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Great Szechuan (Richmond)

Robert Lauriston | Jul 22, 2008 08:52 AM

Went for dinner last night.

"Spicy beef tendon" ($6) and "chilli oil thin-sliced pig's ear" ($4) were tasty but I prefer Spices!3's versions. Both were very spicy from chile oil, and the tendon had a lot of prickly ash powder.

I noticed two items listed as "signature dishes" on the takeout menu so ordered them. "Red chilli pepper special" ($10) with squid was moderately spicy. The dish included some relatively mild, largish fresh red peppers and cucumber, both slightly pickled, celery, and a small amount of mild black bean or something similar. I might try the lamb version next time.

"Steam bamboo basket special" ($5) with fish was quite simple and barely spicy. Boneless fillets of soft white fish were lightly breaded in a delicately spiced cornstarch mixture and steamed. Delicious. I can't quite imagine what the beef or chicken versions would be like.

"Spicy charred stir-fried cabbage" was despite the name not very spicy. It had a lot of "wok hay" and was very slightly sweet. I'd order this again.

Great Szechuan (closed)
3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA

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