Flushing’s food-court crawlers have sniffed out a terrific new haunt. At Roosevelt Food Court, an unusually diverse lineup of vendors has street-style bites from Taiwan to Korea to Xinjiang all under one roof.
Temple Snacks, a Taiwanese stall right up front, has gotten the most hound love, much of it for variations on pork belly. One is beautifully seasoned and served with fresh bamboo shoots, “so tender, moist and just plain tasty,” PaMa writes. Another, dubbed a Taiwanese burger, is a generous slab of braised pork tucked into a soft wheat bun with pickled vegetables, peanut powder, and cilantro.
Noodles come in several forms, Arete reports: in thick soup with fish-paste-battered pork or fish, or in the simpler qie-zai style with vegetables. For dessert, try pink rice cakes filled with peanut or red bean paste. The vibe here is as authentic as the food: “The way the staff all spoke Taiwanese and played tacky Taiwanese music in the background just makes me homesick,” says Arete, who shares a translation of the Chinese menu.
Across from Temple Snacks is Eyili Kabab King, a Muslim Chinese stall that grills well-spiced lamb and chicken skewers and also serves nice juicy meat samsas, PaMa says. Ike recommends the rice pilaf, as well as the salad of vegetables and glass noodles that comes on the side. A few steps farther in is Han Song Ting, a Korean-Chinese place where PaMa found a fantastic bing: pork and yellow chive inside chewy, slightly sweet fried bread.
Still hungry? Other hound-worthy stops here include a Szechuan stall that makes good dan dan noodles, a Taiwanese vendor called Wojia Shifang (try the open-ended pork-chive dumplings), and a mix-and-match noodle joint where PaMa enjoyed flavorful brisket in delicious broth. For those put off by the typical grungy food-court aesthetic, Steve R observes that this one is a cut above in decor: clean and well lit, with a pleasant dining area in back. “A nice change from wandering around J&L Mall,” he adds, “but I’ll still miss that one.”
A block north, A Taste of Shanghai has won hounds’ attention with solid renditions of regional specialties. Arete singles out a couple of Shanghai standards: scallion oil noodles and san huang ji, flavorful steamed chicken with a slightly sweet dipping sauce. Fried dumplings are also delightful, moist inside and crisp on the bottom. Xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are decent, Arete adds, though less delicate than those at Nan Shan just up Prince Street.
lwong found the soup dumplings wanting but had better luck with slow-braised pork leg with brown sauce, served over greens—quite good if freshly cooked, a tad dry but still tasty if it’s been around for a day. Another smart order is a casserole of fish head with cellophane noodles, a surprisingly meaty affair in delicious broth. Both are good deals, lwong adds, the pork at $12 and the fish head at $7.
Roosevelt Food Court [Flushing]
135-28 Roosevelt Avenue (between Prince and Main streets), Flushing, Queens
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A Taste of Shanghai [Flushing]
39-07 Prince Street (entrance on 39th Avenue), Flushing, Queens