?  If not, please post your comments below.  If so, please let us know!

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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[REVIEW] Coco’s Palace, Great Neck, NY

Coco's Palace Restaurant opened a few months ago in Great Neck, NY. This Chinese restaurant introduces Yunnan Cuisine to New York. What is Yunnan Cuisine? How good is Coco's Palace? We are glad you asked. You are going to want to know. Click to find out! The post [REVIEW] Coco’s Palace, Great Neck, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

And now for something completely different!  The one; The only; It’s Coco’s Palace!  The only Yunnan Chinese restaurant in New York. Is it in Chinatown?  NO!  In Flushing?  NO!  In Great Neck??  YEAH!  That’s right.  Long Island!  A burgeoning new leader in bringing you authentic Chinese food, and now authentic Yuannan Cuisine!

Yunnan Cuisine

Courtesy of Wikipedia:

Yunnan cuisine, alternatively known as Dian cuisine, is an amalgam of the cuisines of the Han Chinese and other ethnic minority groups in Yunnan Province in southwestern China.  Many Yunnan dishes are quite spicy, and mushrooms are featured prominently. Flowers, ferns, algae, and insects may also be eaten.

Coco’s Palace is located at 19 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY 11021.  It’s directly across the street from Moonstone Modern Asian Chinese restaurant.

Checklist:

  • Quite Spicy – Some dishes definitely were
  • Mushrooms – We had a few
  • Flowers – One of our dishes were adorned with such
  • Ferns – Perhaps one of the flower pots, I didn’t notice
  • Algae – Might have been in our Rice Noodle dish.  There was fungus in that dish, so they might have snuck some algae in there as well.
  • Insects – I hope not!

Coco’s Palace opened a few months ago, and it’s sure catching on.  We got there at 7:00 pm on a Wednesday (Public Service Announcement:  They are closed on Tuesdays) and the restaurant was relatively empty which gave me a chance to take a few pictures of the interior.  Everything, as you would expect from a new restaurant was sparkling clean.  But, they took this even a step above.  If this restaurant was one block west, i.e. in New York City, I’m certain that the New York City Department of Health would have given it an “A” rating.  The copper hot pots (another PSA: only served in winter) were just sparkling and looked like they could have been a museum exhibit.

Gallery of Pictures:

It was time to eat.  As you would expect there are lots of noodle and rice dishes on the extensive menu.  We consulted frequently with our Server, Tony, who guided us through the meal, which was really a feast!

Appetizers

We started off with five appetizers.  Appetizers were generally on the smaller side, but enough for the five of us to still get a nice taste:

A2: Pork Wonton with Spicy and Sour Sauce – Loved this!  The wonton wrappers were just right; the filling fantastic.  Definitely made fresh.  Great start!

A3: Yuannan Dai Style Cucumber Salad – a nice cool dish that offset the spiciness of the other appetizers.  Cucumbers were well marinated, yet still crisp to the bite.

 

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A5: Jinpo Style Chicken – served cold and in a lemon and spicy sauce.  The chicken was FANTASTIC!  I could have had a few portions of this dish!  Give me more!

Spring-City-EggplantA6: Old Kumming Style Eggplant – Served cold. 

Sometimes, one has to let a picture do all the taking. 

Especially when sometimes I managed to miss a dish amongst the forest of dishes.  Please tell us what YOU think about this dish in the comments below.

A14: Roast Marinated Pork Knuckle – This was a first for all of us.  First time eating knuckles.  I used to bite my fingernails, but never knuckles.  Until now.  The dish was advertised as spicy, but this was mild at best.  The pork was ok.  The least favorite of the fabulous other appetizers we had.

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The Main Courses!

The “H” denotes the House Speciality (Yunnan Style) dishes.

H1: Grilled Whole Fish with Spicy Herbs – The fish was Bronzini. The fish was good. So light; So moist; So succulent.  It’s wrapped in bacon and baked in aluminum foil to maintain all its juices.  It wasn’t long before there was nothing but a skeleton left.  I’m not sure what happened to the eyes.  I am sworn to the Quest Creed that whatever happens on a Quest stays on the Quest.

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Fried-PrawnsH2: Yunnan Dai Style Shrimp (Fried Prawn) – Can be eaten in the shell; I opted to peel and eat.  The prawns were each served on a buckwheat cracker, for lack of a better word, which in an of itself was so delicious.  I would love to buy some just to snack on!  I didn’t hesitate to snag the last prawn when offered to me (I am on a Seafood Diet — when I see food I eat it!).

