Review: Szechuan Chongqing

by gigi on March 7, 2008

Samantha, Lucy, and I went to Szechuan Chongqing one day after work for dinner. It is one of Samantha’s favourite Chinese restaurants and she frequents this place quite a bit with her family. We went to the one on Commercial in Vancouver; there’s also one located on W. Broadway but I’m not sure if they are owned by the same people.

The three of us decided to share a few dishes, as that’s the best way to eat food in a Chinese restaurant. :) Because most of the items here are Szechuan style, they tend to be a bit spicy but of course, you can specify the level of spicyness when you place your order.

One of Szechuan Chongqing’s specialties is their Tan Tan noodles. Occasionally when Samantha and I come here, this is all we’ll order and we are perfectly fine with that. :) The egg noodles come in a spicy peanut soup that you really can’t get enough of.

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We also ordered some lettuce wraps with duck. You have the choice of duck, chicken, or beef but we decided to go traditional with the duck. :) The duck filling came on a bed of fried vermicelli noodles and was mixed with a variety of crunchy veggies, including celery, carrots, and edamame.

szechuan chongqing

The mound of lettuce was fresh and big. One thing that I don’t like about the lettuce wrap at some restaurants is that they never give you enough so you always have to ask for more. My one complaint about the lettuce was that it wasn’t dried properly so was quite wet and made eating the dish extra messy. Be sure to have a stack of napkins to wipe your drippy hands!

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Lastly, we ordered the spinach with chicken dices in fish sauce. The spinach was really crunchy, which I’m not really used to but was really tasty. The chicken was also slightly spicy, not too spicy, and went great with rice. This was a bit on the oily side though so towards the end of the dish, we stopped eating because all the oil had collected at the bottom.

szechuan chongqing

Szechuan Chongqing is always consistent and the food is different from the regular Cantonese food most people eat when they go for Chinese. Most dishes come in around $10-13 and are of a healthy portion size. We asked for our dishes to be of medium spicyness, which suited us just fine. :)

Details:
2808 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tel: 604-254-7434

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating: 3]
Price: $$

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