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Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant

601 E Orangethorpe Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 446-9553

 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mas-chinese-islamic-restaurant-anaheim-2

 

I’m sure many of you are going, “Huh?  What’s Chinese Islamic food?”  That’s how I was when some friends first suggested going to eat at Mas’ some years ago.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Since it is an Islamic restaurant, there is no pork on the menu.  That is rule number one — do not ask for pork dishes because there aren’t any.  Second thing to note:  everything is halal.  That means all of the food have been prepared according to Islamic law, which include a series of rituals before the meat was slaughtered.  Third — it really is a Chinese restaurant and has all the typical dishes you’d expect, sans the pork.  The restaurant itself is huge, but it’s not a bad idea to make a reservation as it does tend to fill up quickly.  Be warned, portions are very generous, so it’s great for large parties.  We ALWAYS end up with lots of leftovers.  🙂  Now on with the food!

 

Once you see this signage, it’s time to turn into the parking lot~

 

Thick spring onion sesame bread 芝麻大餅.   You can choose from the thin or thick.  It’s a must-order item — you’ll see it almost at every table.  The portions are huge per order,  like a 12-14 in pizza.  The bread doesn’t look like much, but there is an abundance of flavor once you take a bite! $9.95

 

Green onion lamb 蔥爆羊肉.  People who love lamb will love this dish!  The green onions diminish the gaminess of the lamb and adds excellent flavor.  Yum!  White rice comes with the dishes.  $11.95

 

Three-flavored hand-cut noodles 三鮮炒刀削麵.  The noodles are handmade and a little thicker than normal noodles, therefore also a bit chewier.  It’s stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts and meat.  $10.95

 

Home-style roast chicken 道口燒雞.  You can choose between a half order or a whole order.  We ordered the half.  The chicken was decent, but not as flavorful or juicy as the one from Earthen.  Half order $7.95  whole chicken $14.50.

 

Lamb with pickled cabbage warm pot 酸菜羊肉砂鍋。Lots of lamb, pickled cabbage and clear noodles!  The broth is really refreshing since it has all that pickled cabbage.  The pot keeps the soup hot for a while. You can ask for free refills on the soup base.  I love it!  Regular pot (6-8 people) $14.50 and large pot (8 – 12 people) $17.95

 

Tofu omelette.  The egg omelette covers the tofu, in a very tasty soy-based sauce.   Yum!

 

Between the five of us and the dishes ordered above, we still had half of it to take home.  That’s how big the portions are.  The food is still sooo good the next day!

[Hsihu, Taiwan] A-Ming Lamb Pot 溪湖-阿明羊肉爐

Address:  彰化縣 溪湖鎮 員鹿路二段 416號

Hours:  9am – 11pm

Telephone:(04)8816-961

Restaurant website:  http://www.a-ming.com.tw/

Other reviews (in Mandarin):  http://cafuca2.pixnet.net/blog/post/14318255-冬

http://www.wretch.cc/blog/abunc8/34532963

 

From the times that I grew up in Taiwan, and the times I’ve visited since then, I don’t think I’ve ever had lamb pot until my last trip.  We were around the Hsihu area and my uncle recommended that we try the lamb pot, which is a specialty of the Hsihu area.  A-Ming’s has been around for at least 60 years, so we were really looking forward to try it.

Apprently A-Ming’s is pretty well known, and has already had an interview or two in the news…

 

Once you walk in the restaurant, you’re greeted by all sorts of lamb parts.  Quite daunting!  There’s lamb skin, lamb tendons, lamb bones, etc.

 

Besides the lamb pots, you can also order all sorts of lamb dishes.  The hot stir-fry items include lamb intestines, lamb testicles (yikes!), lamb heart, lamb kidneys, or just plain lamb meat.  There’s also boiled meat options like boiled lamb meat, boiled lamb leg, boiled lamb tail… NTD 200 (approx USD 7) for a small dish and NTD 300 (~USD $10) for a large dish.

 

The lamb pot comes in a large pot, and already has lots of lamb meat in it – you get to choose between lamb meat with the skin on or without the skin.  There’s also options to add in extra meat and/or other lamb parts.  The soup base is traditional chinese medicinal herbs that has been cooked for hours.  Lamb pot is a winter delicacy – eating it is supposed to rejuvenate you against the cold winter.  Each order of the lamb pot is NTD 500 (~USD $17).  This is a 2 order pot – the waitress had told us it would be enough for our party of 7.

 

Assorted veggies (cabbage and radish) also came with the lamb pot.  So just throw them all in once the lamb pot arrives.  All of the seating are round tables, so it’s easy for everyone to reach for the food!

 

The lamb pot with everything thrown in.  It looked and smelled so good!

 

We also ordered noodles on the side (乾麵線) since the lamb  doesn’t come with rice.  The noodles tasted hand-made and was really good with the soup.  Each order of the noodle is NTD 30 (~USD $1)… this is 5 orders.

 

The lamb pot we ordered had lamb meat with the skin.  The lamb meat was tender and flavorful.  The soup base was a combination of the sweetness of the goji berries (枸杞), the richness of the herbs and the aroma of the rice wine.  There’s no gaminess on the lamb at all… I think the herbs must take away the gaminess. Yummy!

 

We also ordered the stir-fried mixed lamb intestines (熱炒羊雜).  It was stir-fried with basil, garlic and green onions.  Really flavorful and a great dish to go with beer!