Nan Xiang Dumpling House, or Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao if you prefer the native tongue, is a highly rated Chinese restaurant in Flushing, NY. Recommended by Michelin Guide 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. That’s nice and quaint. But what should really impress is that it’s The Chinese Quest recommended in 2015! THAT should keep the lines of waiting customers out the block for years to come!
Located at 38-12 Prince Street, Flushing, New York, Nan Xiang, as we like to call it, is the first true Dumpling / Noodle House that The Chinese Quest has been to. On the weekend, there’s lines out the door. This Thursday evening the restaurant was packed.
With an “A” rating from the New York City Department of Health, we knew we were entering a nice clean restaurant. And what we were served was an amazing assortment of dishes, that I could best describe as Chinese Tapas. The dishes were small per se. So we ordered a LOT of them. And I mean a LOT! We tried all the recommended favorites. As well as some others that caught our eyes. What follows you might think was more than five, no matter how hungry they are, guys. But, we did. And we hungered for more.
Scallion Pancakes – Think potato latkes. But a million times better. I could have eaten a boat load of these.
Crabmeat and Pork Soup Dumplings (two orders) – Move over Joe’s Shanghai, you’ve got a worthy competitor here. I loved the dumplings. At worst, they were the second best I’ve ever had. And it was too close to call if they were better than Joe’s.
Cucumber & Garlic (two orders) – what a delicious cool dish this was. So refreshing. May we have some more please?
Rice Cakes with Shredded Pork – What an amazing dish! I have never had rice cakes like these. Though, as we could comment in a lot of the other dishes that are still to come, the pork wasn’t plentiful, but it was delicious!
Shanghai Pan Fried Udon – What a wonderful flavor these noodles had. If this is what Marco Polo ate, it’s no wonder he stole the recipe!
Crispy Noodles with Shredded Chicken – Mee Likey! I really liked the crispy noodles. Gave a nice, different flavor and texture from the other dishes that we had.
Rice Cake with Pork, Shrimp, and Fish – prepared in a different sauce than the other rice cake dish that we had. It was good. Perhaps not my favorite.
Seaweed with Garlic – Mixed opinions among the Mee’s. It was by far the spiciest dish we had. As for this Mee, the seaweed could have been left in the ocean. I tried it. I wouldn’t order it again.
Pan Fried Pork Bun – Be prepared to wait. We were told that these would take 25 minutes to prepare. Like we had somewhere else to go? Heck, apparently we weren’t even going to go to Carvel this evening, little did I know! So we waited. I don’t think it took nearly 25 minutes. But, we were stuffing our face with so many other dishes, TEN not counting this one, that what was another dish to us? I really liked this one. It made a nice dessert (until the dessert came) in my opinion. The bun was doughy, and the pork inside was yummy. I think I used that word a LOT this evening.
Then came the surprise. My fellow Mee’s took this opportunity to celebrate this anniversary of my 29th birthday with a Carvel Cake topped with Fortune Cookies (Though Nan Xiang doesn’t serve fortune cookies, apparently they went way out of their way to please, and went over to another restaurant and picked up five fortune cookies to top the cake with!).
Here were the fortunes that were on the cake:
There is no greater pleasure than seeing your loved ones prosper.
Take the initiative and others will support you.
Take advantage of the dynamic energy to better your relationship.
What great things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.
They are never alone who are accompanied by noble thought.
What an amazing surprise, and lovely experience we all had this evening. And the best surprise was our bill. For the prodigious amount of food that the five of us consumed, the bill was incredibly only $83! And that was for ELEVEN dishes!! I would highly recommend paying the world famous Nan Xiang Noodle House in Flushing a visit when you’re in town!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)