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"More traditional food. Lower prices." Szechuan House, Timonium

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"More traditional food. Lower prices." Szechuan House, Timonium

baltoellen | Sep 13, 2009 01:20 PM

The above was what my server said to me when I asked about the new (around for about two months) "Night Owl" menu at Szechuan House.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, the name "night owl" doesn't mean anything, since you can order from the menu at any time. It offered very low priced dishes on not so small plates. I think the most expensive item was $6.50.

Except for one dish, some sort of pulverized, highly spiced pork over rice, we were very happy with everything we ordered. That included Spicy Chinese Sausages, served with leeks, crispy tofu, and something called "cold slow" which was a "Chef's choice," and included spicy tripe, spicy cucumbers, soy beans with teeny tiny anchovies, and some sort of seaweed.

And, while I can't recall if this has always been on the "Countryside Taste" part of the menu, we also had the Manila clams and ginger soup, which was incredible. Very simple preparation of whole clams in a gingery broth with scallions. Perfect.

Finally, while this isn't one of those frustrating "secret menus just written only for people who speak our language" type of thing, please note that I only found the menu while waiting for a table. It was posted near the fish tanks. I found a stack of paper copies of the menu near the register. You may want to pick one up on your way to your table.

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