Chuan's Chongqing Diced Chicken
Anthony Bourdain's China episode last night must have subliminally planted thoughts of Sichuan food in our heads when we headed back down to Chuan tonight. We tried a few new dishes, some of which, like the spicy tofu slices, were fine but didn't particularly stand out. But the Chongqing Diced Chicken with Dried Chili in particular was fantastic. Instead of the gooey kung pao chicken that I was expecting, we got a little cubes of chicken that were "dry" but bursting with flavor from all the oil, chili peppers, peanuts, and peppercorns in there. This one is worth coming back for.
The dan dan mian was fine too, although this one was without any peanut sauce (I think that might be a Taiwanese thing instead). One real bummer though was the Fried Potato Slices With Shredded Green Chili, which were quite boring without any sour taste. Hometown takes the crown on that one.