My husband and I spent a couple of hours in Flushing recently during a short visit to NYC. Having heard that Flushing was the place to get Taiwanese food, we decided to try King 5 Noodle House for breakfast. We shared a salty rice roll (飯糰) and sesame cake with beef (牛肉夾餅). They were both decent, but not nearly as good as what I've had in Taipei. We'll definitely want to try other places for Taiwanese breakfast the next time we're in Flushing.
Based on reviews on this board, we also stopped by Nan Xiang Dumpling House to sample some dumplings. We tried the crab and pork soup dumplings and pork sheng jian bao (生煎包). The soup dumplings were quite good and the soup was flavorful, although neither of us could taste the crab meat and the skin was just a bit gummy at the top. We both agreed the sheng jian bao were delicious and actually enjoyed those even more than the soup dumplings. We will definitely return to have those again, and to try some of their other menu items.
After eating, we took a quick stroll around the area and found a Taiwanese bakery called Yi Mei Fang (一美芳). I was so excited to see they had sun cakes (太陽餅) and bought some to take home, along with a couple of mini moon cakes (one lotus seed and one red bean). This was a mistake. The sun cakes bore no resemblance in taste to the ones I'd had before and the moon cakes were mediocre at best, with the red bean paste tasting strangely of dates. That will teach me to buy from a random bakery without doing my research here first!
Overall, though, it was a successful first trip to Flushing food-wise and we can't wait to go back and try other places.
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