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Sichuan Gourmet (Billerica) a little help?

ScubaSteve | Jan 10, 200808:12 AM

made the trip down 3A yesterday with the Kid and while we liked the place and could see that it has potential for us i need a little direction with regards to ordering.

first, we got the Dan Dan noodles which we liked A LOT but i was wondering if this dish is traditionally made with vermicelli and not a more lo-mein like noodle.

we also did the Old Sichuan Chicken and while it was OK i was not too impressed with the frying. it also had a prominent 5 spice flavor and the spiciness was really not there.

another odd dish was the Minced Pork with Sichuan Long Green Bean. after we made the order someone came out to tell us that the long beans were pickled and 'very sour,' no biggie, we like sour, bring it on. when it arrived the long beans had been chopped so small as to make eating with chopsticks a slightly frustrating affair and it had no real taste other than pickles.

and lastly we got the Pork with Chinese Eggplant. now while the sauce was decent with a bit of heat i found the pieces of eggplant too big. granted the skin was scored so that when you bit down you didn't get all the skin in the first bite but really, these were big pieces. the pork was pretty good though.

i did notice that when we left we were the only caucasians in the place and that most people ordering were not using any type of menu, just chatting with the servers and being brought food. is there some secret code?

any help will be appreciated and if you can point us in the direction of the most authentic Sichuan dishes here we'd really love that.


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