Sunday, February 13, 2011
Fast Cheap Out Of Control
Grand Sichuan International at 9th & W 24th is the most compelling but maddening eatery in my neck of the woods; it's where JP took my Mom the night they first met (I was away in Zagreb)..The join is food heaven - interesting, well-prepared grub, wide selection, low prices - and logistics hell - a 45 minute wait at the times you'd most want to eat there.. Hard to take, even for big, juicy Crab Meat & Pork Soup Dumplings, pictured below ..
But late yesterday afternoon JP and I hit the fabled 'sweet spot' - that's financial-ese for the right thing at the right moment. It was 5:30 and we were famished, having trudged up and down two steep flights of stairs about 30 times each that morning, to clean out JP's place...The Beef W. Spicy Green Pepper is not oily and the sauce is not as corn-starchy thick like lots of other Chinese restaurants, which maintain the flavors of the ingredients very well.
We ate slowly - our arms ached from carrying heavy boxes - and savored every morsel, in my case washed down with Merlot...The Sour String Beans W. Minced Pork is from their menu's "Chairman Mao’s Home Cooking" section and it is quite a surprise. The sour pickled string beans are chopped in small 3/8 inch pieces stirred fry with minced pork and pepper; the sour and spicy results is sumptuous with brown rice.
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