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I loved the spicy fish fillets with peppercorn at Szechuan best...where can i find a similar dish?

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nlk Feb 9, 2009 06:53 PM

I loved the spicy fish fillets with peppercorn at Szechuan Best. Now that it is closed where shall i turn? chungking's version with chicken is a little intense for me...so if you could point me in a direction where the dish is fish, and where it is spicy, but not incredibly painfully so.
Thanks.

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    CCDiner RE: nlk Feb 9, 2009 07:46 PM

    At Hop Li you can get fish filets in black bean sauce, which is probably very similar. There is one on Pico near the west side pavillon and one on Alpine in Chinatown.

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      Hughlipton RE: CCDiner Feb 11, 2009 04:34 PM

      Make the trek if it is one for you and do the Hop Li on alpine.

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        nosh RE: Hughlipton Feb 11, 2009 09:42 PM

        There is also a Hop Li on Santa Monica Blvd. that took over the former JR Seafood in W.L.A. The one in Chinatown has its strengths, though I greatly prefer Yang Chow. The one on Pico has some goodlooking seafood dishes, but what I ordered there for lunch was bland. The former JR was fun, tasty, and packed when it opened over a decade ago -- the new Hop Li is the weakest of the trio.

    2. monku RE: nlk Feb 9, 2009 08:02 PM

      Couple months ago I was at Hop Li in Chinatown and one of the blackboard specials was a fish with spicy sauce. It was rock cod filets with a spicy sauce that had some heat which wasn't unmanageable. I'm sure they still have it.

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      526 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. ipsedixit RE: nlk Feb 9, 2009 09:28 PM

        Chung King

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          nlk RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2009 08:17 PM

          ipsedixit,
          you are probably right that chung king is the place to go. the spicy-ness is pretty intense there for me. I'll try to hang in there, perhaps with the aid of some beers.

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            kevin RE: nlk Feb 11, 2009 04:36 PM

            i also concur on Chung King, fish fillets swimming in that Szechwuan peppercorn sauce, sinus and stomach searing goodness. but is hotter than all hell.

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          Hailyn RE: nlk Feb 9, 2009 09:44 PM

          The suggestions for Hop Li won't really cut it if you're looking for the Sichuanese dish with Sichuan peppercorns. Hop Li serves Cantonese food; it's an entirely different cuisine and doesn't use Sichuan peppercorns. Chungking may be the only purely Sichuanese restaurant in the area. You could also try Yunggui Garden in Monterey Park -- they serve both Yunnan and Sichuanese dishes, and the Sichuanese I've tried there has been good (chicken with chilis, "water-boiled" beef, "water-boiled" fish).

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            nlk RE: Hailyn Feb 10, 2009 08:18 PM

            You're right that Hop Li is definitely not what I'm looking for. I'd like to try Yunggui Garden, however. Are there other dishes you recommend there?

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              kevin RE: nlk Feb 11, 2009 04:36 PM

              i haven't been but Hu's Szechuan on National might just have it.

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            AndyGanil RE: nlk Feb 9, 2009 10:40 PM

            Most Chinese restaurants serve a mix of both Sichuan and whatever their specialty is. Just ask if they have Sichuan Yu Pian .

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              raytamsgv RE: AndyGanil Feb 11, 2009 12:09 PM

              It is unlikely that a Cantonese restaurant will keep Sichuan peppercorn in stock. Cantonese food is not known for its spiciness. I have known Cantonese people who thought green bell peppers were too spicy.

            2. cant talk...eating RE: nlk Feb 10, 2009 08:46 PM

              Second Chung King. It's a gem. Anyone know if this place is still alive (Manie's/Maine's on Coilma), not that you'd need to go necessarily?: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/437505

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                Chandavkl RE: cant talk...eating Feb 11, 2009 05:22 PM

                Manie's is gone, but the replacement is also Sichuan style so it's still a possibility.

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