The bad news in Flushing last year was that Gum Fung, a longtime dim sum destination, had steamed its last shumai. The good news is that Jade Asian, which replaced it, may turn out to be an upgrade.
Hounds report fresh, tasty stuff, both standard and exotic. Look for amazing flaky triangular pastries filled with delicious pork and sprinkled with black sesame, chefjellynow urges. Sweet dishes are especially nice. Early hits include pear-shaped potato-flour dumplings filled with sweet egg custard, pumpkin-shaped, pumpkin-flavored rice-flour dumplings filled with coconut, and eye-catching purple-and-white gelatin squares, half taro flavored, half toasted coconut.
Shrimp dumplings topped with crab and shark fin are a sumptuous treat, says Miss Needle, though a relative splurge at $8 a plate. However, Jade Asian also offers an attractive budget option: dim sum at $2 an order on nonholiday weekdays. That applies to just about everything—small, medium, and large plates alike—though not deluxe items such as the above-mentioned shark fin specialty, jessesgirl reports.
“We were big on Gum Fung and very upset when it closed,” says jennielap. “But Jade is absolutely as good if not better.”
A couple of blocks north is another dim sum hot spot called Guangzhou. This Cantonese place, open since summer, hasn’t yet gotten much hound attention, possibly because it’s upstairs. Or maybe it’s the English name, Perfect Team Corporation, which might suggest a health club more than a restaurant.
Reports are short on detail but highly promising. bearmi, who finds the flavors exceptionally fresh, prefers this place over another Flushing favorite, Ocean Jewels. Guangzhou is packed on weekends, so go early.
That English name remains a mystery. bolletje surmises that the kitchen is staffed by a band of superheroes in the guise of mild-mannered Chinese cooks. “Maybe before they send out a big order of shumai they have a secret hand shake and say ‘Perfect Team … ACTIVATE!’”
Across Main Street, another dim sum place, Gala Manor, breaks out of the pack by offering a relative rarity: cheung fun (rice-flour noodle rolls) filled with scallops. Hard to find even in dim-sum-rich California, it’s done beautifully at Gala Manor, says Chandavkl (far better, he adds, than a lame version at San Francisco’s Hing Lung).
Speaking of cheung fun, it doesn’t get any fresher than at Corner 28. Order at the window and the lady at the counter will ladle batter and filling into a small tray, then pop it into a steamer, LloydG reports. Soon after, a perfect, piping-hot rice noodle emerges. Fillings include pork and shrimp. “My breakfast choices in Flushing are expanding—I just hope my stomach can keep up,” Lloyd adds.
Jade Asian (formerly Gum Fung) [Flushing]
136-28 39th Avenue (between Main and Union streets), Flushing, Queens
Perfect Team Corporation (a.k.a. Guangzhou) [Flushing]
136-59 37th Avenue (between Main and Union streets), Flushing, Queens
Gala Manor [Flushing]
37-02 Main Street (at 37th Avenue), Flushing, Queens
Corner 28 [Flushing]
40-28 Main Street (at 40th Road), Flushing, Queens