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Apr 7, 2010 06:35 PM

Szechuan any good places in s orange county

i have been searchng for 3 years
new york style food??/
been to sam woo not again

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  1. If you want Szechwan—actual Szechwan, as it's eaten in Sichuan province—go to Chong Qing Mei Wei, in the same plaza with the 99 Ranch at Jeffrey and Walnut in Irvine, right off the exit from the 5.

    There is no New York-style Chinese (sesame noodles, big fat egg rolls, General Tso's, shrimp and lobster sauce, pork fried rice) worth eating in OC, other than the egg rolls at Yang Ming on Tustin Ave. in the city of Orange. Unfortunately, the other dishes at Yang Ming are a grease slick.

    I've been looking, but never found it. Fu Wing Low is old-school Cantonese but it's California-style Cantonese. LA has never been a mecca for Szechwan restaurants, for reasons I can't fathom (even if most of them in New York are now run by people from Fujian).

    I do love Chong Qing Mei Wei for real Szechwan food, though, the cold appetizer bar, excellent twice-cooked pork, outstanding water-boiled fish, decent ma la chao zhou, acceptable ma po dou fu and also jia chang dou fu. This is more like Szechwan Gourmet on 39th St. between 5th and 6th, not like the take out/delivery places.

    Their fish-fragrance eggplant (yu xiang qie zi) is fine but I actually like it at King Harbor in Garden Grove better (it's a Cantonese restaurant, though, and don't order the twice-cooked pork there, because it's a horror story).

    1. Bumping this - any new recs or is Chong Qing Mei Wei still basically the only option? I'm in Costa Mesa/Newport but willing to drive.