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Da Jiang Nan Bei (Flushing NY)
||46-20 Kissena Boulevard,|
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Summer Volume: 2011 Issue: 18(2) page: 26 and 27
Here is another fantastic restaurant find, with letters D J D B on the awning,and only its Chinese name on the menu. It serves mostly Shanghai dishes, two hundred and fifty on its menu. This narrow nifty eatery also has a two-sided three-dish-$18.95 menu with fifty-two other selections on one side, forty more on the other. Its front side appears on the back of the take-out menu, a dozen red peppers saying which ones include many chilies.
On a first visit, I go alone and select several from more than two dozen appetizers. Each is half a regular-size portion, each with excellent taste. Have others on subsequent visits and delight devouring Tasty Duck Tongue, Five Spice Beef, and Hot Spicy Beef Tripe. The latter bubbles in a heated wok under a blanket of fresh coriander. A Vegetable Bean Curb (their spelling), is a mis-spelled marvel; it is great, too.
Scallion Pork Chop Noodle Soup filled with lots of meat and pasta is more than three of us can finish for lunch. Likewise on a different visit the Crab over Noodle; and ditto on a third trip with Shredded Frog w. Chives. Clearly portions here are generous.
On still another visit, we bring friends and order Mild Spicy Lamb. It arrives fresh from a deep fryer sitting proudly on a pile of shredded lettuce and red onions. Mushroom in Pot comes with a large team of them swimming with beef strips on a pile of greens. Accompanied by many red hot peppers, they come cooking on a brazier. The aroma is heady and one in our group says "this is a dish to die for." Accompanying it is a scallion pancake we order, not a drop of grease visible, just loads of freshly diced scallions. We down these dishes and think we are in heaven.
Back many times to enjoy half of a juicy bird called Salty Chicken, a pile of Jelly Fish and Pig Leg, Crispy (oil-blanched) Sliced Fish, Salty Egg Yolk with Tofu Skin, a dish of Celery and Lily Root, Watercress in Sha Cha Sauce, and a salty Egg Yolk Warbar. We like them all and recall the last item not seen for many a year. Every dish is tasty and terrific. We return often still wonder why the awning says: DJDB, and not DJND.
Hard not to order every dish we have had once again; harder still to select others. We do a bit of both. Everything on every table looks inviting. When we order one seen that demands tasting, it always pleases.
This four-letter lovable place is across the street from Gold City, our favorite Chinese supermarket. It is shown on their map and really is some blocks from Chinatown. Anyway, we do as experts suggest and stop in for delicious dishes to fill our stomachs before filling our shopping cart at the supermarket. We come almost every week when larder and stomach require attention. We make this place our first stop; you might want to consider doing so, too.