Two new Shanghai places have sprung up in Flushing. After trying a few places, had settled on the following two places for Shanghai food in Flushing:
1. Joe's Shanghai across from Hong Kong Supermarket. 2. The take out items at the supermarket Kam Sen (Jing Shan) on 41-79 Main St and Maple.
But a visit revealed two recently opened Shanghai places that show potential promise. 'Potential' because we ended up eating at one but not the other, but we stopped by at the other place and were not diappointed with what we found. And at the place we did go to, we've only been once and we only ordered one dish. But may not make it back to Flushing for a while so will go ahead and post:
1. The first place where we actually ate was at the Food Court on Main (36-58 Main, toward the intersection with Northern Blvd). There is a big sign outside it advertising the new Shanghai place on the second floor. (The sign is in Chinese only.) We were intrigued when we saw the sign and went up to the 2nd floor. The first thing that drew grabbed our attention when we got there was the fresh wonton (hun dun). Some otherwise-just fine Shanghai restaurants in the city serve frozen won ton. We always ask before ordering. But these were right before our eyes and were fresh. So we ordered a bowl and they were as good as they looked. The woman ahead of us ordered a batch raw to take home and cook later that evening.
It is located next to a Hong Kong place, called something like 'C's Tasty Hong Kong' in English. The Shanghai place has no roman lettering anywhere if you can't read Chinese, but there is only one place next to the C's Tasty Hong Kong place, because C's is on the end, so its Shanghai neighbor is easy to find.
2. The second place is called "Shanghai Wei's Kitchen". The take out menu indicates the address is 40-09 B Prince St. It shares a space with a takoyaki / bubble tea place (Nihon-Guangdong fusion?). They are located on Prince, between Roosevelt and 39th or 40th.
The attention grabber at Wei's was the xian rou cai fan (salted pork (like bacon) vegetable rice), advertised on one of the boards in front. We have never seen this dish in NYC before. It is not easy to make. Well it turns out today Wei's wasn't making it either. The quality of bacon is not good enough now to make it well, we were told. Another group of people walked in after us looking for this same dish. We all walked out when we learned they did not have it. On one hand, we were disappointed they weren't making it but, on the other were encouraged that they were not making it with sub-standard salted pork and look forward to when they can hopefully make it well.