Dish No. 33: Special Spinach Pancake at Lu Xiang Yuan
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Today's pick: Special spinach pancake ($6) at Lu Xiang Yuan (42-87 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-359-2108)
Named after a German-built lighthouse, Lu Xiang Yuan is the latest of the restaurants in Flushing showcasing the cuisine of Qingdao, a port city on the Yellow Sea where Tsingtao beer has been made since 1903.
Among many estimable oddities on the menu, the special spinach pancake is unique -- it's been spotted at no other Chinese restaurants in town. Cooked spinach is compressed into rug-like layers, coated with starch, and then refried to a mottled brown. Apart from structure and technique, the dish is unremarkable. It tastes just like mellow fried spinach. But the novelty alone is well worth experiencing.
Find out where Lu Xiang Yuan ended up on our list of NYC's 10 Best Chinese Restaurants
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