I am retired engineer who loves to cook and also love to eat. I am always looking for great places to eat and when I find one, I share it.
There is an award-winning noodle shop located in the heart of Queens, NYC. I have been coming to this place for years, and it is one of the best. It is worth a visit if you happen to be visiting this area. It is a 4-star specialty restaurant with 1-star prices.
About the Restaurant
The name of the place is Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House located on Broadway in Elmhurst, NY. Not that Broadway, but the main street in Elmhurst, which is a section of Queens County. It is populated by a large Chinese Asian community along with grocery store and fruit stands.
The name of the restaurant is a translation of the term "Old Northern Style." In China, the northern part is best known for their wheat products such as noodles, dumplings, scallion pancakes, and pork buns.
The main feature of this small restaurant is the hand-pulled noodles, which are made fresh everyday. You can actually see how they make it. It's interesting to watch as the chef performs in front of the customers.
Besides the various noodle dishes, they also have excellent pork buns, pan-fried dumplings, and small side dishes such as beef tendon and cucumbers and seaweed. There is a colorful menu with photos of the various dishes.
My Favorite Dishes
The best dish, in my opinion, is number 48 on the menu. It is the egg-sauteed hand-pulled noodles. It is a dish big enough to feed two people for lunch. The hand-pulled noodles are chewy and firm, and the dish contains a healthy mix of vegetables and fried egg. I recommend it highly.
If you like noodle soup, I recommend number 23, beef stew hand-pulled noodle soup. The broth is full of flavor. You will come back time after time.
Great Food and Reasonable Prices
It is not often that you find a shop with great food and reasonable prices. This is one of them that I highly recommend. The ambiance is nothing to brag about, but the food makes up for it. It is low-cost, and you can sate your hunger with less than $5.
It is also great for takeout. I recommend getting the pork bun. You can order them already cooked and frozen. Just take them home and put them in the freezer. A bun makes a great snack when you heat it up in the microwave. Just put a wet napkin over it in a bowl and heat on a high setting for 2 1/2 minutes. It is as good as freshly steamed.
© 2017 Jack Lee
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on June 06, 2017:
Lena, I know what you mean. This place is just a small shop on a busy city street. The customers are all locals and the food is great. Thanks for checking in.
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on June 06, 2017:
This place sounds amazing! And as far as ambiance, I actively *want* a noodle shop ambiance when I'm eating noodles, you know?
breakfastpop on June 05, 2017:
When I hear the word "dumpling" I start to shake with anticipation. I love them, love them, love them!