Mary Chung’s is a Chinese restaurant my friend Maggie and her parents introduced me to back in high school. I think for a while, they drove into the city every Saturday for Dim Sum. Since I accompanied them frequently on these weekly visits, my tastebuds soon developed a yearning for the two vegetarian dishes they always ordered: Dun Dun Noodles and Scallion Pancakes.
Mary Chung’s makes phenomenal scallion pancakes. A flaky, browned exterior gives away to melt-in-your-mouth, scallion-stuffed layers. These are never too oily, but instead perfectly, lickably, fried. The dipping sauce is dark and tangy. These pancakes are addictive. We ordered two plates for the 3 of us, but I think next time, we’ll have to order three.
The Dun Dun Noodles are equally addictive.
This is a dish I can imagine shoveling into my mouth on a street corner: the cold noodles topped with crunchy white bean spouts, sauteed garlic, and spicy crushed peanut and sesame sauce, can cool you down and heat you up at the same time. The bean sprouts provide the refreshing crunch of water, the noodles are slitheringly long and drenched in crushed peanut and sesame, and the scallions are sharp and nose-clearing. At the end of the meal on Monday, I was left with a few lone noodles on my plate swimming in the delicious, nutty sauce, and I had to stop myself from tilting my plate and slurping it down.
Scallion Pancakes: $2.95 for 4 (we got a double plate). Dun Dun Noodles: $5.25 (lunch special, M-F).
Mary Chung’s is at 464 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Tel: 617-864-1991