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We swoon for Fuloon

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So after months drooling on the keyboard while reading about Fuloon Restaurant in Malden, we finally made the trip. It's as good as advertised here. Thanks for all the recommendations.

We were a party of just two and there was so much we wanted to try. It was difficult to limit our dish selections and we ended up ordering a lot of food. Leftovers reheated just fine.

We started with hot and sour soup. It was a clear dark brown, not muddy as some versions we've had. Nice and peppery with a good amount of vinegar sourness.

Pan-fried dumplings followed along with the wontons with spicy sauce. I have to say I like Mary Chung's version of suan la chow shao a little better as her wontons are more substantial. Still, very good.

For entrees, wife ordered kung pao beef and I had the dish I've been dying to try -- bean curd leaf with pork. The kung pao was excellent, beef tender and a nice level of spice. The bean curd leaf with pork was fantastic. The knots of bean curd leaf had a meaty texture; the pork belly was tender and full of flavor. All was coated in a delicate sauce that did not overpower the flavor of the other elements of the dish.

The whole meal was wonderful. We add our strong recommendation to those already on this board for Fuloon. We can't wait to return.

One concern: although we were there early on a Saturday evening (5-6 p.m.) we were the only customers. Please do not let this fabulous, authentic Chinese gem fail for lack of support.

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