So, we had some friends in town last night so we ventured over to Moon Palace (my first visit). After hearing they also have Cha Chang Mein I had been excited to go but things have been too hectic to get out that way.
We started off with scallion pancakes, pot stickers and soup dumplings. Scallion pancakes were nice but rather mild. Could have benefited from some salt (don't think I have ever added salt to Chinese food). Pot stickers were very tasty, plump, and very juicy. The soup dumplings were quite good and soupy. My only complaint is that they were too large, making it difficult to pop a whole one in my mouth (a lesson I learned while they were fresh from the steamer).
The Cha Chang Mein was VERY different from the dish I am used to. Instead of a rich fermented black sauce, it was covered in a medium brown sauce with ground pork and a 5-Spice Powder flavor (at least I know for sure star anise was a dominant player in the flavor). The noodles were different as well, leading more towards a plump slippery fettuccine rather than gummy spaghetti. Place this dish next to my favorite variety from Yu's Mandarin or the similar dish from Great Seas and you would be hard pressed to know they share the same name. Overall the meal at Moon Palace was quite nice, and a nice interior makes it an easy call to take less adventurous guests. Oh, and I think my favorite dish from the night was Salt and Pepper Fish. Hmmm...