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.

Soft Drink Review: HeySong Sarsaparilla

Details: More information can be found at https://www.heysong-exhibition.com/

Score: 6/10

HeySong Sarsaparilla is a popular brand of Taiwanese soda. The taste is hard to describe. It sort of reminds me of the Malta soft drink, which is also non alcoholic. It kind of tastes like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, but with 80% less sugar. It’s very… malty. I don’t know if I like it or not. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. As an American, I’m just not used to a soft drink that doesn’t have an unhealthy amount of sugar in it. I’m sure there’s sugar in this, there’s just less of it.

Restaurant Review: 8 Pots Mini Hot Pot 8

Details: Chinese name is 锅台式小火锅. Located at 135-23 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/8-pots-mini-hot-pot-8%E9%94%85%E5%8F%B0%E5%BC%8F%E5%B0%8F%E7%81%AB%E9%94%85-flushing

Score: 7.2/10

8 Pots Mini Hot Pot 8 serves a very specific need. Sometimes, I want hot pot, but I don’t feel like stuffing my face at an all-you-can-eat place. Unfortunately, many of the places that aren’t all-you-can-eat are priced about the same in order to get a satisfactory amount of food. 8 Pots Mini Hot Pot 8 enables customers to get a satisfactory amount of hot pot food at an appropriate price.

As far as I know, the only other place that does this in Flushing is Zhang Liang Hot Pot. This place surpasses Zhang Liang as it is slightly cheaper and offers a greater variety of soup broth flavors, where Zhang Liang only really offers one kind of broth.

We ordered the garlic hot pot (cost about $10) and the milk hot pot (cost about $13). Both were fine, though I don’t think I’d order the milk hot pot again. It is unique. Both hot pots come with a bunch of ingredients already included from veggies to proteins. You can add additional toppings which cost from one to five dollars. There are also a bunch of side dishes you can order like sliced beef with spicy sauce, french fries, salted crispy chicken and pumpkin pancake. I didn’t try any of these side dishes so I can’t attest to how they are.

There’s a sauce station that has what you’d usually expect at a hot pot place. The only glaring thing missing was the lack of sesame oil.

The service was surprisingly good. When I go to a restaurant where English isn’t the first language of most employees, I expect a moderate amount of abuse or ignorance from the staff. I didn’t get that here and that means the service here is already superior than most restaurants in Flushing.

The interior is also very clean and modern looking. It was comfortable. There were also plenty of relatively young people here which likely meant this place was “happening.”

Overall, this was a great place to eat and perfect for friends or even a date.

Food Stall Review: Happy Wheelie

Details: Located in the small mall at 136-21 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/happy-wheelie-%E9%96%8B%E5%BF%83%E7%B4%85%E8%B1%86%E9%A4%85-flushing

Score: 7/10

This place is just a small food stall that sells these sweet, dessert cakes filled with some sweet fillings. It’s pretty damn good actually and delicious when eaten hot and freshly made, which they always are since they are made to order. All items on the menu are priced two for $5.

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Restaurant Review: Legend Chicken

Located at 135-15 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is http://www.legendchicken88.com/

Legend Chicken is a new Taiwanese popcorn chicken place. They have a bunch of sides, but I just came by to get some chicken. It was average. They do fry the chicken to order so it’s always fresh, but you do have to wait for it to finish. The price for an order of Legend Pops is around five to six dollars.

Socre: 6.5/10