Chinese

Legend

Legend is my new go-to Sichuan fix in New York City. It deserves this fair warning: the dishes are very spicy. For people like me, that is a plus. The appetizers here are on the smaller side, but their prices are competitively suited for the size. On the other hand, the entrees come in rather large portions. Therefore, for a table of two, an appetizer and entrée with rice OR two entrees should do the trick, give or take an appetizer or two. The flavors here are pretty authentic and provide no mercy with the amount of peppers and cilantro in the dishes. Strangely, some of the dishes mix in cheaper...

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Xi’an Famous Foods (Bayard St)

For all who are not aware, Xi'an Famous Foods - dubbed hipster Chinese food by New York magazine - is a chain restaurant opened by Chinese American Jason Wang and his father. Some of the chain's most notable dishes include cold skin noodles, freshly hand-ripped noodles, savory Chinese street cart style burgers, and lamb head salad. The restaurants are located in various locations in Queens and Manhattan. The Bayard Street location in Chinatown is a decent location with about 35 stools on long tables and wall counters. Since I had first discovered one of this chain's original locations in Flushing...

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Sichuan Gourmet Framingham

Sichuan Gourmet Framingham is a popular location for Sichuan outside of Boston, close to Natick Mall. Explore this menu! The food here is very spicy but don't order as you would at any Chinese take out place in that you should try more foods by eating family style. Effective use of chili oil is essential to some of the dishes I recommend below. If you need some suggestions, try: Dan Dan Noodles Sichuan Kung Bao Chicken Beef Tendon w. Spicy Wonder Sauce Fish Filets & Napa Cabbage w. Spicy Chili Sauce Ma Po Tofu (with pork as required) (Very spicy) Chinese Eggplant w. Yu Xiang Sauce House...

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New Shanghai Boston

New Shanghai Boston is fantastic for Sichuan/Szechuan food, rather than Shanghai-nese food. This is probably also one of the best Chinese food in the Chinatown area. New Shanghai is satisfying in its use of spicy chili oil iconic to the region. The beautiful red oil is a condiment made from the vegetable oil that has been infused with chili peppers. Therefore, it is meant to flavor and color, rather than to be eaten like a soup, as it sometimes may seem. The restaurant's levels of spicy-ness are already slightly reduced compared to other authentic Sichuan restaurants. Do try the typically famous...

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Food of Fortune and Family Style Dining

Given that I am a Chinese American and lover of Chinese language and culture, readers may find that my blog is Asian food centric and find a lack of focus or expertise towards meat-fixated restaurants. After all, I grew up in a household in which the matriarch (or immigrant mother) barely has more than a drumstick per meal. Chinese people are traditionally Buddhists who eat very little meat. In China, food is considered a blessing. Particularly, many different foods are symbolic of celebration, peace, and other fortunes as explained on BBC. Even the table and method that one uses to eat are symbolic....

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