Food: Queens Edition

Queens is not the closest location from Brooklyn.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Needed an excuse to go all the way to Flushing to wander around.

Beef & Chili Pepper Noodle Soup

This was very worth the trip here. It wasn’t very spicy at all, despite the name. It would be considered your typical beef noodle soup (niu rou mian). Broth, noodles, and toppings were all excellent.

Xiao Long Bao

What the restaurant has in it’s name. Size-wise, definitely larger than xiao long bao’s you may be used to. Which means the amount of meat and soup you get is more than you’re used to in a bite. Would definitely recommend these.

I also ordered some shao mai (not pictured) that wasn’t exactly what I expected. I was expecting HK style pork and shrimp shao mai, but got Shanghai-style which has lots of luo mi (sticky rice). It turned out OK, but I wouldn’t order it if I knew what it was.

Tai-Pan Bakery

Walked around Flushing, relying on my Yelp app. It’s funny, before I’d almost never use Yelp, but now it’s good to have in a completely new place. As long as the reviews are above average and have reached critical mass (not just 2 reviews), it’s good enough of a sign to give the place a try.

Neapolitan Cake

Very good texture and flavor. Not too sweet, but good. Interesting since normally I’m not a fan of these frilly cakes, but this was good.

Egg Custards

This is a staple, rich and unhealthy pastry. Pictured from top right, clockwise: (1)Portuguese, (2) Traditional, and (1) Almond. The almond type is unique, I haven’t heard of it before. You can’t go wrong with the traditional egg custard.

Everything Bagel with Bacon Scallion cream cheese

One more thing:

At Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee, I picked up an everything bagel. The bagel was completely overshadowed by the deliciousness of the cream cheese. Bacon Scallion cream cheese? How could anything with bacon not taste good?

This was very delicious, and I’m sure I could pick just about any bagel and put Bacon flavored cream cheese and it would come out OK.