Basil Seed Drink, Fungus & Cuttlefish for Dinner?

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Flushing/Corona, Grocery, Jackson Heights, LIC, Off the beaten path, Specialty Food Markets |

In this ordinary borough there are extraordinary things. Here are some interesting edibles found in Queens.

DeDe Floating Basil Seed Drink

Found: DeDe Basil Seed Drink with Honey

Location: Freedom Deli & Supermarket international grocery & halal meat- 32-09 36th Ave Astoria/LIC 718-726-6323

A product of Thailand, this unique basil seed drink has the essence of honey and a texture like no other. The soft gelatinous bubbles of basil seeds create an unusual texture, comparable to bubble tea.

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Candy Shop Usa

Found: Cuttlefish

Location: Candy Store USA 3803  Main Street Flushing, Queens (718) 886-8866

This candy store is one of my favorites in the borough. It is rich with dried snacks like salty cuttlefish and sweet elder flower.

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Red Mukhwas Green Mukhwas

Found: Mukhwas

Location: Patel Brothers 37-27 74th St. 718-898-3445 Jackson Heights, Queens

This gigantic Indian supermarket has almost anything you’ll need to prepare a homemade dish of eastern cuisine. After dinner  you can freshen your breath from a handful of fennel seeds covered in a colorful candy coating.

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Dehydrated Fungus at Hong Kong Supermarket

Found: Dehydrated Fungus

Location: Hong Kong Supermarket 3711 Main Street, Flushing – (718) 539-6868

Some markets sell mushrooms. Hong Kong Supermarket sells dehydrated fungus, almost every kind imaginable. You can spend hours browsing the isles of this market in search of various unusual foods, spices, teas, live seafood and just about everything else you can and cannot think of.

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