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Mei Shung for Taiwanese

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Mei Shung for Taiwanese

susanb | Jun 2, 2002 12:50 AM

Just got back from one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, Mei Shung, and I thought I should post about it. I did a search and noticed it was briefly mentioned in a couple of posts, but they were about a year old, so... Mei Shung is on the 5500 block of N. Broadway (the same block as Pasteur) so we tend to go there often on our way from the suburbs into the city. Although the menu proclaims "best Mandarin cuisine in the town" their real strength is the Taiwanese menu, which we order off exclusively.

We always order the Red Cooked Beef Noodles Soup, a very satisfying soup which consists of juicy chunks of beef and nooodles in a rich, complex, chili spiced broth (nothing on the Taiwanese menu is particularly spicy...but the seasoning is subtle and interesting). There are always nice specials; tonight we had a stir fried chicken with diced yams that was delicious. We also had lamb with hot bean sauce on a bed of fresh spinach, satay asparagus, and yet another chicken special, this one with mushrooms. All very good. We did not try the "two designed sea slugs," tempted though we were.

For an experiment, I ordered the ma pao bean curd off the regular menu, and it was nicely prepared, but not exceptional, so I'll stick with the Taiwanese menu.

Nice ambience, with tablecloths, and excellent service. BYO.

Mei Shung
5511 N. Broadway
773 728 5778

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