I was initially interested in Chinese Muslim food as a curiosity. I knew there was a sizeable population of Muslims in
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The menu here doesn't look a whole lot different than most Chinese restaurants. There are all the usual Chinese staples: wontons, egg rolls and dumplings.
But if you order moo shu, it's going to have shrimp or beef or anything but pork. Pork is off-limits, and the meat is halal. You won't find alcohol on the menu either, but that's true at a lot of Chinese restaurants anyway.
There was beef and chicken and a healthy selection of tofu dishes (vegetarian friends won't be left wanting) and quite a few fish and shrimp dishes, but I came here for the lamb.
I was glad to see lamb celebrated in its own section of the menu: lamb in chili sauce, Beijing-style lamb, moo-shu lamb, curry lamb and, my ultimate choice, lamb in sa cha sauce.