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Four Rivers (Chinatown)


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Four Rivers (Chinatown)

Buckethead | | Aug 27, 2012 07:45 AM

This place has been mentioned a few times in other threads, mostly by barryg

I figured I'd start a thread just for it. I checked it out recently and really liked it, especially for the price (dirt cheap), the service (very friendly and helpful), and the atmosphere (definitely Chinatown but not dirty or dumpy). We didn't eat a lot, and since we'd never been there before we stuck to things mentioned in other threads: spicy cucumbers, crystal wontons, and peppercorn chicken. They were all good, especially the cucumbers and peppercorn chicken, both of which I preferred to Han Dynasty's versions. The cucumbers were dressed lightly, not bathing in a pool of oil like at HD (not that I don't like that!), the texture was better than at HD and the spicy heat was more complex. I think they may be using a different variety of cucumber. Peppercorn chicken was as barryg said, redolent of szechuan peppercorn (something that's been lacking at the Old City HD for quite a while) and delicious. Crystal wontons were OK but I prefer HD's wontons in chili oil. At $22 for the lot I'm not complaining though.

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