Friday, February 28, 2014

Great lunch at affordable prices at Mr. Chan's Asian Bistro in Burlington

My coworkers and I are regulars at Mr. Chan's Asian Bistro, located in the large plaza on Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington (also another located in Milton).  The waitresses know our preferences; chopsticks, hot chili oil and extra vegetables in lieu of the rice for my tall friend.  We've been coming here nearly every week for the past year whether its just my tall friend and I for lunch or a company luncheon with the whole inside sales department.

The restaurant is modern and tastefully decorated.  Seating is mostly comprised of small tables for two or four but they can accommodate larger parties in their semi private area or by the back wall.

The Asian Bistro offers a wide variety of options from Traditional Chinese menu offerings found in Chinatown, "American" Chinese food (You know, like pork fried rice and chicken fingers), as well as Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese staples.  Although I've tried almost everything on the menu, it never dawned on me to take photographs for my blog.  This post will feature mostly the "Chinese-American" dishes and I will update in the future. (I Promise!)

Their traditional Chinese dishes menu (only available in the Burlington location) features House Special Bird's Nest, Hainenese Chicken, Seafood in X.O. sauce, and other dishes like seafood adn tofu casserole.  My facorite is the fried salt and pepper soft shell crab for $ 18.95.  When I  am feeling broke, I opt for the calamari.

Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab $ 18.95
Their fried salt and pepper calamari is just like the one served in Chinatown.

Salt and Pepper Calamari (Appetizer size) $ 9.50
They have really good Japanese gyozas and shumais.  They are available steamed or pan fried.

Pan fried Shumai $ 5.75
The 6 of us went out for lunch today because Webby was craving Egg Foo Young, a Chinese fried omelet dish with roasted pork and onions topped with a thick gravy.  I tried some and it was great.

Egg Foo Young Lunch Combo with Hot and Sour soup $ 8.95
Most of the crew ordered from the lunch combo menu that starts at $ 5.95.  You can add a soup for $1.00 and an appetizer for another $1.00.  It's pretty convenient because there are so many menu items and so many different combination possibilities.

My tall friend usually sticks with Hot and Sour Soup, Spicy Szechuan Spicy Chicken a beef or chicken terriyaki.

Hot and Sour Soup and Hot Chili Oil
Szechuan Chicken Lunch Combo - No rice and extra vegetables with hot and sour soup and app $ 9.75

szechuan chicken lunch combo with hot and sour soup and app $ 9.75
Chicken was the popular vote today.  Other orders included chicken and broccoli and chicken and vegetables.  Both opted for crab rangoon appetizers.

Chicken and vegetables lunch combo sans rice with crab rangoon and hot and sour soup $ 9.75
Chicken and Broccoli with white rice lunch combo with crab rangoon and hot and sour soup $ 9.75
One of  my coworkers was daring and tried the Dragon & Phoenix specialty dish which was shrimp, chicken and vegetables in a clear sauce.  He said it was very good.

Dragon and Phoenix $ 14.95

Update* * My friend and I went for lunch today and ordered the chicken pan fried noodles. They were also able to accommodate my special request to do a fried calamari rice plate.

Orange Beef Rice Plate Special $ 7.95

I wanted to try something different so I went with the Marco Polo noodle dish.  The menu described it as "Beef, shrimp, peas and carrots in a lobster sauce smothered over a bed of crispy noodles." My dish was the last to arrive and they forgot the vegetables.  The noodles were not crispy, it was just steamed lo mein.  The dish was definitely different and tasty but on the heavy side.

Marco Polo $ 13.95

In the past., I've also got a few other noodle dishes.  Their beef and vegetable chow foon in gravy sauce is really good.

Beef and Vegetable Chow Fun $ 8.75

I tried their minced beef and cilantro soup.  It was very tasty.

Also, their Vietnamese beef pho is very satisfying on a cold day.  They serve it with the traditional Thai basil, lime and beansprouts in addition to the sriracha and hoison sauce.

Pho Beef $ 8.50
Satay Beef Vermicelli Casserole $ 11.95

I wasn't a fan of the fried jumbo shrimp. There was too much batter (the same one used for the chicken fingers)

Mr. Chan's Jumbo Shrimp Tempura $9.95 Burlington, MA 
 In the frigid New England weather, a large bowl of noodles sure does hit the spot.  I got the peking noodle soup at Mr. Chan's in Burlington. I switched out the yellow noodles for udon noodles.  The dish was hearty and delicious!

Mr.Chan's Burlington Peking Noodle Soup with pork and udon $9.50

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