It goes without saying that wherever I go, it creates a bit of a scene. Being 6’9″, anytime I’m in public, people are staring at me. My brother Ross, who is a bit over 6’9″ (lets call him 6’10”), lives in New York City and decided to take me to Chinatown in Flushing, Queens; one of the largest and craziest gatherings of Asian culture outside of Asia itself.
I’ve been really getting into Snapchat lately, so I decided to record the entire day over that platform.
I ate some things I’ve never eaten before, and walked into basements of dirty buildings only to be amazed by the unassuming culinary adventure that lies beneath.
The people of the Flushing Chinatown are well seasoned and know what they are doing: good food, fast, and cheap. It doesn’t really get much better than that. This place isn’t for the faint of heart though. While the dishes being produced are top-notch, the environment of which, is not. In places where it seems as though a health inspection has never been conducted, you can only expect to find the best tasting morsels of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean cuisine. For me (and probably not for a lot of other people), “Filth is Flavor” is a mantra when it comes to finding the best hidden places to chow down. The more of a hole in the wall the place is, the better the overall experience is. Although my mother most likely would not agree. The atmosphere brings you full swing and gives you a full immersion experience. Its not only what your tongue is tasting, but what your eyes are seeing, what your nose is smelling, and what your ears are hearing. I know if I’m hearing middle-aged Chinese chefs yelling at each other in age old Mandarin behind the kitchen doors that are clouded with fog and steam, it’s probably going to be a good meal.
So the next time you’re out and you see the restaurant that seems like its been there for 20+ years and hasn’t been updated since, go out of your comfort zone and give it a shot. I’m willing to bet you’ll be surprised to learn that some restaurants only get better with age, despite looking like a building out of Soweto, South Africa.
Beast on, Fellow snackers!