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Szechwan East (Streeterville) - semi long

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Szechwan East (Streeterville) - semi long

Janet C. | Mar 17, 2004 11:01 AM

Went for dinner here for the first time Sunday night w/ a friend before heading to a special viewing of the Field's new "Splendors of China" exhibit. There aren't too many decent Chinese restaurant options in the area, but a few friends had told me their lunch buffet was pretty decent, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

We ordered:
- spring onion pancakes
- Szechwan string beans
- Hunan-style tofu w/ veggies

First impression was a disappointment w/ the pancakes, which tasted like they were frozen variations that had been deep fried. Nothing like the ones pictured in the Ed's Potstickers photos, and didn't taste anything like the ones my grandma and sister can make (i.e. good).

Following that the string beans were actually not too bad. They used regular beans instead of the long, skinny Asian variety, but it was still nicely wrinkled and crunchy. These were stir-fried w/ the prerequiste minced Szechwan preserved veggies and dried shrimp. Just a tad on the salty side.

The tofu was cooked w/ napa cabbage, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and canned bamboo shoots and swimming in black bean sauce. A little too much sauce for my taste, but the flavor wasn't too bad.

Total tab was $25. Service was nice, but not exceptional. They were pretty prompt w/ water (something lot of asian restaurants could improve on). I'd be interested in trying their $10.95 lunch buffet, but don't know if I'd be back for dinner.

Szechwan East
340 E. Ohio
312-255-9200

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