I stopped into Little Pepper this past week and got into a discussion with the owners and staff about some items that were on their menu before they moved. If they have the ingredients the chef is happy to make dishes not on the menu.
In the course of our conversation Mrs. Deng mentioned that they are putting together a new menu that should be in place in the next month or so. In the meantime she invited me (or anyone else) to let her know about dishes they'd like added. This is not restricted to old menu items. They apparently will consider any Sichuan dish. In the past when I asked if they could do Gan Bian Niu Rou Si the chef delivered a great version.
For my part last wek, I asked that they add their 'twice cooked (homemade) sausage and leek.' But this isn't much of a stretch, since it's already a popular off menu dish. Unfortunately for me they had sold out of the sausage earlier.
Can't help but mention that there are a bunch of menu items that are so well done that I generally always order. This time we deliberately ordered only new and mostly pedestrian sounding dishes.They were all between excellent and amazing.
Shredded potato with pickled cabbage - potato threads with a crisp and depth of flavor provided by the other vegetable
Shredded pork with bamboo shoots - I've had this elsewhere a number of times because I like bamboo shoots, but now I'll only be able to get it here. Balance and flavor were amazing.
Minced pork with clear noodle (elsewhere known as 'Ants climbing a tree') - after a few nondescript versions elsewhere I've been reluctant to order given all the other great choices. But, now will order it regularly.
Chicken in house special sauce - in the spirit of ordering only new dishes I'd intended to order
Kung Pao Chicken, but was warned away by Mrs. Deng. She was right about this as an excellent well balanced dish with deep flavor.
Sliced pork with wood ear - this is a favorite of ours at some other Flushing restaurants, so seemed a safe, if innocuous, bet. Wrong. This has to be the the best version we've ever had. Just amazing balance of complementary flavors.
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