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TULSA now has 2 Chinese restaurants to be proud of

Brian S | Nov 15, 2013 09:51 AM

Tulsa, for far too long a city where Chinese food meant gloppy sweet sauce with bits of chicken floating in it, now has a Chinese restaurant to be proud of. In fact, we have two. You might find a few dishes on the menu which you just can't find even in New York. Tulsa now has a big enough population of Chinese exchange students and residents to support these exciting culinary ventures.

China Garden

The tables are packed with Chinese diners come to enjoy a fiery menu of food from Sichuan. Mao Xue Wang, for example, is a chili-filled soup which, like the Iranian stew called kale pache, has every part of the animal thrown in. There are pillowy cubes of pig's blood jostling slices of pig's intestine. Lots of vegetables and a ton of chili pepper, with Sichuan peppercorns too. Other famous and hard-to-find Sichuan dishes include La Zi Ji (chicken with a mountain of chilis), Farmhouse Pork (a dish originally from Hunan), cumin lamb, fiery water-cooked fish, Saliva Chicken, and Husband and Wife Sliced Lung. The section of the menu with these unusual treats is written in Chinese only but I've translated it for a Tulsa message board. So as not to cross-post, I can't copy it but can give you the link. http://tulsafood.com/asian/feel-the-h... Many standard Sichuan dishes are, for the less adventurous, also available, including Yu Xiang pork and twice-cooked pork.

9720 E 31 Street
938-6518
http://www.chinagardentulsa.com

Mandarin Taste

The friendly owner is from Peking and her menu offers simple North Chinese fare as well as a few Sichuan specialties. On Monday, you can get braised pig's feet in a rich brown sauce. (Other braised offerings are not quite as good.) Lots of delicious dumpling and noodle dishes as well as hearty noodle soups. They do a great version of water-boiled fish, fiery beyond belief. Another fine choice is Suan Cai Yu. It’s similar to the boiled fish, but with much less heat. Fish and pickled vegetables over clear noodles made with potato flour, and all in this soup bowl big enough to bathe a baby and chock-full of rich delicious sour greenish broth. There are delicious specials written on a blackboard. Ask and they'll be happy to translate.

6125 S Sheridan
918-878-7998

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