Flushing: Best North Dumpling, White Bear Dumpling, Xian Famous Foods, House of Yun Ho at Flushing Mall, Nan Xiang Soup Dumplings, Sun Mary Bakery

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First, read Kathryn’s Chowhound Post here. Her post is more comprehensive than mine would have been, so I shall simply supplement with photos and a few words. My photos are listed in the same order as Kathryn’s post, so read the Chowhound post with my photos side by side, and you’ll get the full story :)

A few Sundays ago, Robyn, Kathryn, Joe, Diana, Greg and I met up in Flushing with empty stomachs and an appetite for dumplings. We found dumplings, oh yes we did, in addition to Mango Shave Ice, You Tiao and Dou Chaing, and the most fascinating Asian bakery I’ve come across in a long time.


Stop One: Best North Dumpling
Pork and Fennel Dumplings


“Aquatic Food and Leek” Dumplings – bitten.

Stop Two: White Bear Dumpling
Wontons in Hot Oil. This was hands down the most visually appealing dish we had all day…

…and easily my favourite! :)


Stop Three: Xian Famous Foods

“Liang Pi Cold Noodles”

Lamb “Face” Salad

“Lamb and Cumin Burger”

“Pork Burger”


Stop Four: House of Yun Ho at Flushing Mall
Kathryn came back with a ton of treats! Clockwise from bottom left: beef patty sandwich, shao bing, sesame seed and scallion bread, you tiao.
Hot tou chaing (soybean milk) – unsweetened

The you tiao is wrapped by a shao bing. Combined, they make a sandwich called “shāobing yóutiáo.” The carb-on-carb sandwich is dipped in hot bowl of soy bean milk. Some people like to sweeten the milk a little, but I just like it plain. There’s also a savoury version of the soy bean milk (it’s super lumpy, almost like congee).
Beef Patty Sandwich
Diana came back with not one but two bowls of ice cream!! Green Tea and Red Bean.
Behold, Mango Shave Ice. With. Plenty of condensed milk :)

Stop Five: Nan Xiang Soup Dumplings

Read Joe’s Serious Eats New York write up on Nan Xiang here. That specific post had me drooling over xiao long baos for weeks!

They may appear deflated, but blame in on the angle at which I shot the photo, and not the dumpling itself :)

Innards

Stop Six: Sun Mary Bakery

Wrapping up the fresh baked pineapple cakes.

Not only were these fresh, but they also had a little, very welcome surprise inside…

…salted egg yolks! This it the first east coast pineapple cake I’ve had with salted egg inside – I’ve found it all over parts of mainland China and LA, but never in Hawai’i or NYC.

I also picked up an (extra-flaky) dan tat…

…and a moist walnut and date cake (it’s labeled as a “Half Sugar Longan Walnut Cake” though there was definitely no longan in the cake). The “cake” is more bread-y than muffin-y, but I actually preferred it that way. And, similar to most Asian pastries this was pleasantly light on the sugar.

And that was Sunday in Flushing. ^_^

Best North Dumpling
35-08 Roosevelt Avenue
Queens, NY 11354
(917) 834-4991

White Bear Dumpling
135-02 Roosevelt Avenue #5
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 961-2322

Xi’an Famous Foods
1-28 Main St, Basement #36
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 885-7788

Flushing Mall
133-31 39 Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 888-1234

Nan Xiang Dumpling House
38-12 Prince St.
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 321-3838

Sun Mary Bakery
13357 41st Rd
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 460-8800

14 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Wow. That’s some thorough eating. I might have to jack your itinerary in the coming weeks/months. If it wasn’t for food I’d have no reason to go to Queens. Those dumplings- the top ones and the soup dumplings are giving me the shakes right now.Great stuff.

  • K and S
    March 25, 2009

    it is so good that you go out in a big group, that way you can try so many different things…delicious post as always!

  • Christine
    March 25, 2009

    When my family and I did a 4 day road trip to the States, one of our stops was NY. Unfortunately, we only went to Manhattan for dinner and then spent a whole day on Liberty Island, which meant we didn’t go in Flushing Mall. You can find me there on my next NY trip – guaranteed! =)~ Christine

  • K
    March 25, 2009

    Those pork and fennel dumplings look absolutely mouth watering!! I love your blog :) <3 K (from high school!)

  • anonymous
    March 25, 2009

    this has inspired me to make a trip down to Flushing sometime soon!

  • kathryn
    March 25, 2009

    You are such a LAZY blogger.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 25, 2009

    Kat!Thanks! Eating out in a bigger group, especially on Flushing trips does allow for more variety ^_^Hey Christine!Yay! Let me know how it goes and DO NOT MISS the soup dumplings and White Bear wonton! :DHey K!Thanks so much for stopping by! And I’m glad you enjoy the blog ^_^Danny!I’ll let you know next time we do one of these adventures – you should join in! :DKathryn!But! But! But that’s because your CH post was so awesome! ^_^

  • Justin Schwartz
    March 25, 2009

    i should plan a trip with tips from this post. thanks.

  • KirkK
    March 27, 2009

    Whoa…talk about a super-sized post! ;o) I know what’s on the agenda should I make it to the area.

  • Joe DiStefano
    March 28, 2009

    Since I live within minutes of Flushing I limit my meals to one restaurant/food court at a time. I’m still amazed by our multi-stop epic eating adventure. By the time we got to Sun Mary I could barely think of food. The pineapple thingies were quite good, but my palate and stomach were so overloaded I had no idea that they contained salted egg.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 30, 2009

    Hey Justin!NP! I’d be curious to hear your thoughts if you follow the same eating path we did! :)Hey Howfresheats!Anytime I go to Queens, it’s always with a heavy food itinerary – dumplings, indian food, or italian sandwiches! ;) Those top dumplings really were some sort of wonderful ^_^Hey Kirk!LOL! You’ve got some awesome stuff where you are, but this was a pretty exciting excursion! :)Joe!HAHAHA. It was, um, quite a bit of food! hehehehe ^_^ We will do it again soon! :D

  • Jamie S.
    April 6, 2009

    I tried to go for the pork and fennel but the gave us pork and dill.. strange but good dumpling filling. Thank you for mentioning White Bear, I visited yesterday and am now OBSESSED, absolutely amazing wonton skins on top of solid flavors

  • anonymous
    June 25, 2009

    Sound delicious! Those pork and fennel dumplings look absolutely wonderful!! my mouth is watering. I love your blog :)

  • JO
    December 17, 2009

    you are a wonderful person

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