There are not many good Chinese food restaurants in DC, so when Marcus and I traveled to visit friends in NYC the idea of going to Flushing for Chinese was super exciting. We ended up at Spicy and Tasty where I had the best dumpling I've ever eaten. The dumpling was served in chili oil with garlic and was filled with fatty, salty pork. We also ordered crab sichuan style; the sauce struck a number of notes: garlic, chilis, ginger, and plums and was topped off with fresh cilantro. Although the sauce was good enough to drink, it made it difficult to break apart the crab. We did a lot of sucking on shells and finger licking.
We also tried a whole fresh fish, fish filet, and frog. I should say that Marcus tried the frog; the rest of us stayed on the sidelines watching in horror. I have to give my friend Kadija credit, she asked Marcus for a piece and was about to try it, UNTIL she saw an eyeball looking at her. She then screamed, "it's the face" and THAT put an abrupt end to her Bourdain style adventure.
After dinner we went to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and then went to Little Italy for canolis at Ferrara.
Canolis are another food item that are hard to find in DC. In fact, I can't think of one bakery that sells them.
Where are all the canolis?