After an amazing meal at Grand Sichuan Internation midtown on Thursday night, I brought friends there last night. (There was plenty of room both times--why isn't this place jam-packed?)
We had exemplary shrimp with szechuan sauce, the sour string beans with pork, and a fresh chicken dish, but we were all in fervent agreement that the best thing we ordered was from the "Mandarin Princess" portion of the menu: Sour and Spicy Vegetable. I can't remember the long name, unfortunately. It was six bucks for a cold salad of celery and bamboo shoot with, as promised, a sour and spicy dressing with lots of hot oil (homemade, I assume, since it didn't taste anything like hot oil from a bottle) and a few slices of fresh green chile. We each took a bite and said, well, that's pretty good.
Ten seconds passed. Then we all lunged for the plate like hyenas. It's one of the best things I've ever eaten and it's mostly *celery*. There was not a drop left. Would you New Yorkers please get to work convincing the owner to open one of these in Seattle? Thanks.