Sichuanese Cuisine (Northwest corner of Coit & Parker) was recommended by Soulslinger on a couple of other threads for mega-spicy authentic fare. I headed out that way with a group of adventurous diners a couple of weekends ago and we were rewarded with exactly that, mega-spicy authentic fare.
Sichuanese Cuisine has two locations in the Seattle area and has recently opened this Plano location. The flavors are bold, not toned down. You have to sort through the menu (which has its share of generic westernized dishes like General Tsao's Chicken and Beef with Broccoli). Most of the authentic Sichuan dishes are under the "House Specialty" section with a few scattered in the other sections. When you order the right dish (mostly anything with the word Sichuan or Spicy in the name or description), it's heavy with Sichuan peppercorn which is not only spicy, but also numbing, ala "ma-la" sauce.
We had the twice cooked pork, a hot pot with Sichuan pickled vegetables and cellophane noodles, and water-boiled beef. Twice cooked pork was out of this world good. If you're in the mood for authentic Chinese and want something different than Chinese BBQ, try Sichuanese Cuisine. Warning, you have to be a spicy-food fan not afraid of a certain level of fieriness, otherwise you'll probably just be miserable.
For full review with photos: http://donnacooks.wordpress.com/2007/...
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