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Sichuan Cuisine (Watertown) Pleases with Previously Unseen Dishes Cooked Homestyle

SuzieCK | Nov 25, 201901:53 PM     3

Always in search of hot and spicy Chinese dishes, my lunch buddy Galangatron and I ventured to Watertown Center to the new Sichuan Cuisine at 30 Mount Auburn St., right on the 71 bus line. Our curiosity was tantalized by the Mala Lamb Spine (shown here). Sitting in a deep, ruby red sauce, the bones made for some of the most pleasant finger food we’d had in a long time. Owner Chen says that he has his mother to thank for the recipe. Forget about etiquette and just dive in with your hands. It was nicely spicy (but not incendiary) and had that ‘cooked-all-day’ look and flavor. They even serve it with plastic gloves in case you don’t want to get the red stuff all over your hands. We just dug in. Sichuan Twice-Cooked Pork had a great balance between the pork itself and lots of sautéed leek and garlic. A lovely dish. The wontons on chili oil were elegant and delicate, but 'though the oil was deep red, there was little discernible heat. We wanted MORE! With plenty of hot dishes on the menu, a spotless dining area, and very clean bathroom, we’ll be back to try lots more dishes including their Mala Spicy Pot (Mao Choi) with your choice of proteins including chicken gizzards, tripe, beef aorta and Squid. Service was attentive, friendly, and we sensed the staff’s pleasure with our own dining pleasure. This spot is right in the heart of downtown Watertown and there’s parking nearby. We’ll be back.

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