Overall: a good meal. I don’t think anybody was blown away, but I was pretty happy. Six of us ordered kind of randomly:
A tofu and shrimp dish that I think was the “Sauteed Shrimp with Chive and Bean Curd.” The tofu was cut in thin squares for a pasta-like effect. Nice in an understated sort of way, in a light sauce.
Smoked Pork with Leek: My personal favorite. Savory pork, leeks, shreds of sweet red pepper, small chunks of green chili for a respectable kick.
Fish Fillet in Dry Bean Sauce: A good-sized piece of moist fish with a thick coating of what I assume was ground toasted soybeans. Similar to the Shangri-La version but the coating was darker and more savory.
Eggplant with Basil: A nice rendition, not too oily, with a distinct anise flavor.
A pork dish that I remember as “Spicy Salty Pork”—was this the Crispy Spiced Pork from the “Deep Fried Dishes” section? A chunk of roast pork coated in lightly spiced salt and dunked in the deep fryer, then sliced thinly, is how I remember it. Very tasty.
A shredded beef and bamboo shoot combo that I didn’t catch the name of—was this the “Shredded Beef with Crispy Well Vegetable”? Mushrooms in there?? It arrived late and I don’t remember it all that clearly, except it was pretty good.
An order of Chinese squash w/mountain nagaimo and bamboo never arrived, but due to a miscommunication we had an extra meat dish, so the orderer decided not to press it.
It’s a big menu with a lot of interesting-looking dishes. Will be back.
MuLan Taiwanese Restaurant, 228 Broadway, Cambridge