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The owners of MJ China Bistro frequently fly east to explore emerging and traditional trends in Chinese cuisine, translating their findings into a variety of gourmet Asian dishes. The menu abounds with specialty creations such as the tomato-braised short ribs, a tender rack of boneless beef ribs slow cooked in a tomato-wine sauce ($12.99). Chefs preparing the osso bucco poach a bone-in pork shank in a traditional Chinese soy-and-rice-wine sauce ($16.99) and sauté the client-favorite salt-and-pepper shrimp with onions, jalapeños, and a salt-and-pepper mix ($13.99). Those seeking seaweed-wrapped cuisine may sample the Lobster Dynamite sushi roll with spicy crawfish, avocado, and lobster salad ($14.99), or simply wrap entrees in seaweed from their own harvest. Guests savor their meals while perched in sleek rows of tables and booths, surrounded by earthy tones and subdued lighting. Chinese artwork gazes down upon visitors from the walls and statues come alive to announce specials from an auctioneer lectern.
MJ China Bistro
A reception desk lined in shimmery green tiles welcomes diners to the earth-toned dining room of MJ China Bistro, where ambitious stalks of bamboo stretch upwards around the perimeter of the seating area. Reflecting the contemporary decor of the room, the kitchen crafts a menu of traditional Chinese-American cuisine with a modern spin. Diners can wrap spoonfuls of mu shu pork in pancakes made by hand. Tea and sugar coat the browning skin of duck as it slowly smokes, its five-spice marinade growing more complex in flavor. The Chin Yuan pork chop, a classic Taiwanese street food, soaks in a secret blend of spices before being fried until just crispy on the outside but still tender on the inside, just like the best customer-service operators.
The restaurant also houses a sushi bar, where chefs whip up the TNT Roll, a combination of crawfish, tuna, and salmon drizzled in a chipotle mayo spicier than that time Charo put wasabi and Sriracha sauce in her tea.