Many people now know about Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall - a Candyland of regional Chinese food - but do you know the people behind it? Here are two very different vendors with stories that will surprise you.

On the first floor, Chef Wang hides a national silver medal in Chinese cuisine behind the counter. Downstairs, Chef Zhu sees cooking just as a way to support himself. Both serve regional treats like bone marrow (gloves and straw included) and chive pies.

Produced and edited by Lingbo Li for Serious Eats. Camera by Robyn Lee.

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