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new find at Shangri-la


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new find at Shangri-la

GretchenS | | Jun 4, 2004 11:15 AM

We are diligently working our way through the menu although it takes discipline not to order the same things that we liked before. On the other hand, almost nothing has ever disappointed us. On our most recent visit we asked for the unassumingly-named "Pork with Preserved Mustard" (which I don't remember having read about here). The waiter looked worried and told us that Chinese people like this but that some Americans do not and we might not like it. Turns out, that's because it has fat in it. Don't worry, we said. What arrived looked like very thick, short slices of bacon (pork belly?) that were meltingly succulent and in a rich sauce with a sticky quality that made us think it was some sort of pork reduction, beautifully flavored with hints of anise and other seasonings, and with slightly crunchy morsels of what we assume is chopped preserved mustard (greens). Pure heaven.

As I believe has been mentioned here, they have new furniture (including some square tables with flaps that become larger round tables, giving more seating for large parties) and new dishes, very attractive. Also a new page of menu items including "silver fish" which the waiter showed us as he brought it to another table, looked like smelts maybe -- very small.

149 Belmont Street, Belmont