Has Flushing's superior Asian fare ever really been a secret? The cognoscenti have raved about it for decades. Just to emphasize the point, however, the Downtown Flushing Business Improvement District held a food festival celebrating the cuisines of China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea, and India. The event took place Friday, 27 July 2012, in the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Below are some of the highlights.
Video: Introductions and Culinary Highlights
Since I skipped breakfast for this festival, the egg in the Chive Dumpling afforded an appropriate first taste.
Next, the Grilled Pork "Vietnamese Sandwich," better known to you and me as Bánh Mì. It was accompanied by a Summer Roll with shrimp, roast pork, bean sprouts, carrots, and lettuce.
The sushi looked so yummy! I sampled the California Roll and the House Special Salad.
The highlight of the afternoon was the Curry Chicken with Potato over Coconut Rice with Home Style Roti Canai. The harmonious blend of the chicken's curry, coconut milk, and spices, together with the matching sweetness of the sticky rice, and the delicate Malaysian bread, achieved a sort of nirvana on the palate.
I tried a few Chinese offerings at the next table.
To Korea: Jap-Che (stir-fried cellophane noodles with vegetables, mushrooms, and beef) and Hae Mul Pajun (mixed seafood-and-vegetable dumplings).
Deluge (Asian Fusion): Korean BBQ Short Ribs
A pleasant surprise came from the Sheraton's Deluge restaurant. The Korean-style Braised BBQ Short Ribs were tender, succulent, and flavorful. Despite my satiety, I returned in a minute for seconds.
Deluge (Asian Fusion): Chicken Satay
More fusion, sort of …
And some con-fusion. Because it's so difficult to improve upon the French original, a fused adaptation should offer something superbly unique. Though beautiful in its presentation, the Foie Gras Terrine with Berry Compote failed to overthrow Gallic rule.
Mulan (Asian Fusion): Foie Gras Terrine
The Plum Fish Roll offered an innovative departure from traditional Taiwanese fare.
A couple of unique teas, including a Maple Herbal variety, from Rose House.
Finally, the desserts.
Tai Pan Bakery (Taiwanese): Tiramisù and Egg Custard
Dan ta (pronounced dahn·TAH), the classic Chinese egg custard tart, is practically de rigueur, but … Tiramisù?? (No, Emily, it's not Japanese!)
Another dolce with an Eastern twist: Asian-Inspired Panna Cotta (pineapple compote with lemongrass and Thai chili).
Comestiblog wishes to extend special thanks to Messrs. Dian Yu and Rob MacKay.
Flushing Food Festival
Sheraton LaGuardia East
135-20 39th Avenue
Flushing, N.Y. 11354 (map)