As I awoke late and had dinner plans on Saturday, I decided not to eat that day. Obviously, this was ill advised as by 1PM I was starving and seriously jonesing for noodles. So it was off to a late, lite lunch at Manchunhong. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, but I remembered being nuts for their hand-made noodles. (I’m not aware of any other Chinese restaurant in Atlanta that makes their own…let me know)
Pan Fried Pork Dumplings
We started with Pan fried pork dumplings. Typically, I prefer them steamed, as frying can make them heavy and greasy. These, however, were the opposite – not greasy at all, with a light flavor. Perhaps it’s because Manchunhong has an open kitchen – they must feel a bit more compelled that others to keep the oil changed in the fryer.
Onions with fermented black beans, pickled daikon, pickled cabbage
Seafood chao mien & cha chiang mien
Then on to the noodles: cha chiang mien (in my opinion, done the right way). A slightly chewy noodle is topped with a thick, salty, sticky black sauce of fermented black beans with onion, pork and dried shrimp and julienned cucumber. I still remember the first time I was presented with this dish in 1995 – I was a bit frightened of it. Then I tasted it and became addicted. I have also since learned to wear black when I know I will be eating this – it does indeed go everywhere and no, it does not come out of white clothing.
Seafood chao mien – pretty much does what it says on the tin. Stir-fried (chao) seafood (shrimp, squid and scallops) and vegetables with noodles (mien). Very tasty, with shockingly fresh seafood.
Seafood tang mien
Seafood tang mien is essentially the chao mien with soup and some cabbage added. Normally this is a spicy Szechuan dish, but we ordered without the chili.
Manchunhong has been a favorite of mine for good, authentic Chinese food for a while now. Definitely go for the noodles and ignore any of the westernized items on the menu. There is a lot to explore on their menu (they even have several pork belly dishes – hooray).
5953 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340