Pan Fried Dumplings

Located at 343 Elizabeth Street in North Hobart, Mulan would have to be Hobart’s most elegant Asian cuisine.  Not traditional by any means, but rather serving traditional Chinese flavours in a Western style, Mulan has an extensive menu that, after a number of visits and different selections, never fails to please.  With a number of semi-pivate booths downstairs along with open dining and a larger room upstairs, the restaurant can cater to dinner for a number of different occasions.  Most recently, it was to be the dinner location for a catch up with my friend Jess who I grew up with in Hobart, but now lives in Burnie.

The restaurant was very quiet, even for a Monday night in Hobart.  Aside from our table of three, there was one other table in the restaurant.  It was a little disappointing that we were seated right next to them.  It was probably more disappointing to the other party who had to listen to us talk at the top of our voices, covering many subjects – some more savoury than others.  Despite cramming the only seven diners into one section of the restaurant, conserving space didn’t seem to conserve heat.  Aside from being sheltered from the wind it really felt no different from sitting outside.  I had a couple of glasses of red wine to warm myself up and found that there was nothing else to criticise about the entire experience.

Yu Xiang Pork

Whenever I have Chinese, I can not help but have a full meal of multiple courses.  After scouring the menu and struggling to choose what to eat due to being spoilt for choice, I decided to lean away from  my normal selection, Stir Fry Cumin Lamb Fillets, and went for Yu Xiang Pork for my main.  On either side of the main I had pan fried dumplings for entree and deep fried ice-cream for dessert.  The pork was absolutely delicious, basically shredded pork fillet in a sichuan sauce accompanied with mushrooms, leeks and capsicum.  A small portion of rice was enough to go with this meal which I completely cleaned up.  The meal was quite large, but definitely manageable by one.  This is the kind of restaurant where you could order two mains between two people and then share between you.

More expensive than most Chinese places in Hobart, Mulan certainly needs to deliver to warrant the extra outlay of money.  Every occasion I have been there it definitely has and the quality of the food has never left you with a bad taste in your mouth or bitter about forking out a couple of extra dollars for quality Asian cuisine.

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