I had a goal of finding some stir-fried chicken or duck feet while we were in Flushing, Queens. I've heard about how wonderful it is the pick the meat off the feet, every bite a little more ducky and fatty - it sounded amazing. So when we stepped up to the stand and ordered four "Duck Feet" for $1.50 each from the aged Chinese lady, she surprised us completely. The woman pocketed meaty oysters of duck meat with crispy skin into fluffy steamed bread, added shredded cucumbers and scallions and squirted a healthy dose of sweet hoisin/five-spice sauce on top.
These, my friends, started the day off right. These little "duck feet tacos" as we dubbed them, won the title Best Street Food of the Day.
We ducked (pun intended) into what was labeled a "mall" but what was actually a Chinese food paradise. This is what we found (above). And this...(oh, my..)
At Tai Pan, a Chinese bakery that's made a sweet and savory name for itself, we stocked up on yeasty buns filled with dried, shredded 'pork thread' and sweet pastries including famous egg custards and sweet taro pastries.
Tai Pan Bakery, 3725 Main Street, Flushing, Queens
Before we took the train out of Flushing and into the city to meet our friend Van, who flew in from North Carolina, and to eat some more (tomorrow's pictures!), I got a little over-zealous and ordered something cool-looking but not so tasty (at least to my ignorant American palate). I generally LOVE food-on-a-stick, but these fish balls, gelatinized fish meatballs, dipped in fiery sauce and served piping, were just too much. I gave them to my Cliff, who eats everything.
And that's why I love him.