Thursday, April 09, 2009

Not so Famous Sichuan

Famous Sichuan
Pell St, near Bowery (Chinatown)

Chengdu Mungbean Noodle at Famous Sichuan
Last night I met Deb for dinner at Famous Sichuan in Chinatown. Located across from Joe's Shanghai, it was much less crowded (but much more delicious). After looking through the extensive menu we picked the Chengdu Mungbean Nooles. Thick and short with a spicy sauce, these were served cold. Deliciously salty and good for whetting the appetite.

Pepper with shredded potato at Famous Sichuan
This was an interesting item - Peppers with Shredded Potato. Fairly mild tasting but great with the fish, pictured below. This is something I've never seen in a Chinese restaurant so we decided to try it.

String beans & bamboo shoots with pickled cabbage at Famous Sichuan
String beans with fresh bamboo shoots and pickled cabbage - this was a great veggie side. I'm used to seeing canned bamboo shoots. These were delicious and fresh. The textures of the two vegetables were a good contrast as well. The pickled cabbage added great flavor. I didn't realize I could buy it at the store! Putting it on my list for next time, not that I'll know what to do with it. Maybe braised ox tail?

Braised tilapia in Sichuan Chili Miso Paste at Famous Sichuan
Braised tilapia in Sichuan Chili Miso Paste. This was not like any tilapia I'd had before. It was steakier, almost like grouper. The sauce was delicious and not spicy at all. Very flavorful and as mentioned earlier, great with the potato.

Blub blub blub...
A close up of the fish's face. Poor little bugger! He had no idea he'd end up dead on a plate smothered in yummy sauce.

Fish carnage
I can't believe we ate the whole thing! Well except for the head but by that point we were too stuffed to try.

All in all, delicious. And cheap! Very comparable to Spicy & Tasty (the chef used to work there). So if you are in the mood for some great Sichuan and don't want to go all the way out to Flushing, this is a great option.

After leaving we looked at the people lining up at Joe's Shanghai and shook our heads. That's what you get for reading the Zagat guide!

1 comment:

Bonbon Oiseau said...

ha! beautiful pics lady
! that was a good dinner for sure!
i love the wreckage!