A small group of eaters checked out Laifood, the Taiwanese restaurant on the corner of Prince and 39th in Flushing earlier this week (thanks, guys for posting(:-))This was a nicely laid out restaurant, not lunch-countery at all and the food (Taiwanese) was interesting and good. One of the highlights of Taiwanese cuisine is small dishes often eaten alongside congee (but the didnt serve the yam congee until after 9 pm) so we tried a group of appetizers, which were excellent - standouts were the pork roll, the fried squid balls which were served with excellent seasoned salt and the oyster pancake; the cold seaweed and spicy anchovies were also tasty and the servings of all these items were large. As main courses we particularly enjoyed the unusual flavor of the beef with basil, and the delicate been curd sheet with napa. The spinach shrimp, simply cooked shrimp on a bed of sauteed spinach, was excellent, and the sa chen beef noodle, made with e fu type noodle was interesting and good. The pan fried beltfish (a favorite fish in Taiwan, apparently, served here in several different ways) was simply fried and imbued with ginger flavor. We just scratched the surface of a very interesting looking menu and will be back.
p.s. Laifood is part of a row of restaurants including Penang and an excellent Vietnamese, along with several other Taiwanese places. Some of the others may be worth a visit. We stopped at Fortune Gourmet for shaved ice and pearl tea after - they seem to be serving mainly from a rather tired looking buffet at this point - but I should be fair - it was after9pm and most of the patrons at that point were not sitting down to eat - they were just dropping in for the ice.