This weekend, I knocked off two of my chowhound quests. First, I sampled Korean chicken. Then, I tried Spring World, the only resturant in Chinatown that *I know* featuring Yunnan cusine.
The Spring World menu features a variety of unnusual dishes, although there is some overlap with the great menu of Lao Sze Chuan. So much stuff, that my table practically froze in ordering terror, afraid that I was in the mood for hot and spicy pig tongue or fried intestine with spicy pepper. Still, I got to order by asserting rights under Ms. VI's newly minted birthday rule whereas the birthday person gets to pick the menu (first claimed by Ms. VI at Happy Chef a few weeks ago).
From the Yunnan specials, I ordered the special "Across the Bridge" noodle soup, the cold eggplant and the spicy baby chicken with ginger. From the Szechwan side, I ordered the hand shredded chicken with spicy sesmane vinagrette, string beans, spicy pan fried slice pork and dumplings. We also had great just greasy enough scallion pancakes, whose region of origin, I do not know.
This is not your parent's cantonese food. Robust, oily, spicy, rich and thoroughly delicious. Needless to say, the rushed service of Lao Sze Chuan was missing. Where English lacked, warmth and desire made up. Do try.
Now if someone can only try some of the following:
- Tropic Island Jerk Chicken
- Asi En Guerrero Pozoleriza
(Both on North Avenue)
2109A South China Place
(At the opposite end of the chinatown mall from Lao Sze Chuan)