Szechuan food - NC Triangle, anywhere?
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.
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.
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.
re: Tom from Raleigh
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.
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.