The event was organized by the Flushing Business Improvement District in an attempt to bring more foodies to the area and promote local restaurants.
Each restaurant had their own booth and displayed welcoming smiles while serving their signature dishes. The food was as authentic as you can get without being in Asia.
“You go to a city with a smaller Asian community, you won’t have a lot of people looking for authentic,” said Gary Du, a Northern Beijing native. “So, they would have to compromise and make changes, you won’t have that here,”
Mulan Restaurant added a touch of modern fusion with its dishes, to the enjoyment of one director from the Flushing BID.
“One of my favorite food is from Mulan,” said Bianca Ng. “Chicken apple salad is very refreshing in this hot weather, jelly coconut soup is also good. They were both good because it is so humid.”
Ng also said that the Flushing BID has a few events throughout the year that focuses on the community, and that they are not only about business.
101 Taiwanese Cuisine went non-traditional with a creative dish called the plum fish roll and traditional with a mango shrimp lettuce wrap.
“The plum fish roll is not a regular Taiwanese dish,” said Joanna Lai. “We roll the plum inside the fish, smoke it then cut it. The mango shrimp lettuce wrap is a basic Taiwanese dish. We cut shrimp, carrots and celery into small pieces then fry it, add crackers and then put it all on lettuce.”
Employees working in the area were also glad to be at the event during their lunch break.
“The food is really good,” said Akiko Hamagishi. “We had Korean beef. My favorite was really a dish with noodles, and the tiramisu was also good.”