Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of Asian fare at Mulan Asian Bistro in Lewis Center.
Mulan Asian Bistro mines the culinary history of China and Thailand to build the entrees and signature noodles dishes that fill the lunch and dinner menus. The dan-dan garlic noodle dish with chicken accessorizes a nest of egg noodles and bean sprouts with a spicy coat of ground chicken stir-fried with scallions, garlic and chili peppers ($5.95 for lunch, $8.50 for dinner). Morsels of battered chicken breast share space with broccoli-cap roommates in orders of sesame chicken ($6 for lunch, $10.25 for dinner), fighting over how much sauce each piece gets and making a chore wheel to decide which has to clean the plate. Coax forth spice-driven salivations with the thai red curry shrimp's bowl of bell peppers, bamboo shoots, and shrimp bobbing in a simmering mixture of sweet coconut milk and spicy red curry ($7 for lunch, $10.95 for dinner). Vegetable entrees break from the meaty chains of traditional proteins with herbaceous items such as the spicy mala string beans ($5.50 for lunch, $7.35 for dinner), which can also double as a vegan-friendly medium for tin can telephones.
Steaming plates rest on white cloths spread across the tables and booths in Mulan's colorful dining room. Hardwood floors, teal walls, and exposed rafters surround diners while curved accents decorate the space and evoke gentle waves as effortlessly as an amphibious mime.