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Chinese in Paris

Cookingthebooks | Oct 2, 2008 12:53 AM

A few recent threads have alluded to good Chinese food in Paris and I would love to hear your favorites!

I lived in China for four years and crave Sichuan food, which I have not had much luck finding. From chatting with Chinese folks here it seems like most Chinese restaurants are run by people from Wenzhou, which is not exactly renowned for its cuisine.

I have tried Iris in the 3ème, which I thought was good but not spectacular. I enjoyed a cold dish of spicy shredded potatoes and the hot and sour stir-fried cabbage. The yuxiang rousi was serviceable but lacked depth of flavor. I was disappointed that they didn't have mapo doufu (and they claim to serve Sichuanese food -- ha!). The lamb chuan'r was more gristle than meat; though the cumin flavor was authentic, this was not a favorite (but to be fair, it's not one of my favorites in China either).

Chinese friends have mentioned there is a Sichuan place at the Galeries Lafayette -- has anyone tried it?

Any other suggestions?

Side note -- does anyone know where to find fermented black beans? They don't carry them at Tang Frères. Also how to say it in French? "Les haricots de soja noir fermenté" didn't seem to be ringing any bells...

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