 

The “Y” denotes the Yunnan Oriental Noodle and Rice dishes.

Y1: Yunnan Oriental Style Rice Noodle – Throw the noodles in after a few minutes of cooking, and then served of course in bowls.  I loved the broth and the shrimp.  But there was everything in this dish (probably including the kitchen sink!).  I love how it comes out to your table in a wooden attache case! 

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They say that a picture is worth a 1000 words, so a video must be worth a Pulitzer Prize?

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Y16: Braised Pork Belly on Rice

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Just Desserts

Blueberry Macaron – WOW! 

If I heard correctly, these were made especially for us by Tony’s wife.  Quite a few fresh blueberries.  A nice sweet treat.   This is a Chinese Dessert to write about!

Throw in two bowls of white rice and a soda, and I was totally shocked at the bill.  The bronzini dish alone was $24.95.  So how much would the bill be for five appetizers and four main dishes?  My guess was so far off, that I should be banned from ever guessing again.  Would you believe $119.82 including tax?  Believe it!  

Our Rating:

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Have you ever had Yunnan Cuisine before?  Does our review whet your appetizer for some?  Please share your comments in the box at the bottom of the page, and please share this article if you think others would enjoy reading it.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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HK Food Court, Elmhurst, NY

HK Food Court recently opened in Elmhurst, NY. Featuring food stalls from the Asian Nations, you could call this Food Court "A Taste of Asia". The post HK Food Court, Elmhurst, NY appeared first on The Chinese Quest.

Like good food, good friends are priceless. And if it weren’t for my good friend Mee Carmelino, I might never have learned about the recently opened HK Food Court in Elmhurst, NY.

HK stands for Hong Kong. HK Food Court.  The Chinese name “Xiang Gang Mei-Chi Cheng,” actually translates to “Hong Kong Gourmet Food Court.”

It now occupies the recently closed HK Super Mart that stood for years and years. In fact, the wooden tables that used to display the fruits and vegetables outside the supermarket are still there.

Location Location Location

HK Food Court is located at 82-02 45th Ave., Elmhurst. It’s a few doors down from a Chinese restaurant that I had gone to many many years ago in a lifetime far far away, but more recently with co-workers at the time. That Chinese restaurant is now called China Pearl. I first knew it as High Pearl. The HK Supermarket was a frequent after dinner must stop and shop.

But, I digress. I’m here today to tell you about the HK Food Court. You might as well give it a name of “A Taste of Asia”. For here, in the 30 or so food stalls, you will find food from:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Tibet
  • Vietnam
  • And more, I am sure, that I am forgetting

When you enter you will first notice how bright and shiny and clean everything is.  The stalls are on the outer perimeter, and seating is located in the center.  As it has been less than three weeks since it opened, it hasn’t been “discovered” yet.  Though I’m sure that’s about to change.  For before this you had to go to Flushing to find food courts similar to this, including one owned by the same people, and of course The New World Mall Food Court at the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Ave.  Of course, I must also add, that the, umm, stalls in the brand new bathrooms are as equally as clean and sparkling as the Food Court.  Let us hope that everything continues to be kept in pristine condition.

No Passport Required

You’ll also be greeted by spices from all parts of Asia emanating from all the stalls that lead you by your nostrils and draw you in deeper into the food court.

Mee Carmelino and I skirted the circumference around the seating area to check out every stall before deciding.  So many choices!  We had to circle twice, like sharks, before picking out our prey, err, dinner choices.  We choose two different stalls.  And there were still a few more stalls that were yet to open.

This being a review of the food court, it would not be fair just to write about what we ate. Suffice it to say we enjoyed it, and we will both be back.  Perhaps me, with the entire Crew.  

I really did enjoy them making the hand-pulled noodles at my stalls.  Watch for yourself:

All of the food in all of the stalls is prepared fresh.  It would take you a good month just to get a taste of each cuisine.

Rather than write about each stall, just sit right back and enjoy this photo montage of the HK Food Court:

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Now after you go to the HK Food Court, please post your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

Humbly submitted for your consideration,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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[REVIEW] New Fu Run, Great Neck, NY

The time was finally right for The Chinese Quest to review New Fu Run in Great Neck, NY. It has now been over a year since their Grand Opening, and the restaurant has surely caught on as it attracts more and more diners who appreciate fine Chinese food to try their cuisine from the Dong ... The post [REVIEW] New Fu Run, Great Neck, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

The time was finally right for The Chinese Quest to review New Fu Run in Great Neck, NY. It has now been over a year since their Grand Opening, and the restaurant has surely caught on as it attracts more and more diners who appreciate fine Chinese food to try their cuisine from the Dong Bei Province of China.

