Here is another from PP and my annual foodie trip to NYC. This time, we even expanded out to Flushing (a good 45 to 50 minute subway ride from the city) just to try some supposedly really good Chinese food. This brought us to Nan Xian Dumpling House, where the good xiao long baos are rumored to be. If you know me, I’m a sucker for dumplings. If I see dumplings on the menu, I will have to have it.
We arrived at Nan Xiang even before they opened for the day (yes, we set out at 7am! The longer you’re out, the more food you can try!) and were the first customers there. The place filled up quickly, and while the service was spotty at best (it is a Chinese restaurant and Chinese restaurants are not known for their service), the food more than made up for it.
Sweet Soy Bean Milk – $1.25: Always start the day with soy bean milk! Just like back at home. This one was great. Not too thick, but not too watery either. If anything, I would have preferred it in a cup than in a bowl, but it seems that soy bean milk gets served here (in the US) like soup rather than a drink. Yummy!
Scallion Pancake – $4.25: Instead of fried dough sticks (you tiao) that usually goes with soy milk, we decided to try a different fried dough–scallion pancakes. The scallion pancakes here are the best I’ve ever had. So deep fried and so crispy! It was really light and crispy when it first came, but eventually became quite oily and soggy. The first bite was the best, but it didn’t last.
Xiao Long Bao (Pork Soup Dumplings) – $5.75 for 6 dumplings: I was really excited for these, but was a little disappointed after trying them. The skin was thicker than what I like, and that was a big strike for me. The meat stuffing was delicious and there was a lot of soup in each dumpling though. In general, if the skins were thinner, they would have been great.
Xiao Long Bao with Crab (Crab and Pork Soup Dumplings) – $6.50 for 6 dumplings: As above, the skins of the dumplings were thicker than what I like. These with the crab had little difference from the pork ones. There were some crab that I can see, but flavor wise, they were the same. I suspect that the soup used for both dumpling varieties are the same.
Here’s my foodie in crime, PP!
Overall, while I think the food is okay, it is nothing really special. Definitely not something you want to make a trek from the city for, because there are other great places to eat such as Shanghai Cafe and Joe’s Shanghai. Was I a little disappointed? Yeah. 😦
Nan Xiang Dumpling House
Address: 38-12 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
Telephone: (718) 321-3838
Hours: M-F | 8am – 11.30pm
Sa, Su | 8am – 1am
Price Range: $ ($0 to $10 per person)
Overall: Just okay.