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.
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.
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