I love almost any type of Asian cuisine (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and anything else you can think of). I can't resist the carb-o-liciousness of noodles and rice which are prevalent in these types of food.
Fulin restaurant sits just off Germantown Parkway in Cordova, behind a bank and in the same parking lot as a Domino's and a Sonic. While these spots may be easier to see from the road and have national exposure, they don't necessarily offer the best food this parking lot or even the best value.
Fulin offers a special lunch menu from which the diner can select one of 24 entree options. The lunch-sized portion is served with fried rice, egg roll, choice of soup and a sugar biscuit (I love sugar biscuits!). These range from $4.95 to $6.50 depending on which entree is selected. I chose the sesame chicken, which comes in at a very reasonable $5.75.
Soup choices: Egg drop, Wonton, Hot and Sour and Vegetable. I picked wonton (if you couldn't tell.) It was a pretty standard version. Decent, but nothing special. I've had wonton soup with flavorful broth and tasty wontons, and I've soup with bland broth and tasty wontons. This one represented the latter.
I interupted my lunch special with an order of pan-fried dumplings. I pretty much order them at any Asian restaurant if they're available. These were delicious - the wrapper wasn't too thick and the filling was meaty and juicy.
This version of sesame chicken had tempura-battered chicken fingers with a sweet and tangy sauce spiked with sesame seeds. The batter on the chicken was super light and and the egg roll was crispy without being heavy or greasy.(Did I mention that I love sugar biscuits?)
I'm sure the portion size is larger if you get the full dinner version, but it was more than enough for 2 separate meals.
Final Impressions: As I venture out into the Memphis culinary scene, I've noticed more and more that many restaurants (especially those that serve Chinese food) often have two separate menus: the sort of "Americanized" version and the menu that features traditional, authentic dishes. I was impressed with my meal at Fulin. When I return, I'll try to be more adventurous in my selections and choose something a little more authentic.
Tiffany's Favorite: Pan-fried dumplings
Tiffany's Rating :) :) 1/2 out of :) :) :)
1351 North Germantown Parkway
Average Appetizer Price: $1-$6
Average Entree Price (Lunch) $5-$7 (Regular) $6-$10
Average Specialty Price $8-$15