I am sure that many other Sichuan and/or Shanghaiese restaurants have my favorite dish, but it seems like it is always called something different and I can never quite find the right thing. Anyway, I found it. At Z&Y on Jackson. They call Chicken with Explosive Chili or something like that. It is lightly breaded chunks of chicken fried and then dry sauteed with a spicy powder (including sichuan peppercorns) and a mound of dried red chilies. You dig through the chilies for the chunks of delicious, crispy, numbing, spicy chicken. It is great. This version might not be as good as what I ahve had in China and Hong Kong, but it hit the spot and I will definitely be getting it again. Can anyone give me the Chinese name for this dish. Other places to try it would be great as well.
And the people at Z&Y were great. I spoke to the waitress about how I have been searching for the dish and loved Sichuan food and she gave me a small portion of dan dan noodles to try. They were also delicious. Spicy and numbing. Good crunchy peanuts and all the other bits in a good sauce.
I was there the other day as well and had the beef pancake which i read about on the board a while ago. That too was delicious. It seemed to be that great Chinese cold five spice beef (like Chinese roast beef) wrapped in a an eggy pancacke with scallions and hoisin. What's not to like?