Unless you have been under a rock for the past year, you know that Chowhound has been raving about a wonderfully authentic Chinese food restaurant in Malden, MA called FuLoon. I finally had the chance to see what all the fuss was about last night and was thrilled to find that it lived up to every morsel of it's hype. For those sick of the "choice of meat drowned in brown sauce" Chinese-American restaurants of the North shore, this place will be a flavor revelation.
Armed with the suggested list from the hounds that had been before me, I had a wonderful dinner with my mother. Due to our small numbers, we were limited to 2 entrees and an appetizer and we still brought a large amount home (and we're hearty eaters!). My mother is not a spicy eater, so we stuck to the Mandarin dishes and left the Sichuan to braver souls.
Pork Pancake - Like a scallion pancake stuffed with a Peking ravioli. Thin layers of crispy dough encased juicy flavorful layers of ground pork...all dipped in a soy sauce-rice vinegar combo that cut the richness and paired perfectly. I refuse to think about this calorie count of this pan fried wonder, but it was worth every minute on the treadmill it will cost me.
Wok Baked Beef - Great Dinner theater with great flavor to back it up! Thin sliced beef, fresh cilantro, all in a soy based sauce that was sweet and flavorful and salty all at the same time with wondeful balance. Served in a sizzling hot skillet that thickened and caramelized the sauce as you watched. Also kept the food warm while you sampled other dishes - bonus!
Diced Chicken with Dates and Chestnuts - Cubes of chicken, Chinese dates, nuts, and water chestnuts combined in a not too sweet sauce. Meat was tender, fruit and chestnuts perfectly cooked, great balance of flavors....soothing comfort food feel but in a tasty, tasty way.
Over all the food experience was excellent and this place instantly became my favorite Chinese food restaurant. The owner even came by our table to check to make sure we were enjoying our meal. She stressed that her husband was the chef so we could be sure that the food would be the same great quality every time we came (smart woman!). She also asked how we hear of the place (the clientel is clearly mostly Asian, so we stood out a bit) and I said online and she instantly said "chowhound?". Apparently I am not the only one on this board that has been inspired to go :)
Now it's your turn...trust me you'll love it!