Food Stall Review: Dim Sum Garden Express

Details: Here is an unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/dim-sum-garden-express-flushing

Score: 7/10

With the coming of the pandemic, take out now reigns supreme if you want to eat out. As such, all food related business have either adapted to a take out model or gone out of business. Dim Sum Garden Express is a new food stall that specifically does this. Don’t be fooled by the compact nature of the food stall. The dim sum food here is cheaper than almost all of their competitors in the area while maintaining a level of quality about equal with those competitors as well.

They serve your standard dim sum stuff. Steamed roast pork buns, egg tarts, sticky rice rice in lotus leaf and siu mai are a few of the standard dim sum dishes they serve here.

What’s noteworthy about the dishes here is that the taste and quality is about equal to the other, big name dim sum restaurants in the area. What makes this place superior is that the price is lower. Take the sticky rice in lotus leaf for instance. The price of one of these things is usually around two to three dollars. Here, the price is about $1.75 if I remember correctly. That’s the price I used to pay for this item in 2012. It’s a good deal.

Worth mentioning is that like any bakery, the food you get here is best early in the morning and only gets worse as the day progresses. That’s because they make most of their food in the morning and keep it warm and let it sit afterwards. I recommend coming early in the morning if you want the food to be at its tastiest.

Overall, this is an average quality dim sum place with better than average dim sum price.

Food Stall Review: Kingwuu

Details: Located at 135-45 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/kingwuu-%E7%B2%BE%E6%AD%A6%E9%B8%AD%E8%84%96-flushing

Score: 6.5/10

Kingwuu are two food stalls right next to each other. One has been selling things like marinated chicken feet, wings and organs for a while (I imagine these food items are more appealing to people from China rather than Americans). The other stall used to sell fried chicken, but I guess that failed. Now they sell braised and marinated meats. This is a review of the braised meat stall, not he organ and chicken feet one.

I’ve walked by this stall a couple times and I was entranced by the smell coming from this stall every time. The food smells damn good. They have these big pots on display where meat is bubbling and stewing all day.

I’ve ordered from here twice. The first time I got the Taiwanese braised pork over rice which cost about eight dollars. You get a big bowl of rice, a decent portion of bok choy, half a stewed egg and a mountain of braised pork over your rice. This was very good, though it was slightly more expensive than I’m used to paying for Taiwanese braised pork over rice. Then again, the portion was larger than I’m used to.

The other thing I ordered was the braised beef over rice which costs about twelve dollars. This was also good, except that the portion was really small. You get five or six pieces of beef and like the Taiwanese braised pork, half a stewed egg, a decent serving of bok choy, all over a large serving of rice. The taste is there, but the portion was not.

What’s really unfortunate is that besides the Taiwanese braised pork, almost everything here is priced at about twelve dollars, which is not competitive when compared to the other take out businesses in the area. Seven to eight dollars is about right. If they served a larger portion, I would suggest they shrink the portion size and lower the price to something competitive. Unfortunately, the serving size of the meat is already small and shrinking it even more would make the meal more of a snack rather than a meal.

Overall, the food here is good, but the price is not. I would come back here again, but the only thing I recommend ordering is the Taiwanese braised pork over rice. There are some other things that I did not see the price of like the stewed tripe. If those other items are priced and portioned similarly to the Taiwanese braised pork, then they may be worth getting.

Food Stall Review: La Taqueria

Details: Located at 3480 S Maryland Pkwy #104, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Official site is http://boulevardmall.com/directory/la-taqueria/

Score: 6.3/10

I was in the mall for some Escape the Room and decided to eat here. No idea why we chose to eat at this specific Mexican place since there are a couple in the food court.

The mall is a standard American mall in that it’s kind of empty and slightly depressing. The food court was also mostly empty.

I ordered a beef burrito for about seven or eight dollars. It came with some chips. There’s a topping bar with sauces and stuff. Noteworthy is that the red sauce is surprisingly spicy, in a good way I guess.

Overall, the food was all right. This place wasn’t bad or shady, but not going to get no Michelin stars.

Food Stall Review: Mama’s Kitchen

Details: Located in the food court at 8202 45th Ave, Flushing, NY 11373. A Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/mama-s-kitchen-%E8%80%81%E5%9C%B0%E6%96%B9-elmhurst

Score: 6/10

Came here and ordered a white colored spicy soup with fish in it with a side of I think spinach cooked with garlic. Food was just okay. I think we ordered the wrong thing. It cost somewhere between twenty and thirty dollars. We also got some free ice cream because we ordered over twenty dollars… I think.

People working here were really nice.

Based on what we ordered, I would not come back. There are other things on the menu that looked good though.