|Cold cucumbers in vinegar, sesame oil and garlic (Liangban huanggua)|
|Sichuan boiled beef in oily chilli soup (shuizhu niurou - see the last post where we had this dish) |
|Prawns in spicy sauce (lazi xia)|
|Hard tofu (doufu gan) with spicy green peppers|
|Pork slices in fish sauce (yuxiang rousi)|
CATEGORY: Chinese, Sichuanese
DRINK: Jasmine tea
WE THINK: This is our favourite Chinese restaurant in Paris for one reason only: the Sichuan beef (shuizhu niurou) which also happens to be the dish favoured by the vast majority of the 80% Chinese clientele (10% Japanese, 10% miscellaneous, according to an unofficial census by I EAT EVERYWHERE). The dish itself is worth a detour to Rue Volta and the unavoidable wait outside (the place is tiny - we accidentally knocked over a bottle of red onto an unimpressed male guest as we were leaving the restaurant). As for the remainder of the menu, it's a bit hit-or-miss. 'Hit' on this occassion was the hard tofu with green peppers, 'miss' was everything else (improved slightly by very liberal sprinkles of the excellent house chilli sauce (pictured)).
OUR TIP: Ask for the Sichuan beef to be very spicy (it comes in three strengths) as it otherwise tends not to be spicy enough.