Some Bridges Can’t Be Crossed | Deng Ji Noodles, Flushing, Queens

Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线) | 46-22 Kissena Blvd | Flushing | Queens | NYC

Sunset Park’s Yun Nan Flavour Garden is one of my go-to spots for affordable, high quality, flavorful Chinese food, so I was excited when a review of an unknown-to-me Yunnan restaurant, Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线), popped up in a Flushing blog a few months back, especially since there are very few places showcasing that region’s food in the New York City area.

Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线) | 46-22 Kissena Blvd | Flushing | Queens | NYC

This past weekend, a friend and I finally made it out to Flushing’s Kissena Boulevard to kick the tires on Deng Ji Noodles. Save for cold appetizers such as marinated cucumber, black fungus, and preserved egg, their menu consists almost entirely of variations on the theme of Crossing the Bridge Noodles (过桥米线)- in an array of sizes, combo deals, and a la carte offerings.

Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线) | 46-22 Kissena Blvd | Flushing | Queens | NYC

At the urging of the waiter, we opted for the Sweethearts GuoQiao Rice Noodle for 2 ($19.99), which includes two portions of rice noodles and a couple of plates arrayed with disappointingly generic-looking ingredients such as fake crab legs, all of which are dumped into a large bowl of steaming, milky broth.

Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线) | 46-22 Kissena Blvd | Flushing | Queens | NYC

Although not terrible, there is nothing especially rewarding about Deng Ji’s take on Crossing the Bridge Noodles, which consists of a one-dimensional chicken broth populated with off-the-shelf ingredients. The best part of the two person package deal was the included seaweed appetizer, but it’s not quite enough of a pull to make me want to return.

Deng Ji Noodle House (云南过桥米线)
46-22 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, Queens, NY 11355

Ridgewood, Queens Cafe Roundup

Topos Bookstore Cafe | Woodward Ave | Ridgewood | Queens | NYC

I recently wrote a coffee house overview of Ridgewood, Queens for About.com. It’s the second of a series that will eventually cover the entirety of the borough. The first piece was about Astoria, a much easier place to find a good cafe than Ridgewood.

Eating Vietnam

Vietnam Street FoodPhoto by Premshree Pillai

My pal Premshree Pillai just published a gorgeous treatise, Part 1 in a series, about eating street food in Vietnam. He and his fiancee spent six weeks traveling around Southeast Asia, with a good hunk of that in Vietnam. He’s a wonderful writer, and his photos remind me of those from my all-time favorite food blog, Eating Asia.

Chinatown’s 69 Bayard Closing

69 Bayard Restaurant | 69 Bayard St | Chinatown | NYC

While not a bastion of world-beating cuisine, Manhattan Chinatown’s 69 Bayard Restaurant certainly has a flair all its own. If you wanted tolerable late-night Chinese food – not all that easy to come by in that neighborhood, 69 Bayard was the place to find it. Where else could you find a table of cops next to a table of party girls next to a table of gang members? I haven’t been in years, but I’m a little sad to hear that it’s closing its doors this coming Saturday.

Sunset Park Cheong Fun Specialist

Hong Kong Dim Sun | 777 60th St | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Yesterday I spotted Hong Kong Dim Sun [sic], a new restaurant on 60th Street, not too far off the corner of 8th Ave in Sunset Park. Closer examination revealed that the small menu primarily consists of steamed rice noodle rolls or cheong fun with a variety of fillings and a smattering of other dishes including scallion pancakes.

I Bakery | 5922 8th Ave | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Just around the corner at 5922 8th Ave, I Bakery has a comprehensive menu of stuffed, steamed rice noodle rolls plastered onto a fence outside; possibly this is a forgotten signage leftover from when this was Savoy Bakery. Who knew that south Sunset Park was such a cheong fun hotbed? I’ll report back with my findings.

Wong Wong Noodle Soup (旺旺罱州手拉麵) | Sunset Park | Brooklyn

Wong Wong Noodle Soup (旺旺罱州手拉麵) | 5410 8th Ave | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

Unfortunately I can’t always eat my favorite foods at Yun Nan Flavour Garden. Sunset Park’s Chinatown has a lot of restaurants, and I’m determined to work my way through them. Yesterday I tried one of the many Fuzhou-run, Lanzhou style hand-pulled noodle shops there, Wong Wong Noodle Soup (旺旺罱州手拉麵).

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Starting the New Year Correctly at Yun Nan Flavour Garden

There’s no better way to start off a hungover 2016 than by heading to Sunset Park’s Yun Nan Flavour Garden. I grabbed my roommate and a fellow Flavour Garden addict and headed there this past New Year’s Day.

Yun Nan Flavour Garden | 5121 8th Ave | Sunset Park | Brooklyn | NYC

My standard two-person order is: the lu mein combo, which is a cold plate of ears, tongue and unidentifiable (to me) chewy cartilaginous matter served with a spicy dipping sauce; crossing the bridge noodles, a Yun Nan staple that is assembled on your table by the waitstaff who dump fresh beef and lamb slices, thick, round rice noodles, and a solitary quail egg into a steaming bowl of broth redolent with cilantro, white pepper and Sichuan peppercorns; and the piece de resistance, the glorious hot and sour wonton soup.

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