Quick note to follow up on my earlier post in search of Szechuan Hot Pot (see link below).
Wu Liang Ye on Murray Hill has this dish again now that it is getting cold. We went last week and got one-half spicy Szechuan style, one-half not spicy (more like a chicken broth). With it, we ordered leafy greens, chicken, tofu and baby corn. We requested the spicy side to be "extra spicy".
Seriously, fantastic. Absolutely wonderful and highly recommended. The broth was excellent, and all the ingredients seemed very fresh. In particular, the chicken was great. It seemed to have been marinated in something that left it extremely tender and with an almost milky consistency. Unfortunately, they did not have mushrooms available that day, or fried tofu (only soft tofu).
For me, the spicy side was spot-on perfect while the non-spicy side was not too interesting. Lots of szechuan red peppers and peppercorns. For my gf, the spicy side was too spicy to really enjoy.
Prices were extremely reasonable.
FYI, it is not on the English language menu, but the staff was extremely helpful - probably helps to know what you're getting into with the dish though. Worked out fine with two of us, but it might be more fun with a bigger group to try more items.
We also got an appetizer of spicy mung been noodles that were terrific.
The whole experience was a very pleasant surprise for me, since I have not been a huge fan of Wu Liang Ye in the past. Thought it was good, but not great. However, I couldn't have been happier with our experience this time.
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