Unfortunately, Mee Young Joo wasn’t able to attend this evening as he was away on business. He’s eaten at New Fu Run on numerous occasions and I’m sure he will add his thoughts in the comments section below, as you are welcomed, and encouraged, to do as well.

Different than their sister restaurant in Flushing, Fu Run Dong Bei, New Fu Run is tastefully decorated and fits right in on the upscale Gold Coast befitting the Gatsby’s and occasionally The Chinese Quest (though we can handle low brow with as much aplomb as we can high brow).

Spring has taken its sweet time coming to the tri-state area, so on the chilly evening that we dined, we wanted to start off with a nice warm dish. We left all the ordering to Owner Tina Zhang, and she started us off with:

Chicken with Mushrooms and Vermicelli – Served over flames to keep the soup warm, the broth was rich with flavor. The chicken was tasty. Watch out for the bones, though I didn’t have any in my bowl. Altogether, this could have been a whole meal! This dish is highly recommended as is enough for four to six people.

Next, we had one of their signature dishes:

Cumin Lamb – In Flushing it was called Muslim Lamb and was Lamb on ribs. Here, it was on a leg shank and was sliced up nicely by the chef. This was a spectacular dish. If Mee Gonzi Bao had his way he could have, and I am sure he would have eaten the entire dish by himself. I managed to make sure though that I got my fair share. For dietary reasons Mee V. Stoogas opted out of this dish, and for gastro-intestinal issues, Mee Tsu Yan limited his intake. If his stomach was up to this dish, we might have had to place a second order.

Next up were two choices that were certain to satisfy all of our palates:

Young Chow Fried Rice – Though the basic ingredients of Young Chow Fried Rice are similar from Chinese restaurant to Chinese restaurant, I find that one of the great differentiators is the Shrimp. The Shrimp that came with this dish could have easily stood on its own as a protein in any entree.

Sauteed Green Beans with Minced Pork – Just another fantastic Chinese vegetable dish! The amount of minced pork was just the right amount, the flavor spot on. If anyone of us blinked, we would have missed out on a portion of these green beans. This dish disappeared quickly!

Finally, we had two sweet dishes to complete our dinner:

Crispy Shrimp – I LOVED it! The shrimp was fantastic. Just a little crispy, but very moist, flavorful, and sweet. This could have been a dessert dish!

Sweet Potatoes with Corn Puffs Drizzled in Honey – A dessert dish compliments of Tina. We have never really had a Chinese dessert that we just absolutely loved, but this came close to achieving that goal! The honeyed Corn Puffs were a little too sweet, but in moderation completed a great desert along with the sweet potatoes.

There has always been a lot of restaurants turn over in Great Neck, but New Fu Run is showing their staying power by offering a solid meal of authentic Chinese cuisine. If you haven’t tried their sister restaurant, Fu Run in Flushing, and you don’t want to fight traffic in downtown Flushing, come to New Fu Run at 50 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, New York 11021. There’s plenty of metered parking (free after 6:00 pm) behind the restaurant. And on your way out, you can cool off with a quick dip in the pool.

(Please don’t try this in real life. These are professionals – Mee Tsu Yan swims five days a week and is currently in training for a Charity Swim from Fire Island to Breakwaters. For information on donating to the cause, please email him by clicking here.)

And now for our rating:

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Humbly submitted for your review,

–Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)

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6 VERSATILE WINE PAIRINGS FOR A CHINESE NEW YEAR FEAST

Wine is a versatile drink that has the ability to add flavor and depth when paired right. And like wine, Chinese cuisine also has a wonderful range of varieties that are lined up to light the spirit of the festival. The rich diversity of these two helps us explore and understand the perfect pairings of food and wine. So here is the pair guide for wine and dine you might want to try this new year. Cheers! The post 6 VERSATILE WINE PAIRINGS FOR A CHINESE NEW YEAR FEAST appeared first on The...

