Corner 28 is a Cantonese restaurant that has a lot of things going on. It has a big section serving shao la (Cantonese BBQ), it has another section serving si cai yi tang (4 dishes + 1 soup) and it has an upstairs that is a full service Cantonese restaurant. For today’s post, I don’t really care about all that, what I do care about is the part of the restaurant that is on the outside serving people on the street. The outside section is located on one of the busiest corners in Flushing. It has two sides, one side serves fresh cheung fan (steamed rice crepe) and skewers and the other side serves Peking duck buns.
There are two types of Peking duck in my mind. There is real Peking duck from Beijing where they cook it a certain way by pumping air into it and then roasting in an oven. It’s served with thin pancakes and usually has several accompanying dishes using the rest of the duck (it’s delicious if done right). However, there is a Cantonese version of Peking duck that is actually a roast duck served in a mantou (white sweet fluffy buns) with plum sauce and spring onions. I am very partial to Cantonese style Peking duck because I grew up eating it. At Corner 28, you’re going to get a Cantonese style Peking duck.
Normally, you need to buy a whole or half duck to get it served to you. However, at Corner 28 they serve individual portions for $1 per bun. The bun is fluffy and fresh, the meat is tender, the skin is nice and crispy and the condiments go really well with everything. I think that a large part of why it tastes so good is that even though it’s a street stand, they have very high turnover that you’re constantly getting a fresh duck. I definitely recommend stopping here even if you’re going to another restaurant. It will take about 2 minutes of your time, $1 out of your wallet and won’t ruin your appetite at all. 7.75/10
A good question was brought up by my friend when we stopped here last weekend, which is why has someone not done this in Manhattan? This place kills it in Flushing and I’m pretty sure that this is a dish that would be universally loved by all Americans. So if anyone is listening please open something like this in Manhattan.
40-28 Main St (Corner of 40th Rd & Main St)
Flushing, NY 11355