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Szechuan food - NC Triangle, anywhere?

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Barbara Apr 24, 2009 04:27 PM

I think I know the answer to my question, but I'm hoping you hounds may know of somewhere...

I am a Szechuan/Sichuan (never sure of correct spelling) fanatic...on a recent trip back to NJ I had the best I've ever had, and now I'm on a mission.

But I can't even find a restaurant that uses Szechuan peppercorns in food they claim to be Szechuan, never mind an actual restaurant devoted to the cuisine!

I had high hopes with Red Dragon in Raleigh but nope - no peppercorns.

Do I need to bring the peppercorns with me? I cook this food myself and while it's decent, I'd like to go buy it. Thanks! I will drive to Greensboro or points south - am in Durham now.

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    Tom from Raleigh RE: Barbara Apr 24, 2009 06:15 PM

    I know what you mean. I ordered Ma Po Tofu at a place in Raleigh called China Fu. It was horid. They had peas and carrots and everything was covered in brown gravy. It was disgusting. Still, can't be a foodie if you don't try a lot of places.

    Fortune Palace in Raleigh as some Sichuan dishes on the menu, but I don't think it's their strongest suit. Super Wok in Cary, on the other hand, seems to be the real deal.

    Here's a link to a faxed, partial copy of their translated menu.
    http://deliberateliving.org/super_wok...

    I spend too much time lately trying to figure out reasons to go to Cary just to go to Super Wok. I recently bought Fuscia Dunlop's Sichuan cookbook, "Land of Plenty". Now I can feed my urges in my own kitchen.

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      Barbara RE: Tom from Raleigh Apr 25, 2009 03:37 AM

      What?? We have a place in Cary?? Thank you!!! :-D

      Another amazing cookbook is The Good Food of Szechuan by Robert A. Delfs. It was published in the 70s - I'm not Chinese but my mother was fully on board with the 1970s NY Szechuan craze so i feel like I grew up with this food :) Amazon has a bunch of copies.

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        mikeh RE: Barbara Apr 25, 2009 06:23 AM

        Barbara, not only is it a "place in Cary," but over the past two months no other restaurant has gotten the level of Chowhound buzz than Super Wok. Our resident sinophile "Sinophile" has declared it the most authentic in the Triangle.

        Here you go: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5936...

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          Barbara RE: mikeh Apr 27, 2009 02:47 PM

          I went there on Saturday ... all I have to say is THANK YOU CHOW HOUND! I ordered the beef in spicy Szechwan sauce and it was perfect. I'm not sure it contained the peppercorns but it was absolutely delicious and I knew this was the real deal. I'm tempted to drive there right now in fact.

          The waitress recommended the three pepper chicken to me - I'll get that next time.

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        cervisiam RE: Tom from Raleigh Apr 25, 2009 09:14 AM

        this reply may have gone unnoticed, but did anyone order a dish that has sichuan peppercorns? craving that numbness...

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