A while back, I got it in my head that on my way home from school some nights, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for me to swing by places in Flushing to grab a bite. So one night after my Wednesday class, I picked two of my classmates from my group and we headed over to Debasaki behind Flushing High School.
It turns out that Debasaki is an awful lot like a lounge/club… the booths are extremely private and cozy… and it’s a bit odd in there. But I shrugged and soldiered on, despite a few mishaps along the way, because Debasaki had something I wanted: stuffed wings.
After we’d ordered, this platter of cole slaw-ish appeared. ZL and CL both liked it quite a bit… I think I was much less enamored of it since it’s pretty standard at lots of Korean fried chicken places. (Oh, did I mention: don’t be fooled by the name and the subname of “Japanese style chicken” - Debasaki is Korean owned and operated.)
Along with our food came cubes of daikon radish and pickled jalapenos. A nice refreshing crunch (the daikon!) between bites.
ZL’s choice was the seafood fried rice (which has the option of cheese or no cheese… CL and I both immediately said NO CHEESE… just because it sounded a little, well, odd). I think they both liked it; I found it on the blander side but inoffensive all the same.
CL ordered seafood dduk and asked how spicy was the spicy… let’s just say, we were convinced to get the mild. Which was still way too spicy for me! I guess it was good though because both ZL and CL enjoyed it and finished it up.
And the main event!!! Regular wings 1/2 order and ‘gyoza’ wings 1/2 order… the ‘gyoza’ are on the bottom. Each wing was deboned and stuffed with something different. The first one I picked up was filled with creamed corn and pretty damn tasty. Unfortunately, my next go-round, I bit into one that was filled with chopped chiles. That was a real kick in the mouth as I gulped the strawberry soju we’d ordered.
The regular wings were sweet glazed but still spicy. Oh, we also ordered a small pitcher of strawberry soju, which came looking like strawberry daiquiris (ie, totally frozen) and hard to drink.
Yvo says: I didn’t get a chance to look at the bill, but my feeling is that it wasn’t quite cheap enough to be worth the trek (for those of you coming from other boroughs and taking public transportation). It was tasty and a nice place to hang out, chatting and eating, but none of the food really impressed me – I REALLY did not like being surprised by the green chiles in the stuffed wing, why can’t I pick all of my fillings?! – and nothing else was particularly ooh yummy. I daresay I won’t be back again unless someone really wants to go here… but it’s kind of out of the way, so I doubt that will happen.
middle of the road…