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Sep 9, 2011 07:17 AM

first time at Mulan. What are your favorites?

Surprisingly, this will be my first time at the CH favorite. Gleaning the site, I see that the tea smoked duck and eel with sticky rice gets high praise. Any other recs? I'm bring a German couple who are not into spicy. Thanks for your help.

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  1. I like Mulan bean curd with pork a lot. But it's spicy and sichuan-peppercorny, so maybe not the best for your guests.

    1. Get the salted crispy chicken and the beef with leek wrapped with pancakes - you can thank me later.

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      1. re: Jesseve

        I'll thank you now and later. Will report back.

        1. re: Jesseve

          Jess has good taste..:) The pork shoulder is not spicy and is great.

        2. I also highly recommend the deep fried bean curd (fried tofu with a nice salty sauce) and the beef with leek wrapped in pancakes. If you can get one spicy dish, I like the shredded beef with hot chili pepper.

          1. The dumplings are pretty good, perhaps some of the vegetable dishes like bean curd strips with mustard greens and edamame would be good for them. Rather plain tasting but homey. There is quite a lot to choose from that is not spicy.

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            1. re: tatsu

              Those "bean curd strips with mustard greens and edamame", which I think are called soft bean curd with green mustard (學菜毛豆百頁) on their menu now are my favorite dish at Mulan. Also, the beef with leek wrapped in pancakes (牛肉卷餅) and salted cripsy chicken (鹽酥雞) are two of my favorites as well. New favorites of mine include the bean curd with dry bean sauce (豆酥豆腐) and the fish filet with chili pepper (跺腳魚片), which is not spicy at all. They also have a fish filet with the dry bean sauce, which I would assume, by the transitive property, to be excellent as well. The dry bean sauce is really amazing --- it tastes nutty with this terrific nut-cluster-like texture, but apparently contains no nuts.

              1. re: lipoff

                One of my favorites at Mulan is the dried bean curd with pork and yellow chives or something like that. It's called jiu huang xiang gan rou si. The knife work for this dish is far superior than anywhere else in the greater boston area. The dried bean curd is cut into long slivers and it is just delicious.

                FYI, lipoff, I think the first character for the soft bean curd with green mustard is incorrect. It should be the snow character and the the one for school.

                I love Mulan.

                1. re: beetlebug

                  Beetlebug you are totally correct. I don't know how I missed that one. And Opionatedchef, I agree about the tea-smoked duck --- Mulan's is very good. Tea-smoked duck is not my favorite dish, but I also find the Fuloon version particularly dry, especially when compared to their other duck preps, which are superlative. Beijing Star (now replaced by a second Mulan!) used to also do a nice tea-smoked duck.

                  Beijing Star Restaurant
                  835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

                2. re: lipoff

                  lipoff, I have always loved that dish ever since I had it at Taiwan Cafe. I've eaten it so many times! It's worth mentioning for those who haven't tried it - the bean curd is yuba or tofu skin, it's not really soft bean curd at all, despite the name. Also the green mustard is not pickled, (least I think so, perhaps salted and rinsed but not preserved I'm pretty sure.) It's minced but fresh. Edamame is fresh soy beans of course.

                  I am lately enamored with House Special Fish, which on first glance, looks like Jin Gu Fillets, but is actually a sort of Ma Po Tofu sauce with the same sorts of fillets and accompanying leeks and or cabbage that you would expect with Jin Gu. But this is way too hot for the O.P. Garnished with some ma-la and slivers of scallions, some days I want it more than Jin Gu! (I like Sichuan Garden Woburn's version the best around here.)

                  1. re: tatsu

                    Just tried the House Special fish and it was really outstanding, spicy but the sauce was really really complex. How hot is this dish compared to what's out there? It was really spicy and probably close to my current limit.

              2. The eel with sticky rice deserves its high praise! I also like Bean Curd with Dry Bean Sauce for its crunchy, savory delicousness.