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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.
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:
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.
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:
(Hover mouse over the image and click on the Play Button to start the slide show)
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!”)
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.
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Humbly submitted for your review,
–Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)
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...
The 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rebecca 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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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!
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!
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.
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.
For dessert we were given (read that to be “On the house”, also known as FREE) Peanut 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:
How did you celebrate Chinese New Year? Please post in the comments below.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)
Blue Wave Restaurant, a Shanghainese Chinese restaurant, recently opened in Williston Park, NY. The spread of authentic Chinese restaurants is continuing in Long Island, and The Chinese Quest was there to review it. Click to read our review, and please post your comments about Blue Wave! The post [REVIEW] BLUE WAVE RESTAURANT – New Shanghai Cuisine in Williston Park appeared first on The Chinese...
We must really love Chinese food because on January 21st, we ventured out to Blue Wave Restaurant, located at 344 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. For those of us that opted to block it out of our minds, January 21st, 2019 was the coldest day in four years. The temperature outside was ten degrees below zero with the wind chill factored in. In fact, it was so windy, my car door almost snapped off the hinges from the arctic blast. Walking into Blue Wave that night did not really create the toasty atmosphere that we were after. I guess the heater was fighting with the outside cold, and I’m pretty sure the heater was losing the battle. We made due with some piping hot Chinese tea, and proceeded to order dinner.
As we settled in, our waitress brought to the table a free snack to enjoy while we were pondering the menu. I refer now to Exhibit A – store bought fried noodles that looked like they were purchased from Restaurant Depot. Scanning the menu, and looking around at the Asian customers, I got the feeling that this was a pretty authentic Chinese restaurant, with almost a “Flushing” feel. The noodles did not go with the place. Half kidding, I said to the waitress that possibly we could do better with the free snack offerings. She walked away laughing to herself and came back with Exhibit B – peanuts. Serving peanuts at the onset of a meal is a common practice in Chinese restaurants in Southeast Asia. I was happy that I spoke up and maybe earned some street cred at the same time.
EXHIBIT A EXHIBIT B
The decor is pretty plain, not sure much money was poured into the place. The owner and wait staff were really fun and friendly. The restaurant does not have a liquor license so it is BYOB. You might want to check it out on a warmer day; I literally saw my own breath when I made a pit stop to the bathroom.
WUXI RIBS – the ribs were a nice mix of traditional Wuxi style and standard ribs, on the sweet side served with bok choy. The meat fell off the bones. A great dish for starters.
SOUP DUMPLINGS – this restaurant offers free soup dumplings with dinner. Giving away soup dumplings seems to be the latest thing with Chinese restaurants. I guess the Chinese version of Donny Deutsch decided this was a good marketing strategy. We had free dumplings at You Garden Xiao Long Bao in Bayside. The Bayside dumplings were much tastier than these, but heck, free is free!
SCALLION PANCAKES WITH BEEF – I would love to meet the guy that decided to put beef in with scallion pancakes, he definitely deserves the Nobel prize! I had this at a few places and it never fails to excite my taste buds, a must order. Great Chinese finger food with scallions and crunchy beef in a pancake.
SHANGHAI STYLE SOUP WITH HAM & PORK BELLY – this was the perfect night to order soup. It was served piping hot with a nice chicken broth, bok choy, spiral tofu noodles, and big pieces of pork shaped liked freaking Napoleons. YUM!!
SAUTEED CHICKEN – chicken with mushrooms and ginger, really delicious.
YOUNG CHOW FRIED RICE – standard Young Chow with the veggies, nice version.
PAN FRIED NOODLES WITH PORK – thin noodles in a brown sauce. I was hoping for a very thick noodles, but my Chinese isn’t the best. This dish was very tasty though.
SAUTEED CHINESE SPINACH – excellent vegetable dish served with baby bamboo, gotta love those Chinese veggies!
For dessert, they prepared us something special. All those karma points we earned when we asked for peanuts and not the American Fried Wonton Noodles, were paying off! Now comes the audience participation part of our Review. The Manager wrote on my notepad what this was in Chinese, along with the English transliteration. But alas, as I was wrapping up this Review, I used that paper to wrap up some whitefish.
Kudos to the first person who can correctly identify this Chinese dessert ==>
I enjoyed this restaurant, but I probably would not make the journey from Suffolk county just to eat there. I think it deserves another try in a different month, when staying warm is more important than the food in front of you.
A shout out to all of you Nassau county people, give it a try and let us know what you think?
All for now,
Mee Tsu Yan
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Happy Chinese New Year - Gung Hay Fat Choy! This is the Year of the Pig. Learn about all the fascinating Pig Traits and Personality in this guest article by Bernadette King The post GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! The Year of the Pig! appeared first on The Chinese...
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!! 2019 is the Year of the Pig. This article is an update to the July 2014 article.
Pig’s mantra is, “I live to serve.”
You will not find a more selfless soul on the planet earth.
The kindness of those born in The Year of the Pig knows no bounds even when they’re hurt or disillusioned.
This Chinese Zodiac Animal is dauntless in whatever efforts they begin. You will never find them weak or fearful, but even so they stick to making peace wherever and whenever possible.
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.
The main caution with the Chinese Zodiac Pig personality is the temptation to become consumed with life’s pleasures.
The Pig easily loses sight of other things and as a pure soul can be easily manipulated. And while not prone to getting angry for long, a major Pig personality trait is that they become fierce when people overstep defined boundaries.
Positive keynotes for Pig include honesty, honor, courtesy, tolerance and kindness. Pig does not make friends quickly but once that relationship’s forged they’re very devoted and considerate. They don’t give up on friends when problems arise.
In relationship a Pig is very physical and affectionate. They give their heart fully and show their emotions openly, including heartache. These people don’t like deception so they put it all on the table with clarity. The best companions in the Chinese Zodiac for Pig are Chinese Rabbit and Chinese Sheep.
As children Pigs constantly rescue their companions. They have trouble seeing people’s weaknesses and mistakes, so parents have to guide them carefully from potential users and abusers. This child is happy and playful, and not overly concerned with life’s small stuff.
The Chinese Pig’s metaphysical correspondences in this astrological system include the Color Purple, the Direction of North and Number 5 in Numerology.
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