Fantasy Cuisine | Hartsdale, NY

Fantasy Cuisine has some of the best dishes I’ve ever had at a Chinese Restaurant.

I always loved Joe’s Shanghai but have only had okay experiences there because of the wait time and the small space that they have. At Fantasy Cuisine, the service is superb, the restaurant is gorgeous and it’s clean. It’s down to earth… nothing snooty or snobby. They accept you for who you are when you’re here and they let you eat whatever you want without judgement. At some restaurants, you’ll get servers who judge you for whatever you order or even how you eat what you’ve ordered — how you eat your soup dumplings for example.

Go and enjoy the food for yourself, it wont let you down. But until then, here’s what I thought!

The Food:

Egg Drop Soup

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Egg Drop Soup[/caption]

This is a variation of your standard egg drop soup. I call it a variation because this isn’t your normal egg drop soup… In that it’s flavorful and is on par with the other soups that you’ll find at Fantasy Cuisine. If you like starting your meals off with a soup, or if you’re just craving a soup as your main dish, this is the soup you should order.

Pan-fried Scallion Pancakes | ​Flatbread folded minced scallions

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Pan-fried Scallion Pancakes | ​Flatbread folded minced scallions[/caption]

These Scallion Pancakes are out of this world. Crispy and flakey on the outside and almost creamy and moist on the inside. How they do that? I have no idea. The sauce is a sweetened soy sauce that compliments the pancakes. It cuts through the oiliness of the wonderful pan-fried triangles. MUST HAVE.

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings | ​Filled with a mixture of shrimp and ginger

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Steamed Shrimp Dumplings | ​Filled with a mixture of shrimp and ginger[/caption]

You haven’t had Steamed Shrimp dumplings (Har gow) that are more fresh than what we had here. You knew exactly how many shrimp were in each of these pockets of goodness and the dumpling wrapper was so tender and fresh, it melts the minute you start eating it.

Unbelievable. They’re not the prepackaged type with shrimp stuffing that is put through a processor. There were at least three shrimp in each dumpling and they were fresh as could be.

Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings | ​Filled with a mixture of ground pork and ginger, served with a special dipping sauce

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Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings | ​Filled with a mixture of ground pork and ginger, served with a special dipping sauce

Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings | ​Filled with a mixture of ground pork and ginger, served with a special dipping sauce[/caption]

These soup dumplings may be as good as what Joe’s Shanghai has to offer. Is that a sin to even say? But it’s just the truth, plain and simple. The soup is piping hot so make sure you perfect your technique on eating this complex dumping.

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Vinegar[/caption]

This is how I enjoy a soup dumpling:

  1. I take the soup dumpling and put it gently on a soup spoon.
  2. I then tilt the soup dumpling away from me so the soup is on the far side of the dumpling.
  3. I then bite into the dumpling, making a hole about a half an inch in diameter.
  4. Carefully slurp the soup out of the dumpling. I take my time during this and enjoy it.
  5. Optional: Fill the dumpling with soy sauce
  6. Optional: Fill the dumpling with vinegar
  7. Devour the dumpling. Optional: In one bite.

Bear in mind… everyone does it differently! Find your own way to enjoy a soup dumpling and make it your own! There is no right way, I promise you! There are people out there who are sticklers about this… but don’t ever let it influence the way you want to enjoy your soup dumpling!

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Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings | ​Filled with a mixture of ground pork and ginger, served with a special dipping sauce[/caption]

It’s a glorious steamed masterpiece and something that I’ll never get tired of. If Joe’s Shanghai is too far away for you to visit and you’re around the corner from Fantasy Cuisine… You now know where to go for your soup dumplings.

Stewed Beef Noodle (Beef Only) | Rice noodle in a hot beef broth with stewed beef, vegetable, and scallion

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Stewed Beef Noodle (Beef Only) | Rice noodle in a hot beef broth with stewed beef, vegetable, and scallion[/caption]

Authentic. My father-in-law and my mother both love Beef Noodle soup and they really enjoyed this dish. It passed their test and it was tasty enough for Asian immigrants! I think that’s a #win right there! If you know and have had beef noodle soup, it’s exactly what you’d want it to be.

If you’ve never had it? You’ll enjoy it.

Dan Dan Noodles | Noodles with minced pork in a hot chili vinaigrette sauce

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Dan Dan Noodles | Noodles with minced pork in a hot chili vinaigrette sauce[/caption]

Ok… I’m gonna be real, this threw me for a loop. It was delicious. The noodles were great and the flavor a were all perfect…. Except for one thing. This has Sichuan peppercorns that have the ability to numb your tongue, giving you a very unique sensation while eating the other parts of your meal. I don’t think I liked it! Maybe I’ll get used to it though… becuase no lie, aside from that, I loved this dish…. so we’ll see.

Salt n’ Pepper Style Chicken | ​Delicately battered and served on a bed of minced black peppers, ​onion, green peppers and red peppers

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Salt n’ Pepper Style Chicken | ​Delicately battered and served on a bed of minced black peppers, ​onion, green peppers and red peppers

Salt n’ Pepper Style Chicken | ​Delicately battered and served on a bed of minced black peppers, ​onion, green peppers and red peppers[/caption]

Perfectly moist pieces of chicken. Very tasty and is something I could eat for hours on end. It’s that good. I always like salt and pepper chicken… But this spot kicks things up a notch.

My father-in-law says that he has had better… But until I do, this joint is the best in my book (or blog… lol)

Scallion Style ​Chicken | Stir-fried in hoisin and oyster sauce with onions and scallions

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Scallion Style ​Chicken | Stir-fried in hoisin and oyster sauce with onions and scallions[/caption]

This Scallion Style Chicken is the best Chinese chicken dish that I’ve ever had. In fact, it’s so good, my wife tried to recreate it at home, and came close to doing it.

The chicken is so tender. We have no idea how Chinese restaurants tenderize their chicken the way they do. It’s always melt in your mouth delicious… And ways so smooth, tender and moist.

The Scallions were so fresh and the brown sauce is just so enjoyable, you can just take that sauce, drizzle it into the rice and devour that alone — something that I’m proud to say I’ve done.

You’ll need rice with this dish though. It’s a little saucier and salty without the rice. I mean, it’s not horrible without rice. I still enjoy it, but there aren’t many Chinese or Asian dishes that normally come with rice that can be eaten without it. #saysthepersonwholovesrice

Flaky Taro Pastry

I crave this dessert after almost every single meal, no matter when it is or where I am. In fact, I’m craving it right now, for sure. Crispy and flakey on the outside, sweet, moist and flaming hot on the inside.

The taro in the inside is so smooth, creamy and sweet. All of this is complimented by the fried layer, that provides a crispy, flakey texture. Naturally, both components — flakey exterior, creamy exterior, compliment one another.

If you have an opportunity, there is a steamed version of this dessert. Rather than the crispy exterior, you’ll get a layer of mochi that almost melts in your mouth. Order both together to compare!

The only thing that could have made this dessert better… would be a scoop of taro ice cream right on this plate. But aside from that, totally the best Chinese/Asian dessert I’ve had in a while.

Final Thoughts

Fantasy Cuisine may be the best Chinese restaurant I’ve possibly ever eaten at. At this point, it’s probably the one of the few that Eat.Nosh.Nom. has ever reviewed. Joe’s Shanghai is up there too… but to be honest, our over all experience at Fantasy Cuisine trumps our experience Joe’s Shanghai. I mean… who likes sharing tables with strangers anyway? Until we find one that tops this… as of the day this post was put up, this is our #1 Recommended Chinese Restaurant.

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