Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Flushing, Queens: Yum Yum Dim Sum

After my last post, you will know why, when my friend Peggy, who grew up in Flushing, Queens, suggested a day out there centered entirely around eating, I jumped at the opportunity.

Our first stop was her parents’ bakery, where we sampled green tea roll cakes, Chinese sponge cake, and mooncakes with red bean filling and even got to go into the back to watch the bakers at work.

For our next course, we pointed and chose steamed pork buns (cha siu bauu), dumplings (suimai), sesame seed balls (jian dui), and even chicken feet from the rolling dim sum carts at East Manor.

Charlie tries a "grass jelly" or lychee drink

Trying chicken feet for the first time. Please cue up the "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips" song in the background...

Stuffed with dim sum, we then hit Gold City, a Chinese supermarket nearby, and stocked up on all sorts of Asian snacks like pocky (a sort of pretzel stick coated in chocolate), lychee and sugar cane juiceboxes, Hello Kitty animal crackers, and muscat gummy candy.

Winter melons

Exotic fruit drinks

We spread out our grocery store haul in the grass at Kissena Park, wiling away the rest of our day there, and even had enough snacks to bring some home to Manhattan.

Eating Your Way Through Flushing, Queens

Yeh’s Bakery, 5725 Main Street, Flushing, New York 11355, (718) 939-1688

East Manor, 46-45 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11355, (718) 888-8998

Gold City Supermarket, 4631 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11355, (718) 762-7688

Kissena Park, bordered on the west by Kissena Boulevard; on the north by Rose, Oak, Underhill, and Lithonia Avenues; on the east by Fresh Meadow Lane, and on the south by Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing, New York, http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/kissenapark


  1. I am extremely envious of your proximity to good dim sum. Although there used to be a good dim sum place in Glen Burnie, MD (go figure), the proprietors of the business decided to go with the less popular and, ultimately, less profitable Italian seafood restaurant. Almost needless to say, it went out of business, mostly because those of us who went there expecting dim sum were so disappointed to find it had become Italian, that we boycotted it. Great blog, BTW.

  2. If I were to ask you what chicken feet taste like, would you say, "tastes like chicken?" Wow. I am way-impressed with this culinary adventure, Jennifer!

  3. I don't think I would have followed you down the chicken feet path, but I admire your adventurous spirit! (I would have tried everything else, promise!)