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Nov 22, 2004 06:23 PM

Szechuan Chonquing (Commercial Drive)

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Had such great meals there recently that I felt like I should share with the group. Both times we had fresh crab - once in spicy black bean sauce (an off the menu item) and once in their dai ching sauce. Both were out of this world and we asked for the extra sauce to be put in a dish so that we could have it with rice after the crab was decimated. The General Tso chicken and the Chonquing chicken were also excellent - the General Tso's was crispy, slighly sweet and spicy and the Chonquing was served slightly smoky, pan fried on a bed of crispy spinach. Spicy pea pods, mushrooms and asparagus had just the right kick to them and so much flavour. Other items (hot and sour soup, prawns and scallops in black bean, lettuce wraps) were very good but these are the dishes that stood out in our meals. I didn't have a very good dining experience at the Broadway location of Chonquing but the Commercial Drive location is fantastic - and is nicer inside.


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  1. I've tried the Dai Ching chicken at the Broadway location, and wasn't impressed. I keep going back to my regular haunt: The New Grandview on East Broadway. I've been going there for over a decade. The dai ching Beef , eggplant in hot garlic sauce( my all-time favorite)black bean shrimp among many others are worth trying. Their lunches for 5 bucks( includes hot an sour soup and rice) are a great way to try many dishes.Many vegetarian options and the prices are good too.

    1. I'll second that - the Commercial location is leaps and bounds better than the Broadway location, for both food and service. No idea why...


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      1. re: cwate

        Funny enough, based on the reviews on this site, my husband and I tried the Commercial Dr location, and ourmy experience was just the opposite -- we preferred the W Broadway location to the Commercial Dr location, especially the food quality. Go figure...

        1. re: Celena

          This is a 2004 thread. A lot can happen in 6 years. :) Your search skills are great. While doing some cleanup I found this on page 1 of the Atlantic Canada board which was the Canada board circa 2005. I moved the thread to the BC forum. Atlantic Canada is still the Canada archive for threads 2005 and earlier. One can still post to those threads but it unfortunately remains on the original board. Still it's good to know that, currently, you think the W. Broadway location is better.

          1. re: rosetown

            Szechuan Chongqing is a very different place these days. It used to be my family's go-to Chinese restaurant many years ago. We rarely go now...not necessarily because the food is poor (it's OK), but because we have so many more choices here nowadays.

            1. re: fmed

              I used to go ther a lot but have found the quality and portion sizes are down and the prices are up - not a good combination in my mind. I used to like the dai ching chicken and szechuan lemon chicken green beans there but all those dishes have deteriorated in my view. Having said that the food there is still better than a lot of regular Cantonese restaurants in Vancouver. I am just pining for what used to be.

              1. re: Philx

                What Philx said, only in regard to their dimsum (I've never had better than average food there for dinner and it was EXPENSIVE) -- went for a Chinese New Year's related yum cha and it was very meh. The fried stuff used to be really tasty and it was all $2 but now it's $2.95 and not great.

              2. re: fmed

                I'd like to hear your other suggestions in the area FMED!

                1. re: waylman

                  Well...nothing in the real Sichuan department in the East Side. The three Chinese places that are decent in the vicinity are Bing Sheng, The Pelican, and Golden Phoenix....all Cantonese.

                  For authentic Sichuan, the closest real Sichuan is S&W Pepper House at Metrotown.

                  For Sichuan in the style of Szechuan Chongqing (ie Westernized Szechuan) - the New Grandview Szechuan (Fraser and King Edward).

                  (Sorry - I can't add all the links - it's a Chowhound database problem).

                  Golden Phoenix Seafood Restaurant
                  2425 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5N5E5, CA

                  Pelican Seafood Restaurant
                  1895 E Hastings, Vancouver, BC V5L1T3, CA

                  Szechuan Chongqing
                  2808 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N4C6, CA

                  1. re: waylman

                    Actually - I just thought of a bit of a dark horse choice. Whenever I do pop into Szechuan Chongqing, I notice that the restaurant is full of mostly Indians. They are probably attracted to the chili heat of the the other choice is The Green Lettuce (Indian-Chinese). It's a bit of a stretch, I know, but I can certainly see the similarities.

                    Green Lettuce Indian Style Chinese Restaurant
                    1949 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N2T1, CA

                    1. re: fmed

                      thanks ;)
                      will give those a try when i get a chance!