Don’t be jealous because the cast of Top Chef is being flown to Singapore. This month, you’ll get no less than three opportunities to go on Asian eating tours without having to travel — well, in one case, you’ll have to get out to Queens. But you might just want to hail a rickshaw for these festivals.
What: Dishes from an array of Queens restaurants (from Sietsema favorite M&T to Flushing’s Sri Lankan, Bownie), panel discussions, and a walking-and-eating tour with the king of Queens, Joe DiStefano.
When and Where: September 6, noon till 5 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel (135-20 39th Ave.) in Flushing, Queens.
Tickets: $55 in advance or $60 day of. Buy here.
Malaysian Night Market
What: LUCKYRICE again helps re-create the hawker stands of Malaysia, this time enlisting Todd English, Fatty Crab, Laut, Betel, Café Asean, and others to serve up $4 to $8 street eats like roti canai and nasi lemak.
When and Where: September 14, 6:30 p.m. till 10 p.m., 14th St. and Ninth Ave.
Tickets: Free. More info here.
2nd Annual NYC Dumpling Festival
What: While competitive eaters try to break the record of 66 dumplings in two minutes, the slightly less gluttonous can sample Philippine palitaw, Malaysian kuih koci, Chinese bao, and non-Asian dumplings, too.
When and Where: September 25, 12 p.m. till 5 p.m. at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (at E.Houston St & Chrystie St in Lower East Side Manhattan)
Tickets: Free. See Facebook for more information.