Thank you to all the Chowhounds who gave me a variety of recommendations for Chinese restaurants in San Mateo. Tonight we went to Little Sichuan (4th Avenue at Ellsworth -- across from Draeger's) and had a delicious meal.
It was packed and we had to wait for about 30 minutes for a table but it was well worth it.
We had a small order of Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup that came in a cute mini-tureen. Our waiter said that the little red morsels were good for the eyes (he didn't know the English word -- could they have been pimentos?). There were a few slices of what tasted like potato but I have never run into potatoes at a Chinese restaurant. Very light, enjoyable soup.
Everyone around us seemed to be ordering the Spicy Sichuan Cold Noodles so we went for that and ordered them with chicken. The sauce was delicious and I can only guess that it was some kind of soy sauce, chili, and peanut combination. Delicious strips of chicken and cucumber were mixed in.
Next was the Stir Fried Tofu with Chicken and it was outstanding. The strips of tofu looked like shiitake and had a wonderful smoky flavor.
The only so-so dish was the Scallops A La Sichuan House Special. The scallops were cut thin and the dish had an overabundance of water chestnuts that also resemble scallops. There were unusual mushrooms in this (are they called cloud something?). Anyway, I probably wouldn't order it again, but it wasn't bad.
So I think we will frequent this place often. Thanks again!