Hadn't been to Sichuan Gourmet in a while so we went tonight. Excellent food as always, poor-to-middling service as always. BTW, does anyone else think that they turn up the heat much more than the folks at Sichuan Garden? Anyhow:
Chengdu Spicy Sausage. A generous appetizer portion of thinly sliced fresh pork sausage that struck a beautiful balance between spicy-salty-and sweet. Definite notes of Star anise. This dish can also be ordered "with snow peas" in what I assume from the price tag is an entree portion.
Pickled Long Beans with Minced Pork. A perennial favorite of ours which did not disappoint.
Chengdu Fish Fillet with Pickled Vegetable Soup. Holy Moly! I make terrific soup and so am critical of restaurant soups. This was outstanding. Some of the key players: meaty, moist white fish (tilapia I think), enoki, breaded soy, pickled napa, sliced fresh sichuan chilis, cilantro, slivered garlic, the most aromatic, married broth which the fish soaked up beautifully. Highly Highly recommend.