Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fu Run in Flushing for Western (Not Westernized!) Chinese Food

So for our holiday family meal this year we took a break from cooking and went out to Flushing to eat at Fu Run, a popular Chinese restaurant that's known for some dishes that have some Middle Eastern influences.   The only other place that I've been to that serves Western Chinese is Xian's, and they do it really well.  Fu Run also has a number of lamb dishes that use a lot of spices such as cumin, and one of my main reasons for going there is their much heralded Muslim Lamb Chop (though it's actually lamb ribs).

At $22, you basically get a rack of lamb ribs, fried and absolutely tender, and heavily spiced with their cumin spice rub.  This dish was awesome, and truly unique.  The lamb was fatty and spice blend was rich. It looks super spicy but it's not; it's actually more smoky. Although the flavors were great I could only have so much of this dish and the flavors after a bit got to be a overwhelming.

Here's a close up of one lamb rib on my plate, super tender and the meat just falls off the bone.

Their other dishes were great as well.  We had the fried squid legs with scallions and chili, the fried chilies were great and actually only mildly spicy.  So good when eaten with the salty squid legs.

This dish was supposed to be fish maw, but for some reason we got a pork intestine dish instead.  Still really good though!

And here we have some greens.  Sauteed pea stems I believe...

Fried pork in orange sauce...crispy and the orange sauce is tangy.

The fried fish fillets with chili peppers was good, but it was pretty much the same spice mix as the Muslim lamb chops.

We also got a side of scallion buns.  It had a lot of chives and tasted bright.

Last but not least, we got a tofu and fish casserole, which is more of a soup, with ginger and scallions.
Basically you take the flavors of fresh steamed fish with ginger and scallions and transform it into a rich, flavorful soup.  This was really good and one of my favorite dishes of the day.

So there it awesome holiday meal.  During another earlier visit to Fu Run not too long ago, we ordered two much "Yelped" about dishes aside from the lamb chop dish but were kinda disappointed.
The country style green bean sheet jelly was Ok, just not great.  It's basically a cold salad with a hint of hot mustard.

We also had ordered the "squirrel" fish.  This sounds and looks awesome but basically it's a sweet and sour whole fish.  It is boneless and the fish itself is scored so that it fluffs up when frying.  Very cool but also very familiar flavors.

Fu Run is definitely one of the better restaurants I have been to in Flushing and has some unique dishes you won't find in many other Chinese restaurants.  And yes, they do take credit cards haha, which is not quite common in Chinatown restaurants.

Fu Run
40-09 Prince St.
Flushing NY 11354
(718) 321-1363 

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