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Alley 41 in Flushing

chefdekoven | May 17, 201810:09 PM

I found my way to Alley 41 in Flushing tonight. I was by myself so I was not able to eat much, but I wanted to try it as I had heard it was good from a couple of different sources. It is on 41st Avenue between Main Street and Union. A block I find to be one of most Chinese seeming blocks in all of Flushing if that makes sense. I was also intrigued by He Nan Hui Mein on the same block. Maybe I will go next time. Anyway, I only had two dishes. One was a molded cold vegetable dish served with "special white sauce". It was cold and tasty with a distinct Wasabi / Horseradish flavor. There were peas in it, even though they were not mentioned on the menu and weren't in the picture. It said green beans. That would normally bum me out, as I don't love peas unless they are very fresh and virtually raw, but in this dish it wasn't a problem. The flavor reminded me a lot of the snow cabbage with pressed tofu you will find in virtually all Shanghai and Szechuan vegetable tables, but with that little wasabi kick which seemed to obscure the pea flavor. It was fresh, and tasty. The other dish I had was Flounder Fillet in Spicy Garlic Sauce. This was a really delicious dish. I don't think I have ever tasted a Szechuan "red sauce" that was as good. The spice was just right for me and there was just the right amount of sour, sweet, and salty to balance it out. The fish has a light batter on it. I generally hate batter because it is usually too thick, and it tends to drink grease. This was very thin and helped the fish stay hot and crispy for an amazingly long time. I was really impressed with this dish. It says a lot that I didn't realize it was fried, but when it came and it was I still relished it. I should also mention the service was quite nice, and the restaurant has lovely decor. Even the tea pots were brushed metal with wooden handles. That said, I was not in love with the tea, but it grew on me. Anyone else try this place? I wold love to hear so more thoughts.

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