Not only is Elmhurst Queens’ second Chinatown; it’s home to a thriving Southeast Asian community. Join me for a one-of-a-kind guided tour of Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai markets and restaurants.
Sample Indonesian dishes like bubur ayam--a hearty chicken porridge--and young goat satay. Tuck into a Vietnamese sandwich while sipping a salty lemonade. Enjoy such Esaan specialties as crispy fish with larb sauce. Browse a Thai market for ingredients like kaffir lime leaves, and curry pastes. Elmhurst is a hotbed of Thai culture and cuisine and the tour also includes a visit to the Emerald Buddha.
Queens-based food writer, culinary tour guide, and consultant Joe DiStefano has been exploring the borough’s diverse global cuisines for more than a decade, and is widely recognized by such culinary luminaries as Andrew Zimmern, as a go-to source on the diverse Queens cuisine scene. He has long been a champion of the bustling Chinatown that is downtown Flushing and is fond of referring to it as “America’s Greatest Chinatown.” He is the founder and publisher of the Queenscentric food blog CHOPSTICKS & MARROW, and author of the best-selling guidebook "111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss." His work has appeared in The New York Times, Gourmet, Food Republic, and Serious Eats. His clients include Starbucks, the Boys Club of New York, Hormel, The Food Group, and Next Restaurant. Follow him on Twitter @JoeDiStefano and on Instagram @joedistefanoqns, just make sure to eat lunch beforehand! Full profile
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