Rural (興順逹 - Xing1 Shun4 Da2) has now replaced the former Hong Yi Shun at 42-85 Main Street, with a Shenyang couple in charge. Ms. Li (李) handles the front end while Chef Liu (劉) cooked up waves of deliciousness. How does Rural compare to Flushing's other Dongbei spots of Fu Run, Golden Palace and Northeast Taste?
Although Chef Liu definitely has the wok-chops and is a technical master, he may have actually toned things down a bit for us – intimidated perhaps by a large group of strangers who took over Rural (in a nice way of course!) Rural did a very steady take-out business with Chinese customers during our two-hour occupation.
I’ll let the photos in the slide show below do most of the talking. We arrested the usual Dongbei suspects: Sweet and Sour Squirrelfish, Tiger Vegetables, Cumin Lamb, Pork Aspic and La Pi. I think I’ve had enough Squirrelfish for a while!
Major hits were the Savory Cumin Flounder, Hot and Spicy Frog, Dry Bean Curd with Spicy Pepper, Beef Tendon Homestyle and Sour Cabbage with Vermicelli. Ms. Li said they pickle the cabbage for one month.
Several winners were not on menu at all: Garlic Tips with Scrambled Eggs were recommended, as the garlic tips were fresh in. You want them stir fried with pork or eggs? Candied Potatoes were also delivered at the end. Guess they were out of yams or bananas. Yum yum.
Crispy Intestines - 五更腸旺 (Wu3 Geng5 Chang2 Wang4)
The Chinese for this dish is “Fifth Watch Intestines.” Although this was not spicy enough to keep us awake between 3 and 5 am!
Sometimes the word “Sarony” pops up instead of savory on their menu. And pay no mind to the one potherb that you’ll see. Doesn’t exist. But Chef Liu and Ms. Li do and you can pig out like we did for $17 per person – and that included a very healthy tip.
42-85 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355