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Yi Jia - pretty decent Taiwanese in Flushing

Lau | Jul 29, 200907:36 PM

So I went to Yi Jia last sunday with some friends since I had a car again.

Yi Jia is on Kissena between 46th ave and Laburnum, across from the Golden Super Market and the sign is on the second floor, so you need to look up. There are two floors, definitely sit on the 2nd floor. The 1st floor looks like a typical dingy chinese restaurant, the second floor is much nicer, sort of dark and reasonably nice especially for a flushing restaurant. They have karaoke there, I think they actually had a hired singer, who was singing the whole time (she actually wasn't that bad).

The menu says its some sort of shanghainese menu, but the back half is all taiwanese dishes.

Here's what we got:
- liang ban huang gua (cold cucumbers): these were just so so. I thought they were kind of plain. Normally, they're in sesame oil, sometimes with chilis. These had some sesame oil, but they were sort of lacking any saltiness at all and just sort of tasted like cold cucumbers
- san bei ji (3 cup chicken): this was pretty good albeit a pain in the ass to eat. It comes in a clay pot and its pieces of chicken on the bone in a sauce made out of soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. It's a very classic taiwanese dish. The sauce was very good, not overly salty or gloppy or anything like that. The chicken was nice and tender. The only issue was the way it was cut was sort of hard to get at the meat.
- xiang gan rou si (shredded dried tofu and pork): my friend always orders it, she's obsessed with it. The version here is good although not my favorite, i prefer it spicier and its not that spicy here. It's shredded dou gan (a dried smoked tofu) and shredded pork that's been stir fried. Normally, they put some chili peppers in it which makes it better, they didn't really do that here which was my only real knock on the dish
- kong xin cai (water spinach, a type of chinese vegetable): this was very good, kong xin cai is a type of chinese vegetable that is sort of like spinach, but better. Served very simply sauteed in oil and garlic. Very simple, but executed very well
- chou dou fu (stinky tofu): this was decent, I don't think i've ever had a good version outside of street markets in taiwan, but this was massable. Hit it with some chili oil and put some pao cai (pickled vegetable) on it and it was good to go
- bao bing (shaved ice): surprisingly this place has the finest shaved ice i've had in NY, but a long shot, it was very powdery. The toppings we got were just ok though (red bean, green bean, condensed milk and black jelly)...if they had better toppings this would be the spot for shaved ice b/c the shaved ice is so much better than the other places

Overall, another pretty decent, but not great taiwanese restaurant in Flushing although I feel like there maybe other good dishes, my friend asked her mom and she said that it's "bu cuo", which literally means that its not bad, which coming from her means its pretty good for most people (very picky about taiwanese food)

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