Our Chinese New Year Food Crawl (#CNYFC on twitter) was such a blast thanks to this great group of people! Special thanks to my co-hosts Amy Cao and Liza de Guia who make everything more fun! We really really didn’t like turning any one away, but logistically we just couldn’t handle a bigger group. I promised I would post the crawl info so you could all do the crawl too. Grab your own group: we’ve tested this path and it’s the yellow brick road to deliciousness!

Chinese New Year Food Crawl*photo courtesy of Marc Matsumoto

The plan was to start at Dong Yi Feng (Jung Yi Fung) 135-29 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354, 11am sharp I told everyone! Yet, I was late!! In my defense, there was a gas leak so they closed down part of Main Street, right at 37th Ave where Dong Yi Feng is! I had no idea how to get there. As we circled and I panicked, we spotted a police officer who told me what was going on and that in addition to various streets, several businesses were closed. OK, now severe panic! I called Dong Yi Feng and they were indeed open, and that’s when I spotted Liza, Kat, and Brendan. We walked the very long way there together.

Dong Yi Feng
135-29 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

Note that Dong Yi Feng has “Jung Yi Fung” on the sign outside. This is one of those annoying things you just deal with in Flushing — the poor translations and signs. The menus, business cards, and signs all say something slightly different. Once you’ve found it, all’s good, just enjoy the dim sum! I highly recommend the shrimp in rice noodles, shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings, shrimp cake fried in tofu skin, clams in black bean sauce, roast pork buns (baked, steamed, and pastry versions), and you must end with egg tarts!

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*photos courtesy of Marc Matsumoto

Hong Kong Supermarket
3711 Main Street
NY 11354

Our next planned stop was Hong Kong Supermarket 3711 Main Street, Flushing , NY 11354, a local market in the area where you can see the typical offerings of a Chinese Supermarket. I’m not the biggest fan of the fish department in this one, but everything else is good. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go because this was one of the businesses closed by the gas leak.

Apollo Bakery
13536 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

I love Apollo Bakery 13536 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354, this teeny little bread shop. It doesn’t stock as many cakes and pastries as the big chains like Tai Pan and Fay Da but I really love the soft puffy breads. My favorites are the plain white sliced bread, extra thick, and the square pork floss bun with the flaky top.

photo courtesy of Allison Mak

Flushing Mall
133-31 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

The Flushing Mall Food Court 133-31 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354 has several vendors, many worthy of tasting. Xi’an Famous Foods has been written about extensively for their Liang Pi, “cold skin” spicy noodles. The Lamb Face Salad is also out of this world!

Chinese New Year Food Crawl*photo courtesy of Marc Matsumoto

Taiwanese food is still one of the more elusive foods, despite the rather large Taiwanese population in New York. Here, there is a popular vendor (I don’t think they have an English name) with many of the unique delicacies. Try Oyster Pancakes, Oyster Bean Thread Soup, Pork Chop Rice, and Stinky Tofu.

*photo courtesy of Allison Mak

Don’t forget to slurp down some bubble teas, and in warmer weather, the Taiwanese Shaved Ice.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince Street,
Flushing NY 11354

Our last planned stop was Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao 38-12 Prince Street, Flushing, NY 11354. I was hoping that by afternoon, in between meal times, we could grab some seats. Alas, this restaurant just doesn’t have a down time. There is always a wait. You cannot miss the soup  dumplings and the pan-fried pork buns though, so please go, preferably in a party of two.

Thinking on our toes, and because the weather was quite nice yesterday, we hopped over to a few window stops.

The Duck Window
Main Street and 40th Road
Flushing, NY 11354

Patrick and Marc suggested this duck window Main Street and 40th Road, Flushing, NY 11354 and it was a definite hit! They sell different duck themed things and most popular are the $1 duck buns. They are not true Peking Duck but who cares when it’s $1.

*photo courtesy of Allison Mak

Pastry Window
Main Street between 40th Rd and 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

I don’t think this place has a name but between the Duck stall and the Dumpling Window, you might as well stop when you see the pile of sweet and savory pastries. I’m particularly fond of the daikon pastry ($1.25 each).

*photo courtesy of Allison Mak

Dumpling Window
99 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

Our last stop, another window stop without an English name. At least they have some English on their menu now. Look for the red awning and some fried stuff sitting in the window. I recommend the small pork buns (4 for $1.25, such a steal!) and the hot and sour soup.

Chinese New Year Food Crawl*photo courtesy of Marc Matsumoto

Follow conversations about #CNYFC on twitter and read Justin’s post on Just Cook NY. Let me know if anyone else writes a post!!

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