I don't know what this menu from the Chengdu Heaven stall in Golden Shopping Mall says, but I'm pretty sure I want to eat all of it. I will eat almost anything (or try anything at least once) categorized as Sichuan. Bring on the lip-numbing peppercorns.
Dan dan noodles may not look like much. Flat wheat noodles on top of spicy, chili oil-laden sauce and bok choy topped with ground pork. But mix it up...
...and I weep with joy. Every noodle coated in tingly goodness, intermittent bits of pork clinging onto the oily strands, with some slivers of green here and there. It's one of my favorite dishes.
See, everyone's doin' it. YOU SHOULD TOO.
I also want to try everything from Xi'an Famous Snacks. Their menu is easier to figure out since it's translated and illustrated.
I tried a bit of the liang pi, which Joe DiStefano explains is "a cold salad of squidgy wheat gluten chunks and wheat starch noodles mixed with cilantro, bean sprouts, a touch of chili oil and some Chinkiang vinegar." A big honkin' place of chewy spicy goodness for only $3.50! IT IS DELICIOUS. GO EAT IT.
Another thing you should eat is a freshly griddled scallion pancake from the food stalls under the elevated subway tracks on the west side of Main Street (right by the LIRR station).
For scale purposes, here's the folded pancake in Kathy's hands. The blanket of crispy and chewy layers of dough flecked with chopped scallions was shared between more than five people, but I think I ended up eating most of it.
Even though I didn't try it, I imagine this huge ass Taiwanese pork belly bun (courtesy of Kathryn) from Roosevelt Food Court is also something you should eat. Is it a chunk of meat? Is it a chunk of fat? Methinks it's both! Jackpot.
Golden Shopping Mall
41-28 Main St
Queens, NY 11355
Roosevelt Food Court
135-28 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11354