Hot and Spicy Whole Flounder at Rural Restaurant, Dish #45


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This is altogether one of the most enjoyable fish Fork has yet encountered. The specimen is probably locally caught, an estimated one-and-a-half-pound beauty that has been stuffed with typical Northern Chinese spices and herbs — including cilantro, dried chiles, Chinese celery, and maybe a trace of Sichuan peppercorns — and fried, and maybe broiled, too. We’re not really sure of the cooking technique.

Rural Restaurant is one of four Dongbei restaurants in Flushing furnishing the cooking of China’s extreme northeast, near the North Korean border.

The fish is flaky, crunchy, and hyper-delectable, and most of the bones are edible (though not the larger interior ones). The flounder easily satisfied five diners, along with a half-dozen other dishes on a recent Sunday afternoon.

Rural Restaurant
42-85 Main Street
Flushing, Queens