Wine-pairing-chinese-foodThe best part of festivals is family and friends gatherings where you get to meet and cherish the wonderful day with your loved ones. Festival meals are the time to experiment and explore new food pairings and wines that you might have wanted to try for a while now. Wine is a versatile drink that has the ability to add flavor and depth when paired right. And like wine, Chinese cuisine also has a wonderful range of varieties that are lined up to light the spirit of the festival. The rich diversity of these two helps us explore and understand the perfect pairings of food and wine. So here is the pair guide for wine and dine you might want to try this new year.

Steamed fish and Rieslings

The Chinese culture considers Fish a symbol of prosperity and enjoying drool worthy delicacies on the New year’s eve feels fantastic. Steamed food is a healthy choice of meal especially pre-workout and could be a great start towards a healthy lifestyle. Steamed fish cooked with delicate flavors of vegetables and garnished with a splash of spice is a perfect meal of choice to enjoy. White wines pair amazingly with steamed fish by enhancing the flavors with a spicy kick. A light, fruity and crisp palate of Rieslings could be the right add to this festive season.

Crispy Duck and Cabernet Sauvignon

Barbequed or fried dishes are heavy, and heavy bodied wines pair amazingly with these. Duck when cooked crispy has an enriching flavor along with the oily crunchiness that makes an amazing meal. A dry wine like Cabernet Sauvignon blends well with this crispy texture and is strong to match with the dish. If you are looking to enjoy something slightly light then any sparkling wine would be a great choice to pair with heavy fried dishes.

Dumplings and Pinot Noir

Dumplings are a Chinese dining staple that can leave its juicy, delicious flavors alluring. The steamed dish is light and soft textured and is highlighted with simple flavors from the fillings. The minced meat or finely chopped vegetables can be combined gracefully with a light-bodied drink such as a Pinot Noir. The sweetness will compliment the flavors of the dumplings well and being a flexible drink it can extend its compatibility with the rest of the dishes too.

Dim Sum and Sparkling wine

Deep fried foods or dim sum particularly look for a refreshing pair that balances the heavy body of the meal. Also, a touch of sweetness carves its own niche when paired well with delicious delicacies such as Dim Sum in a lovely way. A simple choice of Malbec rose would be a fresh pairing choice to go with deep-fried food. The closest you can get to this amazing food pairing is with the bird dog whiskey which is matching the heavy meal with some heavy booze.

Spicy food and Torrontes

The secret to enjoying spicy food lies within balancing the key factor called acidity. Some mouth-watering dishes from the Chinese cuisine also have some tongue numbing spice such as in soups, meat etc. And the best pair of wine to go with the outstanding, flavorsome dishes would be Torrontes. Acidic wines help cope with the flavors well and balance out the spice better. This way you can experience the inner flavors of the dish better.

Bakkwa and Bordeaux Rose

Bakkwa and Johnny Walker Black are considered a match made in heaven given how it tastefully balances the sweetness from the dish with its smoky and spicy notes. But when it comes to wine Bordeaux Rose would be the perfect choice to pair with this salty and sweet meat. The savory notes of Mezcal also match well with the meaty deliciousness of this dish that will make your meal even more special.

General rules of pairing with Chinese food

Steamed seafood: Dry Rieslings, Champagne, and White Burgundy are the best choices to pair with steamed seafood as they balance out the delicate flavors from the dish with its fruity flavors.

Spicy noodles: Considered a sign of longevity, enjoying soft noodles during your dinner with notes of spice can be paired well with Viognier.

Gingery Dishes: When it comes to crabs or lobsters brimming with a flavor of ginger the best way to balance the spice from it is to choose varieties such as Rose or Gewürztraminer.

Fiery Szechuan: A touch of sweetness from Alsace Pinot Gris could be the magic some fiery Szechuan cuisine needs to balance and treat your palette.

Black bean Sauce: A velvety, smooth texture pairs well with Black bean sauce such as a fruity touch of Zinfandel.

Bordeaux for everything: If you do not want to carefully select a bottle and want something that is more neutral and goes with all then Bordeaux is the bottle of choice. It has a rich variety and diverse palette that makes it a go-to wine for every occasion and every cuisine.

These wine pairings should make your New Year’s more special and definitely delicious.

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Author’s Bio:

RebeccaRebecca is a student and a blogger who loves to write on different verticals such as F&B, health, and fitness. She holds special interest and expertise in food and drinks pairing. She loves to go out on wine tasting functions with her close buddies. Her hobbies include traveling and reading

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[REVIEW] SHANGHAI DUMPLING, Little Neck, NY

The Chinese Quest celebrated the Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig by dining at the recently opened Shanghai Dumpling in Little Neck, NY. Pigs love to eat, we love to eat! Did we love what we ate? Read on to find out! The post [REVIEW] SHANGHAI DUMPLING, Little Neck, NY appeared first on The Chinese...

