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Soy Bean Chan is a place I love, I basically always stop here when I’m in Flushing. It specializes in soy bean products such as soy milk (dou jiang) and silky tofu (dou hua). They have a few other offerings, but the main reason to come here is for their soy bean products.
The “store” is a stand that is set up on the side of a flower shop. The story goes that a long time ago it was just a stand, but it was so popular and did so well that eventually the owners made enough money to open the flower shop. However, they kept the stand as their customers loved their products. I am certainly glad they kept the stand open.
On my latest trip though, I came for one reason which was because I really wanted to report on their xian dou hua (salty silky tofu), I’ve had it a couple of times before, but it had been a long time since I’d had it and I thought it was something people should know about as it’s difficult to find anywhere in the US.
- Xian Dou Hua (Salty Silky Tofu): Tofu comes in various grades based on its consistency ranging anywhere from silky to very firm. This tofu is silky meaning it’s very delicate and soft to the point where if you simply press on it with a spoon it falls apart. The quality of the tofu at Soy Bean Chan is excellent, it has great consistency and the flavor is very clean tasting. It is prepared here by putting it in a small plastic container and then topping it with a mixture of soy sauce, pickled vegetables, chilis and scallions. The saltiness of the soy sauce, the slight spice of the chilis and the crunch and slightly sour flavor of the pickled vegetables goes so well with the tofu. I really liked this and I would highly recommend trying this. 8.75/10
- Tian Dou Jiang (Sweet Soy Bean Milk): This is their regular sweet soy bean milk. We got it cold because it was hot out although I do like it better hot as you can taste the soy bean flavor better when it’s hot. The soy bean milk was good as always, very clean tasting, not chalky at all and you can actually taste the flavor of the soy beans; far superior to most of the soy bean milk you get in NY. Make sure to specify whether you want a) it hot or cold and b) sweet (they won’t make it sweet unless you specify it). Also, make sure to mix up the soy bean milk once they put the sweet syrup in otherwise you’ll end up with part that is very sweet and part that is completely not sweet. 8.25/10
I love specialist who make a few things really good and stick to that. I always complain that the US Chinese restaurants don’t have enough of these specialists like they do in Asia, so it makes me happy to have a place like Soy Bean Chan that does things just right. I highly recommend stopping in.
Soy Bean Chen
135-26 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354