Individually, in the past, some members of The Chinese Quest had ventured in to the Food Court on the lower level of the New World Mall Food Court, in Flushing, New York. Like a typical food court you’ll find in any mall, there are stall after stall of different foods. What separates the Food Court at the New World Mall is that each stall offers Chinese food. Every imaginable type of Chinese food. From dumplings, soups, hot pots, bowls, prepared meals, desserts, literally a potpourri of Chinese dishes. Walking through the Food Court I imagine is what it would feel, and smell like, if one walked through an old Village in China.
The first time you enter you would be totally overwhelmed by all the choice, colors, aromas, and by the mere fact that pretty much every sign was written in Chinese. I didn’t count, but there had to be at least 30 stalls in the Food Court. Could have been more!
So, The Chinese Quest patiently waited for the moment. The moment when they could be prepared to go together. What The Chinese Quest needed was an “Insider”. Someone who spoke the language. Someone familiar with the lay of the land. Someone local… who would blend right in… and help us decipher the plethora of choices, and give us the opportunity to truly sample The Food Court at the New World Mall.
When we dined at Chef Wang’s in New Hyde Park, we befriended, and then enlisted such an insider. One of our servers there just so happened to live in Flushing. And she was intrigued by our Quest. She readily agreed to be our Insider. Thank you Zoe!
Unfortunately, Mee Tsu Yan was unable to join us this evening, but vicariously he kept up with us via our Group Chat. But, clearly he missed out on the sights, sounds, scents, and tastes, of all the delicious foods we sampled.
By the time we took a quick tour of all the offerings, our eyes were bigger than our already gaping bellies. We were hungry, and we needed to eat NOW! Our first stop was Laoma Ma La Tang.
Where we got to choose our proteins. We chose Shrimp (in the shell), beef, pork, chicken, fish, and then a whole bunch of vegetables. You also chose the level of spiciness. Not knowing what we were in for, we asked for it to be prepared “medium”. And in less than ten minutes or food was ready. The concoction is called Hot-Spicy Pot. The end result was an amazing amalgam of flavors, tastes, aroma, and spicy for sure. Thank goodness we didn’t ask for “hot”!
Then it was time for some dumplings. We opted for Pan Fried Pork Bun. They were FABULOUS!!
Of course, we HAD to have some of the fresh hand made noodles and some crab. The noodles were yummy. The crab, umm, inedible.
Finally it was time for something to drink, and then off for our just desserts… umm, Carvel!
A few more pictures of some of the stalls and sights:
Though before we left we managed to catch a glimpse of them making dumplings in one of the stalls:
Depending on what season of the year, the food choices can be different. For example, in winter months, you’ll see some of the stall offering Hot Pots (where you literally choose what you want, and cook the dishes at your table), and eat family style. The bring out special tables which have the burners built in to them. So no matter whenever you visit the Food Court at the New World Mall in Flushing, NY, you’re guaranteed so have an authentic feast that you’ll never forget!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)