Red Chopstick is at 136-17 41 ave, Flushing. 718 661 6655. opened daily 11 am to 2 am.
I had the best Fu-Chou Ball soup ("yien4 one2")there since my favorite food stand closed last year. Be sure to get the one that's 12 to an order for $2.50. The pork meat balls are wrapped in the special wrapper made from pounded pork. Similar to a good bowl of wonton soup but with more interesting wrappers. The broth as well as the balls at Red Chopstick is very good.
The Taiwanese Stir Fried Rice Noodle (vermicelli)is pretty good. Maybe a bit more oily than I would have liked, but has a very good fried pork belly and Chinese Chives flavor.
The Sauteed Loofah was well prepared, but unfortunately, like everywhere else, the loofah themselves were not all good- some pieces tasted moldy, and yet you can't tell just by looking. This is a common problem that I don't know how to overcome when ordering in restaurants.
I'm not sure how this place sustains itself. The interior is lots of polished wood, sort of Korean/Japanese like. Very clean and spacious. Yet, the prices are competitive to some of the hole-in-the-wall places. I hope to sample more dishes soon.
Oh, and there's Karaoke in the basement.
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