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Relive or experience for the first time the life in Chinese cities right in Queens by walking around Main Street near the Flushing RR station. Not only do all the stores have the Chinese Characters on Signs and Streets, but the clientel, employees and most vendors speak very little English. You'll find yourself on a weekend so fully surrounded by Asians that you would be sure to comment that it just doesn't feel like you are still in the States. The sights, sounds and smells are so familiar and similar to a Chinese shopping area.
Shelves are full of exactly the same products found in a typical Chinese city and the restaurants will often serve dishes prepared exactly as in China, except that most dishes have extra veggies and meat beyond what is usual in China. You can slip into tiny mom and pop places for fast service of typical small dishes found in many areas of China. If you have a preference for a certain style, you can ask for directions to restaurants that specialize in that style. These places will have exceptionally inexpensive items and treats not found in the typical American/Chinese restaurant found outside of a Chinatown experience. If you want more ambiance then just look around for the fancy restaurants and you'll find great dishes and atmosphere, but a little higher price. And for those on the run, there are several vendors just behind windows or inside the entry areas of restaurants with piping hot dishes full of food that can quickly be put in containers and you are off for a picnic in the park, snack on your walk or a quick dinner at home.
Enjoy eating and remembering FuZhou, FuJian Province, style foods and you can visit one place that serves Xiao Long Bao, a bamboo steamed collection of small buns with a meat and vegetable combination inside and a bowl of Guo Bien Hu, a soup make with rice flower noodles and oyster/shrimp flavored base. Add to this homemade You Tiao, oil fried sticks of bread, or a Bing, round fried bread with veggies inside. All very inexpensive yet can be nicely filling, and all are very mild tasting dishes without lots of spice.
If Chinese food is not your cup of tea, then check out going a couple of blocks east and more toward Northern Blvd. and you'll be in the middle of Korean shops and restaurants. In fact for several miles along the Northern Blvd. you will find many places catering to the Korean community. A couple of great Korean restaurants that are inexpensive and serving traditional Korean dishes are on or near the corner of Union and 37th Avenue. The staff may not be able to speak English, but just point to what others are eating or go by the menu that does have both Korean and English names. Again, you can look around for more expensive places where more English is spoken or just join the all ethnic clients in a small mom and pop place for authentic and cheap eats.
There are some Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants mixed in inside the Korean and/or Chinese communities, but not very many and not all concentrated in a group.
This makes a nice few hours of walking and some great eating. You can drive there and take main street north off the Long Island Expressway or even ride the subway to Flushing.