Beijing Part 3: Sichuan Restaurants

dan dan noodles

"I wish you hadn't told me that" B said, after I informed him that this dish we had just eaten was Dan Dan Mien. We order a perfectly good dish which shares the same name from one of our favorite restaurants at home. It's a great dish, thick chewy noodles and a sauce that seems to be made from pork and peanut butter. These were different. These were crafted dishes, delicate sauce made with layers of flavor. A hint of vinegar here, Sichuan peppercorn there. A totally unrelated dish. Now that we'd had the true version, that serviceable bowl of noodles back home didn't seem as interesting. We … [Read more...]

China Gate

As much as I am inclined to vote yes on the idea of Dim Sum at night, the service here was not as good as one wants from dim sum. While everything we ordered was made fresh, they were missing about three things we ordered, and one of our dishes never made it out. Our calamari was plain and not warm when it came out (not a good thing for deep fried food). However, I must admit that the salt and pepper fish was quite good, very well spiced, little jalepanos everywhere. Macki, the owner took good care of us, but only because she knew us. I think that if this was their good service, I would be … [Read more...]