After learning of newly opened Sichuan Fortune in Pleasant Hill I decided to go take a look and got some standard sichuan takeout dishes to see how it would turn out. It was obvious the chef was from CV just by looking at the menu. But how would the two compare?
We orderd the following: spicy cold noodles: kind of chewy, but a little less spiced down than China Village, which I prefer when all of your other dishes are spicy. Overall, the sauce was also a littgle tastier than CV's.
Soup dumplings in hot oil: Gives you a lot of dumplings in a nice oil mixture, what's not to like.
Eggplant pancakes: Pretty good, but I could have done without the stuffed pork in the middle, but otherwise was good.
Dry-fried string beans: Of course, not the true deal you find in China, but very tasty. The sauce they were in was a simple, wonderful garlicky coating to some overall pretty crunchy string beans. They deffinately had it on CV in that arena.
Zhang-Fei beef:Really great flavor. All the ingredients came together for a great dish.
Veg MaPo Tofu: Didn't get much of it, but from what I got it was simple, clean, and a nice dish.
Spicy Beef Tendon: It was given to us for free and was really good. I ate every little bite of it down to the meaty oil down at the bottom.
Overall, Sichuan Fortune did very well, lacking CV's intensity in some areas, but also presenting some dishes (the string beans come to mind) in a cleaner, tastier version. I'll deffinately head back (especially since it's not far from where I live) and taste more.
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