The Food Court(not the ones in the Flushing Mall)at 36-58 Main Street just opened yesterday. It's a two+ story building that's narrow, with different food stations on either side of the hall. First thing one sees is "Thai Food House" which has Thai, but also Yunnan(they call it South China), and Burmese food. It seems that this is a branch of the main restaurant at 144-20 45th ave. They have Avocado Shake, which was delicious, and made me wish I had ordered something spicy. I tried the Yunnan Over-the Bridge Thin Rice noodle soup, and was surprised by the thickness of the rice noodles. They had good texture, though. I was also surprised that there wasn't a layer of oil on top of the soup, which is suppose to be what keeps the noodles hot enough to "cross the bridge....." I'm not familiar enough with Yunnan nor Burmese food to judge. Hope someone else can share their opinions.
Next there's a Beijing place with the northern Chinese breakfast items such as fried crullers, sesame wheat cakes, and the same with beijing sauce, or with beef. The main attraction seems to be their "seared" bread, which looked a bit like the Indian Nan. I asked for the "thin panckae with egg and fried dough stick" but they were out. On their menu was listed something called "pancake with Lard". I'm thinking that this one has the Big Dog's name written all over it :)
They also have various boiled dumplings: Pork with Chinese cabbage Cabbage, Leek, Green Onion. Pork Dumpling with Chinese Celery, Beijing Style Chicken Dumlings, Mutton dumplings with Chinese Scallion, Assorted veggie dumplings, traditional Beijing Style Dumplings with leek, chicken and pork, or with leek, shrimp and pork, or with scallop, shrimp and pork. Some are 5 for $1, some of the larger ones are 3 for $1.
Further in there's a Ramen place. Not the Japanese Ramen, but the northern Chinese ramen. "Ra" here means to pull. On their menu there lists "square shape noodles" as well, but they didn't have any today.(again) Nor did they have the Mongolian Lamb rice. So got a Mongolian BBQ lamb on the stick. As much as I love fat, the meats pieces were too small, and too grisly. I won't write this place off until I try the Beef stew pulled noodles next time. It's what the woman recommended. I'm pretty sure the big piece of dough she was working on is for making pulled noodles to order.
There's a Cheng-Du cuisine(szechuan) that also has a station in the Flushing Mall. Then there's a Taiwanese station, and a Fouzhou station.
Upstairs there are more stations, including a beef/pork jerky place that looked pretty good.
For the first month, there will be a 20% discount on everything, I was told.
Some of these places are obviously new at the bussiness, while others have had experiences. I hope that in a few weeks all kinks will have been ironed out.
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