Husband and Wife Offal at Flushing’s Golden Mall

At the very beginning of this month, I asked “Where in the world am I?” In case you couldn’t tell from the photo, I was in Flushing, New York. Flushing has become an annual trip Labor Day weekend, and the ideal place to stay (ah, the barebones Comfort Inn has become like home-away-from-home) for food in the area and tennis at the U.S. Open.

We got to eat at a few of our favorite places, and made some new discoveries as well. I’ll post more about the trip as time allows. For now, our first stop after the red-eye and dropping our bags at the hotel was the Golden Mall in Flushing’s Chinatown. We’d heard about the little food court on the ground floor, and were excited to give it a try. Far from fancy eats (the bathroom is best avoided), but if you can stomach it (and also find someone to help with Chinese if you don’t speak/read it, as there’s little English spoken here), there are treasures to be found from various parts of China. The chili oil on the plates of the first place drew me in immediately; I knew it was the Sichuan stall. The first photo above shows fu qi fei pian, or “husband and wife” slices of offal: tripe, tendon and tongue. And lots of Sichuan peppercorn. Beautiful burn in the mouth, and what better way to wake up after cross-country flights? The second photo: dumplings that were similarly spicy, but with a satisfying sweetness to them. Below: the menu, which poses the language challenge!



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