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"I want that one..." By Paul Goldfinger. Flushing, Queens Chinatown. October 2012. Click left for full view. Copywrite 2012

“I want that one…” By Paul Goldfinger. Flushing, Queens Chinatown. October 2012. Click for full view.©   Click back arrow to return.

Text and all photos by Paul Goldfinger, egg roll editor @Blogfinger.

Flushing is an area in the borough of Queens. It was founded in the 17th century by the Dutch. In the 20th century, until 1970, the population was mostly Italian and Greek. Now it is home to a huge Asian community including one of the largest Chinese districts outside of Asia. Also there are many Koreans as well as South Asians such as Indians and Sikhs.

The Chinese food markets are huge and fun to walk through with all the unusual choices—especially produce and seafood. Much of the fish are alive in big tanks. It is the ultimate in fresh fish, just behind actually catching it yourself. I heard that Japanese tuna fishermen like to slice a hunk of sushi right on deck after catching a big one.

So we went to Flushing with some Chinese friends who led us around like two tourists in Shanghai. It was great fun. I noticed that most of the people were in a hurry. They seemed to be focused, not looking around much or stopping to chat. What does that mean? Who knows? I didn’t even know what to order in a restaurant. Our friends took care of choosing the dim sum. Everything tasted wonderful but one item that was fried omentum–or something like that.

SOUNDTRACK: This song is from Flower Drum Song, original London cast album. It’s about Chinatown, only this one is on the left coast. “Dong dong, you’re in Hong Kong:”

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