Did a little tour of Elmhurst earlier, and stopped in at Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House on Whitney, just north of Broadway. Good pan fried dumplings here. They're much bigger than the ones you can find in Chinatown, like at Tasty Dumpling, Fried Dumpling, or Dumpling House (on Eldridge), so I can understand that they're 4 for $1, instead of 5. Don't feel shortchanged. I also tried the sesame pancake with beef, which I was expecting to be similar to the ones at Dumpling House, but they're different. It's basically a scallion pancake folded over and filled with slices of beef with some hoisin sauce. Not bad. Kind of reminded me of peking duck. While I prefer the one at Dumpling House, this ain't bad for $1.50. The other thing that caught my eye was the beef stew noodle soup that a couple others were eating. The noodles looked fresh (handmade? not sure). Guess I'll have to keep this in mind for my next visit.
Walking around a little, I noticed a couple other options for noodle soups, around here, including a place just down Whitney from the dumpling place, called Chao Zhou Bowl Restaurant. Besides the beef noodle soup, I'm kind of curious about the Cambodian noodle soup (#2 on the menu).
Also nearby is the second store of King Five noodles (the other in Flushing), which replaced Captain King. I've heard some praises about their noodle soups, but I wasn't all that impressed with the one in Flushing. The menu at the Elmhurst branch is much bigger, and seems to have carried on the $6.95 per entree (from a big list) that Captain King also did. I'm looking forward to checking these places out for some noodle soups, but if anyone has some input about any of these or other Elmhurst spots, please chime in.
Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House
86-08 Whitney Ave
Chao Zhou Bowl Restaurant
85-03 Whitney Ave
King Five Noodle