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Report on Gum Fong (latest incarnation of KB Garden)

Kenzi | Sep 30, 2002 06:33 PM

KB Garden has closed and in its place is Gum Fong which looks pretty much like the old place, but spruced up, a new layer of gold leaf where needed and new uniforms on waiters and dim sum women.

I loved the old KB Garden. I am not expert or great connaisseur of dim sum, but I do love it, and I thought that KB Garden was the best I had had in NYC. I was disappointed that they would be closed for so long and then extended the closing into September, but now they are open as a new place. The food at the new incarnation is every bit as good, though with a few little disappointments that could be easily fixed. A few dishes were cold; this wasn't a huge problem and can be fixed but it was so disappointing to eat their wonderful vegetable dumplings cold. I don't know why the stuff gets cold as I thought the carts had heating elements in them, but I guess not, or else they weren't working. There was a strong smell of sterno in the air as you walked in so something is getting heated! Also a little disappointing was the almond dofu which had a lovely texture but was a little sweet for my tastes. That's just a personal thing.

One of the high points was the turnip cake; this is one of my favorites and it was prepared just the way I like it, kinda crispy on the outside...yum!! Also wonderful were the pork buns which were really fresh and tasty. We ordered some kind of sauteed greens from the menu and they were amazing; they were perfectly cooked, still crispy but not tough.

One of the main benefits of this place is its proximity to several important places that must be visited, listed below:

1. Sago tea shop for delicious bubble tea (on Main Street, I think!)

2. Morning Glory, a huge store filled with all types of Hello Kittle stuff (and not just limited to Kitty and her entourage, including Mashi Maru, Kogepan, Pucca, Blue Bear etc. etc.); two doors up from Gum Fong

3. Magic Castle, a smaller Hello Kittle place, one door up from Morning Glory

4. a Korean Bakery, keep going up the hill after shopping at Morning Glory and Magic Castle, turn left at the first corner, and about three doors down is this bakery; most of the items have names in Korean and English, but the English names are not very revealing; the people who worked there were pretty nice about telling me what was in things when I asked

5. the Flushing Food Court; the food was good but not FABULOUS; go for the experience of it all including the conveyor belt sushi

6. the Flushing Mall (right next to the Food Court) which has more Hello Kitty stores (can you sense a trend here?)

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