Here is the first post from new Iwantmorefood.com writer Judy Ruminates. Judy will pop in now and again with a review or musing of her own. She is born and bred Queens, world traveled, but more importantly shares the adventurous and inquisitive attitude towards eating that is valuable to this site. She visits more sushi in Forest Hills and Manhattan and more Flushing trips overall than I do, so this should expand the reach of this site. And she just might class up the joint. Enjoy! and give her some feedback!
Categories: Korean, Chinese
Neighborhood: Murray Hill
149-08 41 Avenue
Queens, NY 11355
Out in the middle of suburbia, well, ok, the Flushing that’s east of Main St, is a place called Chinese House. If you happened to be walking by, you would think, OHHH boy! I’ll get myself some beef and broccoli! When you step inside though, it’s all [dramatic pause] Koreans! You think, um…alright…scratch your head and peruse the menu, seeing lots of familiar dishes listed. You finally find beef and broccoli but the price is [dramatic pause #2] a whopping $15!!! [cue Twilight Zone soundtrack] What is going on?!
Despite the name, you are not in a Chinese restaurant. Chinese House serves a uniquely Korean-Chinese cuisine. What is Korean-Chinese cuisine, you might ask? Our organizer, the only Korean in our group, explained that this is food prepared by the Chinese living in Korea. It’s Chinese food with Korean ingredients and an overall Korean sensibility. You will find banchan here, the numerous little appetizer dishes that come free with any meal, and that tell-tale Korean red spiciness in many of the dishes. This ain’t no Panda Express.
This seafood soup was part of the banchan:
Our group sampled a ton of dishes for dinner and I couldn’t even describe what we had half the time, but I can tell you it was plenty delicious. I do recommend the pork belly and the jellyfish with garlic sauce in particular. I expected to recognize more of what I was eating, but to my surprise, only one dish tasted familiar to this Chinese chica and it involved sweet and sour chicken bits 0_0 — Judy Ruminates