Asian Food Feastival at LIC Flea & Food – Long Island City, Queens

Asian Food Feastival at LIC Flea & Food – Long Island City, Queens – September 17, 2016

This past weekend, my husband and I attended the Asian Food Feastival at the LIC (Long Island City) Flea & Food with our friends, Ivan and Max. This event was organized by food blogger and tour guide, Joe DiStefano.

There were Asian food booths representing Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Thailand, to name a few. We chose to start our Asian food adventure with pork and garlic pan fried dumplings from the Taiwanese booth, Yumpling. The savory pork dumplings were topped with hot oil and sliced scallions. The filling was moist, but even with the hot oil, I found the dumplings lacking in that special savory, unctuous spark that amazing dumplings have.

Yumpling Top: Pan Fried Dumplings in a paper boat and wax paper underneath the eight dumplings which are topped with hot oil and scallions Bottom: Yumpling Booth with black tent and table underneath with people selling food Background: Collage of Asian countries' flags
Yumpling Top: Pan Fried Dumplings Bottom: Yumpling Booth

Next, we tried the beef galbi from Ejen Korean Comfort Food. The dish came with beef galbi (“Galbi or kalbi generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that are made with marinated beef (or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce).” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galbi,2016)), white rice, and kimchi (“Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimchi,2016)). The grilled beef ribs were both sweet and savory, though I found them to be a tad chewy. The rice was unremarkable, and since neither my husband nor I like kimchi, our friend, Ivan, ate it. He said it was good, so I will take his word for it.

Ejen Korean Comfort Food Upper Left: Beef Galbi in a white carboard dish with beef at the back, rice in the middle, and kim chi in the front Lower Right: Ejen Korean Comfort Food Booth with White Tent and table underneath Background: Collage of Asian countries' flags
Ejen Korean Comfort Food Upper Left: Beef Galbi Lower Right: Ejen Korean Comfort Food Booth

LIC Flea & Food has a beer garden. While we ate our food there, I enjoyed a cup of Big Alice Brewing’s Honey Wit. This golden beer was slightly sweet with mild bitter notes. It was perfect for drinking outside on a nice day like this past Saturday was. The only thing that could have improved it would have been an orange slice.

Beer Upper Left: Big Alice Brewery Honey Wit in a plastic cup filled almost to the rim Lower Right: Beer Garden Booth covered by a tent with a chalkboard menu and people buying beer Background: Collage of Asian countries' flags
Beer Upper Left: Big Alice Brewery Honey Wit Lower Right: Beer Garden Booth

Finally, for dessert we split two donuts from Black Label Donuts: Raspberry Litchee and Matcha Crème Brûlée. I found the donuts themselves to be dense. I am not a fan of raspberry flavored things, other than fresh raspberries themselves, because I find the flavor to be reminiscent of children’s medicine. Sadly, this was the case for me with the raspberry litchee donut. While the fruity, sweet flavor of litchee was present, I could not get past the medicinal raspberry flavor. The filling for the matcha crème brûlée was a hit! It was creamy like the inside of an amazing Boston Cream donut, but had the fresh, grassy notes of matcha. It managed to be creamy and mouth-coating while being light at the same time. This was the highlight of the food I tried that day.

Black Label Donuts Upper Left: Raspberry Litchee and Matcha Creme Brulee Donuts in a white box on top of white tissue paper Lower Right: Black Label Donuts Booth with people behind the table selling donuts Background: Collage of Asian countries' flags
Black Label Donuts Upper Left: Raspberry Litchee and Matcha Creme Brulee Donuts Lower Right: Black Label Donuts Booth

Accessibility Rating for Asian Food Feastival at LIC Flea & Food

I used my wheelchair to visit Asian Food Feastival at LIC Flea & Food.

  • Entryway – 5: LIC Flea & Food takes place in a parking lot, so entering and exiting is easy. There are some slight bumps, and there are no stairs.
    Entrance showing asphalt and tents with people walking around Background: Collage of Asian countries' flags
    Entrance
  • Bathroom (Portable bathrooms) – 1: The day we were there, there were no wheelchair accessible portable bathrooms. Furthermore, the portable bathrooms they did have were raised up slightly, and not flush with the ground, which makes me question if they even have accessibility to the disability community in mind at all.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: LIC Flea & Food is a good distance away from most public transit. We took a bus to Queens Plaza, and then, it took another 15 minutes by foot/wheelchair to get there. The sidewalks are sketchy in many areas, particularly around the many construction sites in the area, so getting there was quite bumpy.The aisles are wide and spacious, and the asphalt does have some bumps in it. The tables in the beer gardens are large wooden spools for wire or rope. I was unable to fit underneath our table, even with my wheelchair’s footrests raised up. This made it impossible to get close to the table. Since this is an outdoor daytime venue, it is brightly lit. There was a moderate amount of noise from talking and background music.

Video Description: The video is in three segments. Segment one shows the point of view of a wheelchair user entering the LIC Flea & Food, and wheeling past tables under tents selling various wares and foods. Segment two shows the row of tables under tents selling Asian food as part of the “Feastival.” Segment three shows the dining area near the beer vendor. The tables are giant wooden spools for wire or rope turned on their sides. They are covered by large red umbrellas. People are dining, drinking, and talking at the tables.

Inside of LIC Flea & Food Upper Left: Aisle within market showing asphalt lot with tents and people walking around Lower Right: Dining Area with tables covered by large red umbrellas Background: Collage of Asian countries' flags
Inside of LIC Flea & Food Upper Left: Aisle within market Lower Right: Dining Area
  • Staff – 1: None of the staff asked how/if they might help me.
  • Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.



About David F.

40 year old foodie, Native NY'er, who happens to have a physical disability that requires me to use a wheelchair to get around.

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