Tried Good Taste Chinese Cuisine (915 Arch) again for lunch today and ordered off the menu this time, forgoing the dim sum carts. Im 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 Fooks). 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. Theyve got some good-looking soups with watercress and spinach that Id like to try. Still couldnt resist getting the Nye Wong Bao egg-custard buns for dessert (only ate one and Im 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 dont know how useful that info is.
I sort of regretted not just getting the Three-Pepper Chicken, which I love. Next time Ill return to it Im sure. Below is my previous review of it: