At some point, every country builds a Great Wall to keep the secret of its cuisine from spreading to foreign nations, only to find that the real wall lies in its heart. Tear down the Great Wall of painful secrets with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian cuisine during dinner at MJ China Bistro on Huebner Road.
MJ China Bistro lines Western palates with a menu of Eastern cuisine, including meats dressed in traditional Chinese sauces and spice-laden sushi rolls. A selection of specialty dishes allows chefs to spotlight masterpieces worthy of pasting on the fridge, such as the Gan Shao prawns served in sake and tomato sauce ($17.99) or the spicy basil beef ($11.99). MJ China Bistro also serves up succulent sushi plates, such as the JK roll, a concoction of shrimp tempura and cream cheese topped with snow crab and avocado ($12.99). The TNT roll meshes marinated spicy crawfish, spicy tuna, and spicy salmon, ignited by chipotle mayo ($14.99). Appetizers such as the crispy spring roll ($7.99) or calamari ($8.99) enable diners to have a little munch before settling down with an entree.
Elegant hanging lanterns and a bar blanketed in emerald-colored tiles greets customers as they enter an atmosphere of rich wood and smooth décor. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., ensuring diners have ample time to stretch stomachs with breakfast and lunch beforehand.
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.