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Spectacular dou ban yu (chili bean paste fish) at Old Sichuan on Bayard in Chinatown today

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Spectacular dou ban yu (chili bean paste fish) at Old Sichuan on Bayard in Chinatown today

buttertart | Oct 23, 2010 06:45 PM

We've had some very good dishes at this place since it became Old Sichuan (was Yeah Shanghai Deluxe) but today's dou ban yu was absolutely, utterly, delicious.
The dou ban sauce was hot and piquant with black vinegar, not sweet as it is many other places we've eaten it, including Szechuan Gourmet most recently.
The fish (a non-muddy tasting tilapia) was impeccably cooked (steamed, not deepfried) and soft as butter. I usually don't like fish belly but we scavenged every iota of fish flesh including the belly and all of the head meat just so we could keep eating that sauce. Best version ever in our experience in North America.
The other dishes - sheng jian bao that were nice and crusty on the bottom, and juicy within, braised belly pork with chestnuts, cumin lamb, beef with broccoli (a misfire on my ordering, I wanted the great jielan we had the previous time, it was ok but not thrilling), Sichuan pickled veg, seaweed salad, and the dousha fried pancake we had for dessert were very good too.
Go and have that fish, you won't be sorry.

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Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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