Flushing, NY food scene: New World Mall feels like China — it’s both yum & yuck

betty ming liu Food 17 Comments

Oh, my goodness. Wait ’til you see my photos from a new, food-obsessed mall in Flushing. When we were kids in Manhattan’s Chinatown, we dismissed this Queens-based Chinese community as a second-rate Chinatown. But Flushing is becoming Little China — which means that a recent adventure there stirred up intense, mixed feelings. The other night, I had dinner with two …

Enjoy a Chinese banquet but boycott the evil of shark fin soup – photo essay

betty ming liu Food, Travel 11 Comments

A typical Chinese banquet can be an insanely delicious 10-course orgy. While I’ve attended a few fab vegetarian versions of this feast, most events are heavy on meat and seafood. Unfortunately, these menus also feature one item that symbolizes the brutality of Chinese food culture: shark fin soup. Chinese banquets go on 24/7 to celebrate just about any occasion. Starting …

Dining tips: how to know which bread plate & glass are yours….old school social networking!

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This post is in the practical advice category. It contains info that I wish I’d had as a young Chinatown ghetto nerd who was trying to figure out mainstream dining. What did I know about bread plates and water glasses? As a kid, the family meal was simply a matter of sitting down with a bunch of bowls, forks, chopsticks …