(This venue is closed.) Yanbian is named for an autonomous prefecture in northeastern China, an easy but ill-advised trek to North Korea and not much farther to Vladivostok. This homespun plate of pickled cabbage and sweet potato noodles ($5.95) also contained strips of pork, the one ingredient that the counterwoman managed to utter in English, apparently concerned that I might be a vegetarian. (I am not.) As prepared, the colors of the main ingredients were difficult to distinguish, the flavors, likewise. Additional fortifying calories were offered, gratis, in a cup of hot and sour soup and a bowl of clumpy white rice studded with corn.
New World Mall Food Court, stall 25
136-20 Roosevelt Ave. (Main-Union Sts.), Flushing, Queens