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Your Favorite Szechuan Dishes in Wu Liang Ye, Szechuan Gourmet and/or Grand Sichuan

nativeNYer | May 16, 2009 01:45 PM

Please name your favorite Szechuan dishes (entrees/appetizers/sides) at WLY, SG and/or GS. A search of WLY was lacking in specifics but I may have missed old posts. I am particularly interested in beef, chicken and noodle dishes but if there's some other amazing dish that you need to tell us about, please do. Spicy is great.

Here's what I've tried:

WLY (W48th):
Dan Dan Noodles - Really outstanding. Noodles are perfectly firm like nowhere else. One of the four times I ordered this dish, the noodles were drowned in peppercorns but it never happened again.

Sauteed Beef Filets - might be my favorite entree but I don't find myself running back for it.

Sauteed Chicken with roasted chili & peanut (kung pao) - meh and not spicy at all.

Stir Fried Chicken with spicy capsicum - meh and not spicy at all.

General Tao's Chicken - this was ok but I am well aware I should be ordering a Szechuan dish here and I'm guessing this was General Tso's Chicken. I ordered this the last time I went out of exasperation of identifying a great dish, thus the purpose of this thread.

SG (W39th):
dan dan noodles - not firm, tasteless, no comparison to WLY but I only tried them once here.

Wok Tossed Crispy Beef Filets with roasted chili cumin - I think this is the entree I ordered about a yr ago for my first and only visit but whatever I ordered had a very unusual flavor. It took several bites to decide whether I hated or liked it but I now find that I am craving it. I never tasted anything like it before. I thought I had tasted cumin before but somehow this was different.

GS (Lex):
I don't remember what I tried here but I had decided I would not return. Sorry. Not too helpful but there was nothing special about it.

GS (9th Ave):
This was the worst of the bunch. The Dan Dan noodles were terrible and I did not like the entree I ordered at all. Again, no recollection even after looking at the menu just now. It was a meat dish with lots of thick, heavy brown sauce in a bowl (it wasn't a soup) and lots of veggies. I thought I had ordered from the speciality menu rather than straightforward Chinese.

So, I am aware I may not be ordering the best dishes and would like to hear about yours. Details on the reasons you enjoy the dish and additional ordering instructions when placing an order (especially if you are Chinese) would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!

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