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Lao Dong Bei

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44-09 Kissena Blvd. , Queens, NY 40.75388 -73.82241
nr. Elder Ave.   See Map
718-539-4100 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Hours

Daily, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Flushing-Main St.

Prices

$6.50-$21.50

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Unless you live in Flushing, it takes a long time to get to Lao Dong Bei—but it’s worth every minute of travel time. This small, unassuming Chinese restaurant offers an enormous menu of fine Chinese food. English is not a priority among the staff, but don’t let that scare you. The regional recipes from northeastern China use cumin and garlic, soy sauce, and sugar to dish up pork, beef, and fish that has a fresh crunch rather than a greasy chew. The lamb chop in Xinjaing style—which is actually ribs with a crust of sesame and cumin—is perfectly tender all the way through with a savory crust, while the crispy sliced fish is thin and fried in a batter that would make any respectable fish-and-chips joint wickedly jealous. Pork is the baseline for many dishes here, and your choice is really which accompanying vegetable you’d like. The deep-fried eggplant just about melts around the meat, while the sautéed garlic shoots give it a tang that verges on sweet. Stick with the pork over the poultry, but if you’re feeling adventurous, the Vancouver crab is about the size of a football. And whatever you do, don’t decline dessert. Sautéed in sugar and served steaming hot, you quickly dunk your choice of sweet potato, taro, apple, banana, or yams into cold water, caramelizing them into bite-size chunks of candy—cool on the outside, steaming in the middle.

Recommended Dishes

Lamb chop in Xinjaing style, $21.50; crispy sliced fish with cumin, $12.99; deep-fried eggplant with pork, $7.95; fried pork in orange sauce, $9.99.

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