Saturday, February 14, 2009

My friend Ben and I ate at the XiAn stall today, at the basement of the Golden Mall in Flushing.  We had the LianPi, cold noodles with chunks of soaked bread in it.  Very odd, but that's xi'an food for you.  The noodles were slick, slightly spicy, a bit sour, and in general very flavorful.  We also had the cumin & lamb sandwich, which was small but dense.  Like all good street food, it's very simple.  Lamb, cumin, stirfried, sandwhiched between two dense pieces of bread.  Both these things were great.   The menu had many other options, included a few variations on what we ate, such as noodles with the lamb & cumin, just plain stir-fried lamb & cumin, and another meat sandwich.

The stall itself was tiny and cramped, and was too crowded.  We had to eat half the meal standing up before we got seats.

After this, we ate some "sumo dumplings" at a little window on the street, and a curious yellow sticky rice with thick pork and dates.

I love Flushing.  Sometimes I wish I lived there, so I can have food like this as a snack regularly.   But perhaps I'd just endlessly gorge on this stuff, and make myself sick.

Today I stopped by the large, modern looking public library there too, for the first time.  It was three levels, and was almost as good as the mid-Manhattan library.  Better looking, but not quite as much material.
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