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Jan 16, 2007 05:44 AM

MSP: Little Szechuan is back!

We ate at Little Szechuan this afternoon, Monday, 1/15/07, 4pm. They are open again!

Rejoice everyone, for the wait was worth it! We had eggplant with garlic sauce, chung king spicy shrimp, and green beans with special sauce. Everything was *amazing*. They haven't missed a beat. The shrimp was light and fluffy, super spicy but not too hot (if that makes sense). Eggplant was almost molten, subtle, sweet, not bitter at all. Green beans were grilled/sauteed/whatever to smokey perfection.

While we were there, at least a few other tables came in and were also openly very excited about being there. Everyone was literally thanking the owners for re-opening! I almost wanted to ask any of them if they read chowhound!

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  1. Hurray! I'm so glad they are back in the groove. Was it apparent what changes they made, or was it all apparently behind the scenes kind of stuff?


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I didn't notice any particular changes -- but I was mostly paying attention to the food.

      1. re: Chris Mitra

        Well, as long as the green beans are still awesome, that's okay with me.


    2. Oh, I'm so happy! Mr. Tastebud and I went for dinner last night, and it was as good as I remembered. (I had only been there once before they closed.)

      We had pork slices with garlic sauce, scallops with chili peppers, and the awesome green beans (and they are, too!).

      The pork like nothing I've ever had before - thin pork cold cuts topped with a thick, rich, dark sauce (cold) and sitting in a pool of chili oil. It reminded me of marinated cucumbers, though it didn't taste cucumbery. It was very rich, and there was a lot, so this would be better to share with a group.

      The scallops were fabulous - crispy, spicy, fried yumminess. There were sweet red peppers in the dish, as well as tons of tiny dried peppers. This was a very spicy dish (it's marked with one pepper on the menu).

      And the green beans were indeed awesome - and not spicy, which made them a good foil for the scallops.

      What a wonderful meal! I left in a happy cloud of endorphins (or whatever it is that hot peppers do to my brain when I eat them).


      1. Hey, I was there for dinner last night, too! I was swiveling my head around wondering if there were any fellow 'hounds in the room (this was around 7 p.m.).

        It was my first trip to LS -- I'd been eagerly awaiting the reopening and was not disappointed. We had the bamboo shoots with chili oil (ADDICTIVE), squid hot pot (nice spicy broth with loads of garlic/ginger/scallions/red chili oil, plus a generous amount of squid and soft tofu) and scallops cooked with sugar & vinegar (never had this before but thought the sauce was terrific -- and there were close to a dozen large scallops on the plate).

        The service was very attentive; I counted six servers in the room at one point, and there were maybe eight tables of diners. I am so pleased to have this restaurant in my neighborhood!

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        1. re: mcgeary

          We didn't get there until about 15 minutes before 9, when they close (on weekdays), but they graciously let us eat there. So nice of them! We were prepared to do take-out, as we knew we were cutting things very close.

          We got to watch the happy staff having dinner after all the other patrons left; I wanted to ask what they were having, but I was too busy stuffing my face with those green beans.


          1. re: AnneInMpls

            I love those green beans. I almost went for lunch today to get some, but, it was a little too far out of my way. What is it they put in those that's so addicting!

            Anne, how's the service? I'm assuming good enough that it's no longer distracting? (No one's mentioned it...) Or, are we just so happy to have the great chow back?


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              The service was great last night - lots of servers - and we got our food really fast (I think the staff wanted to eat their dinner...).

              But the service was also very good on my first visit, which was on a weeknight. I suspect that the service problems were on the weekends, when they were mobbed. This could possibly happen again as the word gets out about their re-opening.

              So you should go tonight! :-)


              1. re: AnneInMpls

                HA! I promised Alice I would wait two weeks (waiting for the crowds to die down.) I don't know if I can keep my promise...


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  There were no crowds at 8:30 last night... When we arrived at 8:45, only 5 tables (out of about 25) were occupied.

                  I think that spicy Szechuan food would taste great on a snowy Minnesota evening! :-)


                  1. re: AnneInMpls

                    Okay, but nobody tell Alice I'm going back on my promise to wait two weeks. :)

                    Seriously, I can't wait to go back. But, I can't decide whether I should copycat Chris Mitra's meal or Anne's or mcgeary's...they all sound great!


            2. re: AnneInMpls

              Which green bean dish are you folks so happy with? There are a few on the menu and next time I'm in, I'd like to try the same one as you. Thanks!

              1. re: L Hoff

                Green beans with special sauce. They have a list of vegetable dishes at the back of the menu.

                Also, has anyone noticed that there seem to be 2 menus? The black one (the authentic one?) and the other one?


          2. I'll also add that I get a headache from certain Chinese restaurants which I'm assuming is a reaction to MSG yet that didn't happen at Little Szechuan. And I'm totally addicted to the bamboo shoots!

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