More from Chuan Restaurant
Hey this was pretty good. Back at Chuan again, this time we tried a few other things, like the Chicken in Special Sauce appetizer. It consisted of cold thin slices of chicken (no bones - yay!) and thick dark bamboo shoots from China sitting in a spicy chili oil sauce with loads of sesame seeds. Given my affinity for chili oil and sesame seeds, this was sure to be a hit. It came with cucumber slices for a nice contrasting chilling effect too.
The ma-po tofu is pretty good here, and surprisingly without a heavy peppercorn dosing. We also went for the dumplings, which certainly weren't red oil wontons in a thin skin, but rather the thicker skinned dumplings. This obviously wasn't as great then (especially since the sauce was mildly sweet), but it admittedly wasn't bad either.
It's funny how you can begin to see the "DNA" in a restaurant's dishes as all three of these dishes tasted nearly the same after considering all the chili oil in each of them. The only thing we had that wasn't spicy was the minced chicken soup, which honestly was a bit of a bore given that it was just corn and small bits (not quite minced) pieces of chicken in a thick soup. It would have been nicer had it been shredded chicken instead.