Restaurant: Chen Mapo Tofu
Location: 197 W Yulong St, LuoMaShi, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610000. +86 28 8675 4512
Date: August 3, 2018
Cuisine: Szechuan Chinese
Rating: Most balanced Szechuan I’ve had
Being an obsessive lover of Szechuan food I’ve been wanting to go to Chengdu for years.
It’s really quite a neat city with both modern…
And “antique” buildings — something you don’t see as much of in many Chinese towns. It also has A LOT of crowds having grown in the last 20 years from about 3 million to over 16 million people!
For our first night we arrived late from the train and rushed around the corner from our hotel to this recommended classic Szechuan place named Chen Mapo Tofu. The downstairs part looked hipped and was MOBBED. The guy at the front barely talked to us but basically told us that there were more people waiting than were going to eat tonight so he sent us upstairs to their less crowded area — we think.
The upstairs was through this portal.
And here is the menu.
I took a picture of the first page of the huge menu. Wish I had the patience to photo 20 pages, but alas I did not.
Signature mapo tofu. I’ve had a lot of “pocked marked old lady face tofu” and even make it myself. This might have been the best I’ve had, certain was great. Look at all that Szechuan peppercorn on top for the extra numb effect — love it!
We had to get some rice, of course, for the quintessential combo.
Mapo over rice.
Had to try some Kung Pao Chicken at the source. Really nice. Not too spicy, but with a complex savory/sour kind of flavor that was really good and much more lively than the bland American versions.
Tofu and mushrooms. Very nice mild yellow broth type of tofu. The chewier more fried kind.
Clams and chicken with chiles. The chicken had all the bones, beak, feet etc. Very tasty sauce though with all the pepper. I really enjoyed this dish.
Fresh whole fish boiled with chilies. Really nice version of this Szechuan classic soaked in chili oil and oozing with peppercorns and chilies. The only problem was all the bones.
Overall, this was a great meal, best we had in Chengdu. I’ll have to go back because I know the city has so much good stuff to offer. I really enjoyed the complex spicy, numb, tangy, sour flavors.