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Good Taste Chinese Cuisine & Szechuan Tasty House

joypirate | Sep 30, 2005 03:18 PM

Tried “Good Taste Chinese Cuisine” (915 Arch) again for lunch today and ordered off the menu this time, forgoing the dim sum carts. I’m still looking for the Platonic ideal of spicy salt fried squid and, though good, still not one to make me seek it out any moreso than many of the others (including Lee How Fook’s). The batter and frying was exceptionally good (crisp but nearly greaseless, good salty batter), but they were too chincy with the spice. I think I need to dig a little deeper on the menu here for the good stuff. They’ve got some good-looking soups with watercress and spinach that I’d like to try. Still couldn’t resist getting the Nye Wong Bao egg-custard buns for dessert (only ate one and I’m going to see how the other two reheat in a bamboo steamer either tonight or for breakfast tomorrow).

Also, went to Szechuan Tasty House (902 Arch) earlier this week to try some of their soups. Had the “spicy seafood sweet & sour” soup though ran into a language barrier problem as I asked if the soup was spiced with the ‘ma la’ Szechuan Peppercorn, they mistook my question for a request and said they COULD make it that way and did, in fact, make it that way for me. Very tasty but I inadvertently got it special ordered, instead of getting what was typically served so I don’t know how useful that info is.

I sort of regretted not just getting the Three-Pepper Chicken, which I love. Next time I’ll return to it I’m sure. Below is my previous review of it:

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