It has been forever since I've posted, but I've had a real hankering for something since some memories got triggered last night. Growing up, we had really great szechuan and hunan cuisine where we lived, and my favorite dish was "shredded chicken with garlic sauce". I haven't seen an appropriate version of this in years: tiny sticks of chicken, minced water chestnuts, cloud or elephant ear mushrooms, all in a silky garlic sauce with flecks of hot pepper.
I've attached a picture from the Sichuan House in Chinatown, NYC that someone else took. This is what I am looking for!
Any ideas, ANYWHERE in the DC area?