Progress on getting through the list of must-try restaurants before leaving Boston had come to a pause, as it was spring break and we fled for different parts of the globe. Back in Cambridge, and depressed that we were back in class and not on break, we decided to perk ourselves up by hitting another restaurant on our list.
This led us to Shangri-La in Belmont, much lauded on this board, and with good reason. We got there around 7:30 on a Tuesday night to find the place packed. Luckily, a table was leaving as we walked in, so we were seated quickly but after getting a good glance at what other people had ordered.
There were three of us, and after much debating, we ended up with:
*A large bowl of hot and sour soup. A lovely way to start off the meal. A touch gelatinous, but not overly so, hot and sour nicely juxtaposed.
*Dry fried green beans. Is this the name for the dish? Its what my friend called it I just know that my mother makes it at home occasionally, but with haricots verts, not real green beans. A touch too salty, but the beans were nice and crispy as they should be.
*Triple delight chow fun. I dont know if this is the correct name either. They did not have beef chow fun with black bean sauce (I dont think), so we got this instead, at the suggestion of the waiter. Shrimp, squid and chicken, mixed in with vegetables and the chow fun noodles. It was a pleasing dish, although I couldve done without the chicken which was a touch too tough.
*Half a fried duck with steamed buns. It was a hard decision between this and the tea-smoked duck, which Id read about on the board, but boy, were we glad we chose this dish anyway. The buns were nice and soft, easily peeled in half in order to dab some peking sauce to serve as a compliment to the tender pieces of duck inside. Even though I was absolutely stuffed after one such stuffed bun (this was the last dish to come out), I nevertheless had to persevere to eat the other bun as well because it wouldve been a travesty to let it go to waste.
Perhaps theres better Chinese to be found in Chinatown, but this restaurant was easily accessible by car and fit the bill for what we wanted, and everything, if a tad oversalted sometimes, was definitely not greasy as is often the case with bad Chinese food. Yes, Id go back, as there are so many other tempting dishes to be had.. maybe Ill have to sneak back there on my own, as to not tamper with the lists progress.
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