I’ve eaten Sichuan food mostly in Hong Kong and part of the reason this doesn’t get 5 stars is because I compare it to there. For America, this really is very good chinese food. I like the way these have a seperate part of the menu – Sichuan Traditional A La Carte – with more authentic Chinese dishes, whilst still offering all the American standards like ‘sweet and sour’ and ‘general tso’s chicken’.
If you stick to the list of sichuan dishes, you will be rewarded with really good chonqing style spicy chicken ‘laaht zi gai’ $9.95 – golden chunks of chicken on the bone fried in an overhwelming amount of chilis. A lot of other restaurants just put a few chilis amongst the chicken, so the large numbers here are great! They give the chicken a really fiery flavour, although I couldn’t taste much of the sichuan pepper which also often features in this dish.
Also pretty good here is the Spicy boiled tender beef (seui jyu ngauh yuhk) $9.95 which has a nicely spicy sauce. The shredded pork in garlic sauce, which is really ‘fish fragrant pork slivers’ or (yuh heung yuhk si) has a reasonable attempt at this distinctive flavour and costs $8.25. The hot noodles with spicy peanut sauce (daan daan mihn) were worth trying for $6.95. Also try the stir-fried bean threads with ground pork – lit ants climbing up bean threads (mah ngai seung syuh) for $8.95.
2525 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94061