I heard that Chef Zhang is back. That's good news for all of us who loves his spicy food and Sichuan dishes. His new place occupies what used to be Tokyo Fusion in the Gateway Shopping Center near the intersection of Route 202 and Route 252. The old neon sign of Tokyo Fusion is still on display but, sure enough, he has hand-written signs taped to the glass door that say "Rez's Ping Pong" and "川味坊". He was there wrapping wonton yesterday when we dropped in for dinner.
We ordered 4 dishes: Ma Po Tofu, Water-Boiled Fish, Sliced Ginger/Shredded Duck, and Pickled Pepper/Tripe. With the exception of Ma Po Tofu, everything else was good - spicy, fresh, the right texture, with as-remembered flavors. I was crying not just because of the heat but also because I was very happy. As for the Ma Po Tofu, I was disappointed by the silken tofu they used instead of the traditional todu I preferred. But the dish was still better than what other Chinese restaurants could manage to produce.
I am rating his food with 4 stars because I don't believe I can find better Sichuan anywhere else easily. Service was attentive but unprofessional, similar to what one gets at other Chinese restaurant. Decor and ambience are similar to the 2 Exton restaurants where Chef Zhang worked 2-3 years ago. .
This morning I sent email out to all my local Chinese friends to let them know about this place. I expect to see some of them there tonight. Yes, I am going back. They are smoking ducks with tea leaves today. Can't wait to try it.