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Mulan take out: need recommendations

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uman Feb 14, 2012 09:56 AM

I'm headed there after work tonight to get some take out. I hear portions are large. I was going to order 3 or 4 items. Can you all steer me in the right direction? What have you had there recently that is good?

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    emannths Feb 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    Here's a thread full of Mulan favorites: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806260

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      uman Feb 14, 2012 12:47 PM

      Yeah....I see that. I'm wondering if some of these travel better than others for the take-out aspect of this. It seems most of the folks were dining in.

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        Jesseve Feb 14, 2012 12:59 PM

        I love the salted crispy chicken, but like most fried things, it does not travel well.

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          barleywino Feb 14, 2012 01:04 PM

          the cold smoked duck travels well. Braised beef shin also (good winter dish, if you call what we're going through "winter"); if you put some rice in it to sop up the gravy, it's almost like an osso buco w/ risotto. I also like the fish filet w/ jellyfish.

      2. Mr. Mack Feb 14, 2012 12:22 PM

        Was just there very recently. I had gotten some ideas for dishes to try based on the threads on here.

        Ordered the salted crispy chicken, beef and leeks wrapped in pancakes, house special fish, fried dumplings, and bean curd in dry bean curd.

        The chicken was delicious, lightly crispy, small stringy pieces of chicken with also fried basil leaves on top. Definitely a winner. The beef and leeks wrapped in pancakes tasted almost like a burrito with the cilantro in there. I'm not a huge fan of cilantro but it was a tasty dish nonetheless. The bean curd was surprisingly good. I'm a neophyte when it comes to tofu and usually envision the firm chunks, but this was silky smooth with little salty, slightly sweet bits all over it with some broccoli on top. The house special fish was decently spicy, but with good flavor. It was kind of oily but the sauce made a good topping for white rice. The fried dumplings were decent, but they weren't fried enough on the fried side for me. Also the dipping sauce was vinegary and sweet whereas I tend to prefer the soy-ginger-scallion sauce.

        Overall me and the gf were very pleased with the meal. Here's a picture of the leftovers I had the next morning:

         
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          teezeetoo Feb 14, 2012 03:59 PM

          I love all their eggplant dishes, particularly eggplant and basil, most of the spicy tofu dishes, their eel and sticky rice, and the dried chicken, salt and pepper pork chop - nothing fried travels well, though at the restaurant they do a fine job of frying I think.

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          bear Oct 9, 2012 06:02 PM

          We just finished House Special Spicy Fish and pan-fried pork dumplings tonight. I asked what kind of fish they use before I ordered since I'm not a tilapia fan, and the young woman said sole fish. It was indeed delicate, fresh sole in a flavorful and moderately spicy sauce. I definitely enjoyed it and would order it again. Dumplings were stellar as usual.

          I'll have to have Formosa Taipei's Szechuan Fish Fillets again soon while the Mulan memory is fresh. I remember loving that dish and it would be fun to compare.

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            Walthamfoodman Oct 9, 2012 06:14 PM

            For the location are you referring to Cambridge or Waltham with the visit of tonight?

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              bear Oct 9, 2012 06:55 PM

              Oh, sorry. I should have included that basic info! It was the Waltham location.

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            hyde Apr 24, 2013 02:17 PM

            Take out 4/23/2013:

            menu 3: Pan fried meat raviloli: I could eat these until i exploded.

            house made, 10 to an order, dipping sauce is a golden vinegar based sauce that really worked, splendid brown bits.

            menu 20: Salted crispy chicken:

            probably better right out of the fryer but that did not keep from eating the rest of them for breakfast this morning, tasty dish

            Menu 53: House special fish:

            Maginally hotter than the fish fillets at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham and a bit much for my companions but loaded with flavor, scallins and basil bits

            Menu 119: bean curd with dry bean sauce

            Didnt get much of this as it was quickly consumed by the group. excellent vegetarian dish and an overall hit.

            Menu 120: Eggplant with basil

            Silky smooth prep with solid basil overtones, again, big with the vegetarians, solid choice

            Menu 136:: stir fried pea pod stems with garlic

            nice side dish, solid but a bit dull. Too many big flavors elsewhere?

            Brown rice: competent

            Total 80 usd with a 5% discount (why, not sure) : about
            75USD.out of pocket.

            Three healthy eaters ate until bursting, breakfast for all and still some in the fridge

            Impressed. Did not eat as much as i did at Winsor last weekend, but there were 9 of us for that meal (and still the check only came to 120usd) but top notch food REALLY worth checking out.

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              ebone Jun 26, 2013 10:47 AM

              When you say "House Special Fish", do you mean "Mulan Fish" on the menu. #53 is "Fish Filet in Spicy Bean Sauce" on the menu and there is nothing that technically says House Special Fish, but that could be inferred with Mulan Fish. I am thinking of going there tonight and would like to make sure I get the right dish. Thanks.

              http://www.mulan-ma.com/html/dinner%2...

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                kdemayo Jun 26, 2013 12:08 PM

                Hi there. I order this dish (#53) every other week for my group at work. It's delicious. It's number 53 on the takeout menu. Enjoy!
                http://www.mulan-ma.com/html/takeout%...

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                  ebone Jun 26, 2013 12:32 PM

                  Thanks. Interesting the takeout menu is different.

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                    hyde Jun 26, 2013 02:39 PM

                    yeah, not sure what thats about but the dish i was writing about was indeed the "house special fish" from the takeout menu, as kdemayo said.

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                      ebone Aug 21, 2013 10:10 AM

                      So, I went to Mulan last night and it appears they have changed the name on the menu from "House Special Fish" to "Mulan Fish". After going once and ending up with the wrong dish, I can confirm, after last night's meal, that those two items are the same dish. I am not sure what numbers they correspond with on takeout versus in-house menu, but they are the same. For whatever that is worth. I may have been the only one confused by this, but if not, here you go.

            2. Prav Jun 26, 2013 08:39 PM

              Eel with sticky rice is the bomb! even though your post is over a year old.

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                KWagle Jun 27, 2013 12:07 AM

                I still haven't had that eel. :-(

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                  Trumpetguy Jun 27, 2013 07:43 AM

                  it was $27 last time I ordered the eel!

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                    KWagle Jun 27, 2013 08:07 AM

                    That's a lot. Is the eel live? Is the portion reasonable for $27? (I think the live eel from the tank at Peach Farm was only $35 or so, for a whole eel salt and pepper style, but that was many years ago.)

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                      Prav Jun 27, 2013 08:10 PM

                      The take-out menu lists it as $22: http://www.mulan-ma.com/html/takeout%...

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                        Trumpetguy Jun 28, 2013 10:03 AM

                        Seems to fluxuate a bit... market price?

                        It was delicious and I would order it again!

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