Restaurant: ? in Chengdu
Location: ? in Chengdu
Date: August 5, 2018
Cuisine: Szechuan Chinese
Rating: Solid Szechuan, but not the best we had
After our day baking in the 100deg heat at Leshan it was late enough that we didn’t have time to go back to the hotel before dinner — Chinese restaurants all closing quite early.
So instead we headed to another of Chengdu’s many lovely restored alley streets for more crowds and dinner.
Again, if any of my Chinese reading friends can translate this name so I know where we ate, I’d be grateful.
More beer to sooth the heat.
Plain noodles for my son.
Plain noodle soup for another kid wary of the red.
A Szechuan pupu platter of sorts — or a selection of (mostly) cold plates.
Smoked beef or ham, again like pastrami.
A few random dim sum.
Mapo tofu. How could we not order it again? This one was saltier, not as spicy, and with less depth than the one we had our first night in Chengdu. It was fine, but not nearly as good.
Rice for the mapo.
Pork belly with preserved vegetables. I really enjoyed this dish. Rich fatty meat offset by the salty/funky vegetables underneath.
Weird spongy mushrooms and bock choy. Not bad for a vegetable.
Cabbage and lotus seeds in egg yolk sauce. Pretty good actually. This is a combo I’ve only had once, at Duck House in the form of a crab, egg yolk, and cabbage dish.
Crispy beef with crispy rice and a whole lotta-chilies. I loved this dish. The beef was nice and chewy with a delightful hot aromatic quality. Not actually that spicy.
Fresh flounder in chili oil. Lots of oil. Lots of chilies. Lots of bones. But tasty.
Pan fried rice cakes with Szechuan peppercorns. The peppercorns were a surprise to the kids who otherwise wanted the rice cakes. Gave it a bit of a tingle!
Sesame eyeballs. Gooey rice with sesame inside. Actually one of the best Chinese desserts.
Overall, this place was solid. Flavors weren’t as complex as at Chen Mapo Tofu but we had some interesting dishes and they were quite good.
Afterward we took a walk done the large and deserted alley — not, it was the usual Chinese mob scene.
There was all sorts of street snacks, and pretty much only traditional Chinese snacks like these mooncakes and jellies.
Fruit with dry ice.
More ear cleaning.
And even panda dumplings!