By Sanique Lim
LaoJie” The Old Street – Where The Histories of Culinary Are Made. Ever wonder back in Asia, where would be the best place to search for good foods? Truth is, it can mostly be found on the alleys of the old towns. “Lao Jie”, indicates the old street in a town, and is where you find mouth-watering and breathtaking foods that would most likely make you endeavor back for many more visits. Located in Queens Crossing Mall and New World Mall Food Court, “LaoJie” the Old Street, has won the local people’s word of mouth, establishing the modern day’s “Old Street’s Food” right in Flushing, New York City.
It’s all about Chinese cuisine here; fabulously articulating the philosophy of the eating cultures of the Chinese. With their experienced chefs and carefully selected ingredients, “LaoJie” strives to impress every customer with the bona fide taste of authentic Chinese cuisines.
When talking about Chinese authentic cuisines, the Hot Pot (Ma La Tang) is something that should not be missed. Originated in the humid and foggy Sichuan Province, this absolutely scrumptious dish has its unique story under the bowl. Due to the environmental restrictions of the boatmen, or boat trackers, back in the olden days, the workers cooked their meal by building stoves and fire right beside the river. They would collect and hunt for ingredients in the area, and then make a soup with hot pepper and chili spices. The meal is actually ready to be eaten after scalding in the ingredients in the boiling soup. According to cultural beliefs, the spicy foods help to fend off the coldness and the dampness in a humid environment. In fact, this hot rinsing style of cooking has become really popular; the hawkers started to alter the ingredients for better tasting and selling it in the community, and eventually it has developed into this alluring food found on the dining table today for many Chinese people.
Another noteworthy delicacy from “LaoJie”, the Lanzhou Ramen Noodles possesses one of the most unique culinary arts found in the food industry today. Emphasizing the texture of the noodles, the Lanzhou Ramen Noodle requires a series of complicated processes during preparation. Astoundingly, it merely involves making it completely by hand. From the selection of high quality flour, and the complicated process of repeated pounding, kneading, stretching, pulling, throwing, and flinging, the dough is then stroked into long noodles. The philosophy of Lanzhou Ramen Noodles is to ensure every string carries a perfect texture to be thoroughly savored by its taster.
Other than these, the other notable menu item found at “LaoJie” vows to impress its customers with its awesomeness. The Dumpling, which has been written into numerous important pages in the history of Chinese civilization, and all the while still playing a significant role in Northern China’s daily life and its major festivals. Stuffed with minced meats, seafood, vegetables, or even the combination of a variety of ingredients, the juicy dumpling is also available as steamed, cooked, or pan-fried. In addition, “LaoJie” proudly serves its Soup Dumpling, filled with a delicious juicy soup that mingles with a combination of minced meats and soups. There are very particular ways of eating soup dumplings: first, put it on the spoon and dip it in with vinegar/ginger, then chew a small hole with your teeth, and gently sip out the hot broth, and then only consume the entire dumpling when there is no more hot soup inside. To thoroughly enjoy your dumpling, you should never pop the entire dumpling in your mouth when it is filled with the hot soup. However, if the soup dumpling temperature is safe to consume, the combination of soup and entire dumpling in your mouth would indeed be a blissful experience for your taste buds.
Combined with its marvelous collection of in-house authentic Chinese cuisines, LaoJie assembles the uniqueness of Chinese culinary art together with a bit history in every mouthwatering bite, with a guarantee of complete satisfaction.