Lu Xiang Yuan, or Fragrant Shandong Garden (魯香園 - Lu3 Xiang1 Yuan2) is Flushing’s second Shandong restaurant, which bigjeff spotted a good while back. No ideas as to why their bright yellow awning has red signage proclaiming “Hong Shun Restaurant.” Peter Cherches did not like his meal there last March but Joe DiStefano was more affirming a month before that.
I stopped in this past week and while it is not as affluent as M&T, there are enough different items on the menu done decently well. I wanted to try their version of the Qingdao Mixed Bean Jelly but they were out. Settled instead for:
Mountain Yams Stir Fried with Lilies - These Mountain Yams are also known as Chinese Yams (山藥 – Shan4 Yao) and tasted a lot like jicama.
Tiger Salad – instead of using cilantro like the Dongbei restaurants here, they are using Artemisia or Artemisia carvifolia - 筒蒿 - Tong3 Hao1. Earthy and refreshing.
Rose Fragrant Fish – Probably only a dish to be ordered once. Here a fresh fish is steamed, then lathered in crushed peanut powder with mayonnaise on top and covered with rose petals. Might have worked better for me on a deep fried fish.
Open Dumplings – appetizing Guo Tie that are open at both ends.
Spinach Pancakes – perhaps a little bit salty and slightly overdone.
Eggs with Chili Peppers – scrambled with mild, de-seeded fresh green chili peppers and quite agreeable.
Lamb Soup – excellent. This savory soup had lots of lamb flavor, vinegar, scallions and white pepper.
Joe DiStefano’s report:
Lu Xiang Yuan - 魯香園
42-87 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Lu Xiang Yuan
42-87 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
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