The Chinese Quest demonstrated their versatility this evening, by pivoting on a dime and making, what turned out to be, a very inspired choice last night to dine at “Fu Run Dong Bei” Chinese restaurant in Flushing, New York. The restaurant is known by it’s more informal name, “Fu Run”. Whatever you want to call it, put this on your list of must eat Chinese restaurants!
We were accompanied this evening by Mee Tsu Yan’s friend, Mee Mah Thoo, who quickly demonstrated his knowledge of Chinese food, and sharp sense of humor. He fit right in with us Mee’s!
Though the restaurant is tucked away from a lot of the hustle and bustle of downtown Flushing, Fu Run has quite the reputation among fine lovers of Chinese cuisine. Like us now too! Fu Run, specializes in the food of northeastern China in a region called Dongbei and is located at 40-09 Prince Street, Flushing, NY 11354.
A-Rated by the Department of Health, we quickly claimed the last table in the house. And just as quickly, we were waited on superbly by owner Tina Zhang’s waitstaff! They were very forthcoming with their recommendations and served us up a meal that represented all of their offerings quite well.
Authentic Chinese Food at it’s Best
No BBQ Spareribs on their menu. No sirree. This was the real deal. The kind of Chinese food that we have sought out on our Quest.
We started off with four dishes (Bonus Dining Tip: Don’t order everything at once, or you’ll get served all the dishes at the same time, and you’ll feel rushed and not be able to discern the difference between each dish):
Sizzling Beef – This, I must say, was OFF THE HOOK! Oh my goodness, the beef just melts in your mouth. The green and red peppers cooked just right. Just listen to that sizzle!!! (Turn your volume up, click on the video, and make sure you have a drool rag in place).
Ma Pu Tofu with Minced Pork – Truth be told, as you know, I’m not a Tofu fan. I tried it, just for the sake of thoroughness, but I find the consistency jello-like. The other Mee’s were quite fond of this dish.
Sliced Fish in Fresh Hot Peppers – This was Questie worthy. Just lovely. Tasty. Spicy. Melt in your mouth fish that we couldn’t get enough of. This was the dish that we scarfed down faster than any other. Put this on one your list of must try dishes here.
Sauteed Pea Stem with Garlic – We do love our veggies. This was quite nice with just the right amount of seasoning and flavor.
We were then ready for three more dishes:
Muslim Lamb Chop – This is their signature dish. When the dish arrives it looks like a pile of cumin seeds. But underneath is a rack of lamb chops that were roasted to perfection. Maintaining a succulent juicy flavor, that nicely offset the dry rub of the cumin. WOW!
Spicy Sliced Pork – This was by far, my least favorite dish of the evening. Though the pork was surrounded by red chili peppers, I felt that the pork had no flavor and was dry.
Sauteed Watercress with Garlic Sauce – This dish was very similar to the Pea Shoots. We probably should have tried a different vegetable just to get a different taste in our mouths.
At this point we were totally stuffed and sated, and were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of the bill. When you’re looking for really good Chinese food, and you are in the vicinity of Flushing, New York, do put Fu Run Chinese restaurant in to your personal GPS and enjoy a great meal.
Our rating of Fu Run:
No fortune cookies. No oranges, but that’s ok. We needed some ice cream in the worst way, and, at the suggestion of Mee Mah Thoo, we tried Shaved ice cream… The Chinese Carvel!
My suggestion? Stick with Carvel Ice Cream!
On the way out the door, I conferred with Fu Run’s owner Tina Zhang, and did confirm that the restaurant that is currently under construction on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, New Fu Run, is in fact their restaurant. Promising the same menu. We promised Tina that we would be there for their Grand Opening. Can’t wait!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)