Golden Flushing Mall, Queens

I took a trip this past week to the Golden Flushing Mall.  Bottom line, it was amazing.  I am definitely doing another trip out there and taking the kids with me.  One of the many things about NYC which is so amazing is that there are so many people living here from different cultures that create pockets around the boroughs where each separately congregate in a community that is similar to the one they came from.  Going to the Golden Flushing Mall it a lot easier than getting on a plane and going to Asia.  English is certainly not the first language here. 

We began in the basement where the food court is.  After taking one lap around the place we were blown away.  Didn't know exactly where to start.  Serious Foods actually has a wonderful map of the place that I am going to bring along next time.  This is one of the cases from Spicy Wok where I went back to get something to eat.

This is a sign at one of the places we got some food too. 

My spicy woke
I had this bowl of stir fry.  Rice on the side.  It is great how they serve it in these big silver bowls that you just return when you are through.  The vegetables, some of which I didn't recognize, were $4.99 a pound.  The fish was $6.99 a pound.  Then they mix it together in a wok.  She said to me after I chose everything…not too spicy?  Yes, not too spicy. 

My friend got a shrimp noodle soup that was also served in a nice bowl to return to the place.  Really good, simple and you can tell that they just made it. 

After lunch we walked up to the grocery store.  This was the best time.  We entered the grocery store and first made our way down the dumpling aisle.  Freezers filled with every dumpling you can imagine.  I started picking up a few bags.  Before I knew it I needed a cart.  My friend said we could share a cart.  Are you kidding?  I want my own cart to fill up!  LOL.  Next was the pickle aisle  which had everything pickled from chili peppers to sauerkraut to radishes.  It was hard to hold myself back.

Dried anchovies and octopus.

Also took a stroll through the vinegar aisle where there are thousands and thousands of bottles.  We wandered over to the seafood area where there were live eels.

Soft and hard shell turtles.

Live prawns.  I wonder where they were sourced.  You never see live prawns. 

Then found ourself down the dried aisle finding loads of dried mushrooms.  I also went a little crazy on the noodle aisle too. 

Check out the dumpling wrappers.  Got one of each. 

Bottom line I filled enough in my cart to get four bags of groceries.  Total cost $54.  We had such a great time.  Next time we are going to check out another community in the local neighborhoods of NYC.