Pho Mekong in Queens is a dependable spot for Vietnamese noodle soups, but it's also just one jewel in the crown of a would-be restaurant king. So it isn't really a surprise that its ambitious owner recently added a Chinese annex that serves Shanghai-style bites: soup buns, pastries, breakfast snacks, and cold dishes (pictured) including drunken chicken, spicy beef with tripe, and the like.
Among the owner's half-dozen businesses is longtime soup-dumpling destination Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao; Pho Mekong's version doesn't disappoint. The pork xiao long bao are distinguished by tasty broth and tender, ample meat filling, Peter Cuce reports on Chowhound. (The pho, on the other hand, is hit-or-miss, he adds.) ZenFoodist finds the new offerings highly promising. "Great people. Fresh, inexpensive food," she says. "So thrilled to have yet another yummy food spot from the Danny Meyer of the Flushing Chinese food world."
Pho Mekong [Flushing]
In Murray Hill Plaza shopping center, 156-32 Northern Boulevard (between 156th and 157th streets), Flushing, Queens
Photo by Mark Hokoda