7 people. App's:
2 orders of spicy cucumbers
2 orders of Chao Shou/Szechwan wonton
1 order banban chicken. The chicken was a bit dry. The cucumbers and chaoshour were textbook good. We asked them not to go crazy with the spice because sometime they just overdose it and you don't get the nice mix.
ganshao beef, good and toasty, the beef chewy close to a jerky texture. LIked it.
Chenpi (tangerine peel) chicken - first dish to be finished. Big pieces of peel, not all of it is classic dried chenpi but it's tasty. Fruitier than at the more strictly chinese-catering places, but tasty.
Fish slices - this place doesn't offer the ShuiZhu boiled dishes that you'll find at Oriental Pearl or Chungking in Monterey Park. But these were good, the fish they use is sole/longli.
HuiGuoRou/Twice Cooked Pork: good texture on the meat, the cabbage is well-used. Ours was a bit mild but a good contrast to the beef.
YuXiang Eggplant -fishflavored: got this one vegetarian. Lighter colored and flavored than elsewhere. Not bad: wouldn't order it here if the meal were smaller but nice ot have a contrast with all these dishes.
Dan Dan mian/noodles: rice noodles. Thin - took the sauce well, very peanutty. Ordered it because it was New Years/ChuXi.
They didn't have any accomodation for New Year. No whole fish, no whole chicken, no large collection of jiaozi - so just the noodles and the chaoshour. I really don't know what the Sichuanese do for Spring Festival, so I don't know what I'm missing. No oranges for dessert.
But for Palms/Culver City, pretty good. Seven folks (rice/baifan and tea) total with tax and a decent tip - $110.
HU SZECHWAN RESTAURANT
10450 NATIONAL BLVD