136-77 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
There are two signs plastered against the window warning people that it is dangerous to enter this restaurant as there are building violations. But with a peek inside, the tables are full and its a Tuesday night. If people are willing to risk their lives to eat here it must be good.
I sat down with a group of friends and we looked inside the menu. The menus here are all English and Chinese friendly and I have to say it was quite extensive. Its not like the menu I got at A Fan Ti which was all written in Chinese. I didn't manage to bully my friends to let me do all the ordering, so I can't report on any horrifying or exotic dishes. There was much I wanted to try, but when the food came I must say I was still very satisfied and have to vote a thumbs up for the meal. Being a prime Hong Kong Cantonese eater, my fixation on Chaoxianzu cusine is probably the freshness of the ingredients and the quality. I can't complain about the bill too ($18 for 4 people ordering the dishes below). You do get good value at these restaurants. This is the new Sichuan for me. I know Sichuan can be quite extensive, but I think I already exhausted my possibilities in NY for now.
This restaurant is suppose to specialize in Cold Noodles and Tofu, but it will be a next visit.
Some of the dishes I had were
Spicy Shredded Pork
Chinese Chives with Scrambled Eggs
Sea Rabbit (which is really squid) with Onions...spicy too.
Spicy Shredded Beef (the beef was like beef jerky and its like the Shredded Pork, but the Pork was tastier)
String Beans with Beef (large dish, they gave it to us on the house as it was a mistake on their part).
Cold Salad with Cucumber and Onions (spicy and I think they put Apple Cider Vinegar for the digestive enzymes)
White rice (this has small red beans in it like you get at some Korean restaurants)
Banchan (mixed dishes of pickles/kimchi like you would get at a Korean restaurant)
After dinner we asked about the violations and the waitress told us they were violations left over from the previous tenant. I didn't get everything but its something in the basement. I don't get it, everyone is at this restaurant with the building violations and A Fan Ti was empty. The funny thing I saw the waiter run from A Fan Ti to this place to deliver lamb dishes. I love both these restaurants and my friends did too. We all will come back and try the other dishes despite what the two pieces of paper plastered to the window says. Man 56 cultures of Chinese food......