Gastronomic Adventures with Joe DiStefano
Manhattan gets a lot of press, but Queens' downtown Flushing is the most vibrant and diverse Chinatown in New York City, offering a wealth of regional Chinese cookery as well as Korean, Malaysian, and Indian cuisines. Explore the myriad flavors of its bustling streets, food courts, and markets. You'll taste your way through the who's who of regional Chinese cuisine, including the fiery fare of Sichuan, the Silk Road-inflected cuisine of Xi'an, as well as delicate dumplings from Tianjin. Then, visit the neighborhood's famous food courts, restaurants, and hawker stands. Marvel at hand-pulled noodles being made at Golden Shopping Mall and savor creamy dou fu fa at Soy Bean Chen Flower Shop. There will also be a chance to shop at Malaysian markets and a visit to the gigantic Korean supermarket Assi Plaza, and even a trek to the Ganesh Temple to sample dosai.