The Chinese Quest came to celebrate Chinese New Year at Shanghai Dumpling in Little Neck, NY.  Shanghai Dumpling opened a mere six weeks ago.  Converted by the owner of the Grain House, which occupied this space, he maintained a 30% ownership in this new venture. 

This is the Year of the Pig.  A pig is also a very social creature – if they have a mud puddle, they want to share it with the whole neighborhood – the more diverse group the better. And people will come because they know the Pig can be trusted and makes an ideal friend.  We managed to entice three old and new friends to join us this evening in celebration.  We had a party of 8, a very lucky number to the Chinese.  Was this going to be our lucky night?

Joining us this evening was Mee Mah Thoo, a frequent guest of the Quest (who is always welcomed, especially since he always brings us some mighty fine wine and/or Tequila), Sweet Lou (who also brought some wine), and Jeff (who brought some great stories… ask him about going to the same Chinese restaurant in Chinatown for over 47 years and running!  Perhaps the Quest will have to join him the next time he goes to Chinatown!).  Lou and Jeff will have to be given some Mee names soon.  I’m open to suggestions!

Shanghai Dumpling is located at 249-11 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, NY 11362.  Parking can be problematic at times.  I’ve been lucky the first two times I have come here.  There is a large Stop and Shop across the street with an inviting amount of free parking available.  Not that I am endorsing parking there, it is quite enticing to say the least.  Would our dinner be as enticing?  Let’s find out!

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The restaurant was packed upon our arrival.   Despite the fact that we had a reservation, we had to wait about 20 minutes for our table to become available.  We took advantage of the wait and wished our fellow diners a very happy Gung Hay Fat Choy!  (Happy New Year in Chinese).

As soon as we were seated we quickly blurted out what we wanted to start with:

Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings – THREE orders!  The Soup Dumplings had been ordained as the best Soup Dumplings that Mini Mee, The Dumpling King, had ever eaten.  So, how could we not indulge?  The dumplings were filled with piping hot soup.  Despite the warning to some our guests, we nearly lost two tongues.  Luckily we had some nice cold wine to soothe the burns.

Wuxi Spareribs – which may be called Stewed Pork Ribs in Brown Sauce on the menu.  Either way, these were the ribs that the pork just fell of the bone and melted in to our mouths.  They were quite sweet and succulent.  We are off to a flying start!

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Fish Head with Vermicelli Soup – The soup didn’t have a lot of flavor or presence to me.  The broth was just ok.  Honestly, all I was waiting for with this dish was to watch Mee Tsu Yan suck the fish head.  Alas, I was let down twice by this dish, as there was no heading sucking to be seen this evening.

Pork Shoulder  – One of the House Specials, the pork (gosh we ate a lot of pork this evening) served with bok choy (and a lot of bok choy too!) was, if not a little fatty, very yummy.

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Snow Pea Leaves with Mushrooms – We really should order more than just one vegetable dish (and perhaps some other proteins as well aside from pork!), because nothing beats vegetables made the Chinese way!

Udon Noodles with Bok Choy – Being Chinese New Year, we needed a noodle dish with the longest noodles they had.  For eating long noodles on Chinese New Year will help you to live a long life.  It also helps to have great friends to share dinners, and along with great food, and laughter, these are all the keys to living a long and happy life.  

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For dessert we were given (read that to be “On the house”, also known as FREE) Peanut-Crusted-Mochi-with-Black-Sesame-PastePeanut Crusted Mochi with Black Sesame Paste.  I’ve never found too many Chinese desserts to the kind of dessert as I deem dessert to be, these were quite good!  And, I highly recommend you try them when you dine in at Shanghai Dumpling!

While we didn’t order a lot of different dishes, we had to order multiples of some so the eight of us could at least get a taste.  The nicest surprise at the end of the night.  With tax and tip included, the bill was just $22 per person.

The night concluded by submitting our individual rating of Shanghai Dumpling, before we bid each other, and our new found friends a fond adieu.  Or, should I say Shalom, I mean 晚安 (pronounced: Wǎn’ān).

Our rating of Shanghai Dumpling:

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How did you celebrate Chinese New Year?  Please post in the comments below.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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