Stopped by for lunch w/ my brother today.
Very friendly hostess who helped us w/ ordering. We had the dumplings in spicy sauce and dan dan noodles for appetizers. The dumplings were a little small and in a sesame and hot pepper sauce; didn't taste just like hot sauce because there was a complex aftertaste. The dan dan noodles tasted different (and look a little different) than other places. There are some vegetables on the bottom and instead of the standard ground beef on top, it looked more like crumbled bacon, but it wasn't. I think it had cumin too because the taste was more complex than other dan dan noodles I've had.
For the other dish we had was off the chinese menu and is very popular w/ other folks who like spicy food. I think the english approximate name is dried chicken w/ hot peppers. Picture dry fried chicken popcorn. Spicy, but w/ a complex taste (cumin again I think).
It's at the Rte.38 exit and a right at the first light. It's in what once used to be an old small mansion so the decor is interesting.
Far better than New Taste of Asia IMHO, and my brother thought the dried chicken was moister on the inside than a similar dish at Sichuan Gourmet. I think it rivals Sichuan Gourmet as the only suburban chinese restaurants that don't suck. The chef is supposedly from a 5 star restaurant in china.
90% of the clientele is asian (mandarin speaking) so they have to be doing something right ;-)
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