Fork & the Road // Welcome to the Flavor-hood
By Andrew Zimmern, Delta Sky Contributing Editor
Queens, New York, is a nonnegotiable must for anyone who wants to experience the world’s largest concentration of superbly crafted ethnic cuisine. Here are some of my favorite stops in the borough.
The Golden Shopping Mall food court: The food quality here is off the charts, the ambiance is gritty and the few dozen stalls represent cuisines from all of China’s provinces. Xi’an Famous Foods is one of my favorites. Try the spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles.
Rokhat Kosher Bakery: This Bukharian bakery churns out incredible Bukhara bread and, my favorite, chaat chaat loaves.
Ganesh Temple Canteen: A vegetarian restaurant specializing in dosas. The spicy chili-flecked, potato-stuffed version will compete for your attention.
Maima’s: The full-throttle spicy crab and shrimp at this Liberian joint requires a fire hose to cool you off, but the home-cooked quality is high.
Kababish: A 24-hour Pakistani kebab house that serves dishes such as katakat, a minced and griddled ginger- and cilantro-spiked offal melange that’s comfort food of the highest order.
Tawa Food: Stop here for the most unusual and superbly crafted Nepalese fare in America. Owners Edi and Goman Thapa air-dry their own sukuti (seasoned beef) for their gorgeous food platters that look like stained-glass still lifes.
Zimmern is the James Beard Award-winning host of Bizarre Foods America on the Travel Channel.