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Flushing - East West Superior Taste

HLing | Jul 3, 2002 02:27 AM

It's a rather awkward name in English for this newest addition to the already hopping section on 40rd between Prince and Main. 135-25 40 Rd, 718 - 321-7300. Open daily from 9 am to 2 am.

There are two main chefs, one Taiwanese, the other Szechuan. Therefore the name East West Superior Taste.

My first visit was for lunch a week after they opened. The Taiwanese Crispy chicken was quite lively in texture and taste, with good mixture of asian basil, white pepper/salt. Not the same old tired stuff. The bitter melon was so so. This was ordering from the very reasonable family style menu where you get 2 dishes plus a soup for $11.95.

Tonight I went for dinner. Determined to try something different, I looked in the large menu. I was tempted to order the special $4.95 introductory dish of the Hakka Fish Head Casserole, where it's just a big fish head that's been dry cooked. But, I went for the stinky tofu with crab(not in English), which was one of the 6 or so specialty dishes that are around 10 to 12 dollars each. It was a beautiful dish. The stinky tofu had been lightly fried. The blue crabs were reddish orange which was matched perfectly in color by the sauce. I also ordered half of a tea-smoked duck. When it came I can already tell by the look of the skin that it's well prepared, although, it's the type that's on the dry side. The flavor is good, and it's not too salty(as most tend to be)It looked as if it may have been deep fried in the final stages, as oppose to the smoked kind. The clam soup, with fine thin slices of ginger was the best I've had in Flushing. The broth have not been diluted, and was so refreshingly gingery without loosing the natural sweetness of the clam.

Being a solo diner tonight made it difficult to try more dishes. I've read that one of the two chefs are very well-known in Taiwan, and have prepared meals for the Taiwanese president when he visited New York. It's a bit tricky for non Chinese speakers to order here, as they're offering some pretty standard stuff as well as some more creative stuff, but the creative dishes are in Chinese only. I hope to try more and report back soon. It is nice that they offer breakfast as well as late night snacks, being open until 2 am. It is a small restaurant, though. So it will be interesting when they get busy.

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