Just found out that A Fan Ti has finished their renovations. I've been wanting to go to this place for a long time after hearing all the raves on this board. I found out that this restaurant does not serve the cuisine of Xinjiang but the cusine of the Korean ethnic minority in China (there are 56 minority cultures in China, or maybe soon to be 57 as Jewish is being considered by the government). These people are generally in China near the border of Korea. I only learned this on my second visit, because the place seemed Korean but everyone spoke Mandarin. The male waiter is from Heilongjiang and he told us that this is Chinese Korean cuisine. I went for two visits just this weekend. The menu is all in Chinese and they didn't have an English menu. The waitress speaks a little English and she managed to recommend a bunch of dishes for us on my first visit. Sorry no English translation, but here is what I had:
1. Spicy Lamb dish (its #1 on the menu if that helps). I had many lamb cumin dishes and am pretty tired of them, but I must say this dish is their best and it definitely is one of the best dishes I had so far. Its like lamb with cumin with a ma la sauce on it with onions. Everyone kept picking that dish at my table and it gone before you can say ma la.
2. Spicy lamb soup. They bought out a small gas burning stove and served the soup in a casserole dish. The soup was musky and bland, but they bought out a red peppery sauce. After you mix that in the soup it really added a bunch and made the soup really good.
3. String beans - not exciting but need something to offset all those spicy dishes. They were really fresh and it was a large plate.
4. Lamb Skewers - they are like the ones you get at the cart down the street and they are also $1. I would of got more if I knew.
5. Lamb Omlette - This is scrambled eggs and they put chunks of lamb in it. Its served with a red ketchupy sauce on top. There were some egg shells and it kind of took some of the fun out of eating this dish.
6. Lamb Dumplings - These are good quality lamb dumplings. The spicy dishes can overpower this dish. I would recommend this dish if you had less spicier dishes like their bibimbop.
7.Bibimbop - The waitress bought this out by mistake when we ordered white rice. But I was happy she made the mistake. It was a good quality bibimbop.
8.Potato, Eggplant, and Peppers - The quality was fresh, but I didn't find this dish too exciting. This was ordered on my second visit when I needed a veggie to offset the spicyness.
If you order white rice at this place they give you a mix of crushed corn with it which adds a little flavor. They got a room in the back for larger parties and they seem to run a restaurant across the street that specializes in Cold Noodles and Tofu from what I got from the sign. I found this restaurant very interesting, as there is traditionaly no lamb eating cutlure in Korea and the taste was Chinese. Definitely will try this place again and the place across the street.
A Fan Ti
136-80 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355