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Mulan or Chinatown on Christmas Evening?

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I usually meet some friends for a Chinese food dinner the evening of Christmas (not Christmas Eve). We are all fairly adventurous and are fans of Jumbo Seafood, Taiwan Cafe, Peach Farm, Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham and the much-missed New Taste of Asia in Brookline. We have little kids and don't get out for Chinese together a lot.

For this year we were thinking of trying either Mulan in Cambridge or somewhere new to us in Chinatown (our past favorites are listed above). Any suggestions, and a sense of their quality relative to Mulan?

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  1. I would recommend New Golden Gate in Chinatown right near Imperial. It has really good Salt & Pepper Pork Chops, Cilantro & Beef soup, and Fish & tofu in a casserole pot.

    1. Is Mulan open? Granted I work nearby so maybe my perception is skewed, but it seems a majority of their business is from the local offices in the area. During Xmas, with the offices closed, it might not be worthwhile for them to open during the holiday. Chinatown has enough traffic from residents in the area so they do tend to stay open.

      I'd just add Shabu Zen or Kaze for some hotpot to that list if you haven't ventured before. Something different. And don't let the name fool you - this is not even remotely Japanese. It's more Chinese/Taiwanese style hotpot.

      1. i was at mulan the other day and i'm pretty sure that they had a sign indicating that they were closed 24th-26th. regardless, they are closed on monday's now.