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Aug 11, 2007 01:12 PM

Vancouver: Differences b/w Szechuan Chongqing (Commercial) and Szechuan Chongqing (Broadway)

Two SF Chowhounds eager to savor regional Chinese dishes while in Vancouver. Would love to numb the tongue on some spicy Szechuan noodles and other dishes. Can anyone help with the difference between the two Szechuan Chongqing and which is better food.
If there is somewhere else I should be looking for Szechuan food, or other regional Chinese places (other than Cantonese), would appreciate the advice.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Vancouver is not really a hub of Szechuan food. I have taken New York hounds to the Broadway location at their request and while its pretty tasty it is no way remarkable (except perhaps for the Dungeness crab in Dai Ching sauce which is great). I'm not really sure how the Broadway and the Commercial locations relate to eachother, but based on one visit years ago I don't think there's much to choose between the two.
    The ravings about Vancouver's Chinese food scene don't usually involve Szechuan. A cravings a craing though, so chow down on that crab, but also try checking out some of the many other threads on this site regarding other Chinese regional cuisine.

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    1. re: waver

      Thanks very much for these insights. You're right about cravings, but we also need to consider where we are and all the wonderous Chinese offerings around the City.
      Thanks again.

    2. i like won more on denman for the food and the convienience

      1. I usually go to the one on Commercial when I am in Vancouver, and my family who lives there are regulars at the Commercial one.

        Not sure about the Broadway one though.

        The Commercial one is awesome!!! IMO

        1. I don't know about that restauarant, and I'm no Szechuan connoiseur, but I really enjoy Capitol Hill Szechuan in Burnaby. It's a total hole in the wall, decor is shabby, staff barely speak English, but the food is always good and there are a lot of Chinese people eating there (always a good sign IMHO).

          1. they were sister restaurants years ago, but i was told that the broadway location now has nothing to do with the original on commercial. i used to go to the broadway location when i was younger but now i stick to the commercial location, much, much better