Maotai Kitchen is the latest incarnation at the spot previously occupied by Manchurian Legend/River Melody/Leong's Legend Inn. Anyway, they are all owned by the same folks.
Lunched there today with fellow Chowhound Limster. True to its name, Maotai Kitchen serves Guizhou cuisine (貴州菜), and a surprisingly tasty rendition at that. We had:
- Steamed glutinous rice and peanuts, topped with marinated pork belly slices. The sticky rice was very flavoursome, having absorbed the pork fat and marinade from the pork. The menu described the dish as having red dates as well, although it was not evident - perhaps present in the marinade sauce. Very tasty dish.
- Guizhou noodle soup with crispy pork: handmade, flat noodles were used here, served in a spicy-sour broth, and topped with pork crackling and golden, crisp-fried soybeans, green bokchoy and chopped scallions. The spicy soup has the same numbing effect as Sichuanese/Hunanese dishes.
- Braised tofu cubes with salted duck's eggyolk sauce, green soybeans and shrimps, topped with chopped scallions. Absolutely bursting with flavours.
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed today's meal - one of the best I'd had in Chinatown in a long time.
12 Macclesfield Street
London W1D 5BP
Tel: +44 2074 378785