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Flushing Review: Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan


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Flushing Review: Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

scoopG | May 16, 2010 02:39 PM

Is Flushing ready to have a second Hunan restaurant? About two weeks ago Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan opened. My waiter told me the same folks who operate the Grand Sichuan chain own it. (“Must have sprung up overnight.”) They have plans in due season to serve breakfast (from 7:00 a.m.) with plenty of buns, Chinese-style pancakes and dumplings, as well as Night Snacks (10:00 pm to 2:00 am.)

In addition to the characteristic Cold Platters, Appetizers, Soups and Vegetable sections, the menu also has headings like Hunan Country Style Dishes, Hunan Old Style Dishes, Famous Hunan Dishes, Hunan Steamed Dishes, Casserole and Clay Pot and “Healthy.” On weekdays they have 20 lunchtime “over rice” specials with soup for $4.75. Here’s what was disposed of on my first flyover:

Pickled Cabbage, Hunan style – light and crunchy with a savory, mild kick.

Hunan Eggplant – although listed as spicy, this wasn’t. The eggplant was mashed, which I wasn’t expecting. Definite taste of sesame oil. More of texture dish to contrast with the other edibles to follow.

Dan Dan Noodles – I know, I know. Why order this at a Hunan joint? You already know the provenance of HK of GS and I'm always trolling for a tasty DDM. I was let down by the overcooked noodles and dearth of minced pork to so many lonesome noodles.

Chicken with Hot Red Pepper – Choice bits of garlic, scallions and ginger amid the mountain of dried chili peppers. My only quibble was that the chicken chunks (on the bone) could have been a little larger. (Hunan House offers this dish boneless for the bone-impaired.)

Braised Pork, Mao’s Style – This was the best dish by far. Well braised with juicy chunks of pork belly in a goodly gravy.

White Pepper Smoked Beef – My second favorite. Ever so many dried white peppers and the smoked-dry beef made this very flavorsome.

Hunan Fried Rice – not something I usually ever get but dining companions wheedled me. Interesting interpretation with bits of egg, bacon, fat and pickled vegetables and just a dab too much oil.

There is certainly enough “elegant sufficiency” at HK of GS to bring me back again. That I’ve tasted first Hunan House love in Flushing makes me prepossessed. But oh those coquettish glances from Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan!

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
42-47 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Tel: 718-888-0553


Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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