Restaurant: Hunan Restaurant [1, 2]
Location: 1015 S Nogales St, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. (626) 964-8458
Date: August 3, 2019 & March 1, 2020
Cuisine: Hunan Chinese
Rating: check: Solid
We visited this Hunan place both during or Mandarin Plaza Crawl and as part of a 2 part dinner (after Spicy Moment V2.0).
Located in between the Mandarin Bay and Spicy Moment.
Hunan has a vast menu with pictures and funny translations:
Shredded minced pork with corn and pickled vegetable (8/3/19). Super tasty — pork really helps a veggie. Sure to make things really move along later.
Sautéed lamb (8/3/19). Tasty.
Crispy pork ribs with garlic and chilies (8/3/19). Lots of flavor, not so much meat.
Fish filet with fire cracker salt (8/3/19). Very delicious boiled fish with garlic and chilies.
Spicy pickled cucumbers (8/3/19). Also delicious. Generally a fan fave.
The gang on our 3/1/20 dinner visit.
Bacon with garlic (3/1/20). Basically smoked Hunan pork with leeks and garlic. Nice smokey flavor.
Doughy buns (3/1/20) with white chili-garlic sauce. Dipped in the sauce these were pretty awesome (if carby).
White garlic chili oil.
Ginger chicken (3/1/20). Lots of little bone bits in the cleavered chicken. Nice ginger and garlic flavor.
Spicy steamed fish (3/1/20). Whole fish with Hunan chilis. Nice and light. Hunan classic.
Mountain mushrooms and bacon. Great fibrous texture and nice flavor.
Jeremiah was a Spicy bullfrog hot pot (3/1/20). Very tender frog and nice Hunan frog.
Pork with preserved green beans (3/1/20). Nice crunchy “pickled” beans with chopped pork.
Spicy lamb (3/1/20). Soft and fairly tasty.
Grandmother’s pork (3/1/20). With its own buns. Very soft, salty, Hunan pork belly. Melts in your mouth.
Gizzard with celery (3/1/20). Gizzard is a bit chewy and surprisingly delicious.
Sliced beef boiled with chilies (3/1/20). Very mild and very soft beef. Not everyone’s favorite dish.
Overall, Hunan was also very good. Sort of a blend of (more old school) Szechuan AND Hunan, but who cares when it’s tasty. This place isn’t nearly as spicy as Hunan Chili King (or as good) — and there is a bit of a uniformity to the dishes. But it’s certainly pretty good and distinctly Hunan.
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