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Uncle Cheung's / Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham

Has anyone been to either of these places recently? Any good?

Any recommendations on what to order? I'm Chinese

Thanks!

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Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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  1. oh so many things.

    bamboo shoots in spicy wonder sauce, Dan Dan noodles, spicy wontons in chili sauce, Kung Boa chicken with extra sauce, the Chengdu Spicy lamb.

    just to throw another wrench in the deal, especially if you speak chinese and can decipher the specials board, i would throw in a recommendation for Red Pepper, on rt 9 in framingham, (maybe, 10 minutes away from sichuan gourmet.) i keep thinking about their noodles in house spicy beef soup that might be the best rainy night soup ive ever had (certainly the best ive had since Kens ramen closed up)

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    1. re: hyde

      Hi,

      Hyde is talking about Sichuan Gourmet, not Uncle Cheung's.
      JoJo

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      Uncle Cheung's Restaurant
      266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

      Sichuan Gourmet
      1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

      1. re: JoJo5

        its true. i have not been to uncle cheungs, also i am speaking of the framingham location as i have not eaten in the brookline location that the board lists automatically.
        also spicy pork dumpling appetizer and gangou dry fish fillets or fish fillets with napa cabbage.

        1. re: hyde

          ditto on the spicy wontons in chili sauce, dan dan noodles, bamboo shoots in spicy wonder sauce, and double cooked pork belly

          i would also suggest the fuqi feipian, cold cucumber with garlic, beef tendon with spicy wonder sauce, bamboo shoots in sesame oil, spicy wood ear mushrooms, chengdu spicy rabbit, sichuan style green beans, duck tongues with dry chili, and jingdu frog legs

    2. Second Sichuan Gourmet and the bamboo shoots in spicy wonder sauce! Also, the double cooked bacon. Now I am craving them.

      1. order off the shanghainese menu at uncle cheung's. the braised pork shank, pork with beancurd knots, and lion's head meatball are all personal favorites. they also have shanghainese-style dim sum on the weekend

        1. I was at Sichuan Gourmet last month, having arrived at Logan and driven through the pouring rain desperate to find a place to eat near Natick.

          I thought it was quite good but certainly not the equal of, say, Szechuan Gourmet in New York. Their 鱼香茄子 (yu xiang qie zi, "fish-fragrance" eggplants) was nearly perfect, with buttery (but slightly too greasy) fried eggplants and enough ginger to stand up to the pickled chiles.

          Less successful was the 干煸四季豆 (gan bian si ji dou, "dry-fried" green beans); they charred too much and the pork was too subtle; they were also quite greasy.

          I agree with previous posters that the 酸辣抄手 (suan la chao shou, hot and sour wontons) were excellent. Our appetizer plate had slippery sesame-chile cucumbers that were too soft, but surprisingly tender 夫妻肺片 (fu qi fei pian, "married couple's lung slices"). They made an excellent rendition of 火爆腰花 (huo bao yao hua, "fire-exploded" kidney flowers), with the cuts made absolutely perfectly.

          Service was excellent and prices were more expensive than we are used to in Southern California but not unreasonably expensive. Parking was a nightmare because they were so busy.

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          Sichuan Gourmet
          1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            without trying to be snarky, that a restaurant on rt.9 in framingham is not quite as good as a place on 39th street in manhattan ( a city that is 13 times the size of boston) says to me the place is punching above its weight, and add my Red Pepper rec (which can be VERY good, if inconsistent) only a couple of miles away, seems a pretty good showing for a stretch of highway that has been strip mall desert longer than almost any other stretch of highway in the country.

              1. re: hyde

                I haven't been to Red Pepper, and I'm no expert on Boston-area restaurants since I live in Orange County, California (where our Sichuan restaurants are eclipsed by our Taiwanese, Chinese Islamic and Northern restaurants).

                I was merely providing a reference I was familiar with, not slighting the restaurant. I thought it was quite good, but too oily even for Sichuanese food. I would eat there again and order food intended to be oily, like shui zhu yu pian (no Chinese available on this device) or hui guo rou.

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                Red Pepper
                122 White St, Haverhill, MA 01830

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                I think it is a totally reasonable comparison --- Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham to Szechuan Gourmet in Manhattan. But my experience is just the opposite --- I find Sichuan Gourmet to be much better than Szechuan Gourmet (not to mention Grand Sichuan, Wu Liang Ye, Wa Jeal, and others, although I have not been to Legend). Sichuan Gourmet especially impresses me with the subtlety and depth of their sauces. As Das Ubergeek notes, the knife work at Sichuan Gourmet is also (usually) top-notch. Recently, I've found Red Peppers (just down the street in Framingham) to be even better. The more Chongqing-like food at Red Peppers seems hotter, with less subtlety, but even more depth and complexity. Both are treasures. I have only been to the Brookline branch of Sichuan Gourmet twice, and I did not find that it lived up to the Framingham and Billerica branches on those two experiences. Top Garden and Fuloon are also outstanding Sichuan restaurants in the Greater Boston Area.

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                Sichuan Gourmet
                502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

                Top Garden
                1921 Main St Ste 1, Tewksbury, MA 01876

                1. re: lipoff

                  A topic for a different board, but Wu Liang Ye was a disappointment.

                  As I said, I would happily go back to Sichuan Gourmet, and I was kind of surprised to find it in such a... hm... forgive me, suburban environment.

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                  Sichuan Gourmet
                  1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    believe me, you would be hard pressed to be more surprised than those of us who grew up in that area and know first hand how difficult it has been to find decent food for several miles in either direction on route 9.

              3. I've never been to Sichuan Gourmet, but I always try to go to Uncle Cheung's when I'm in the area.

                Make sure to get the Shanghainese menu since otherwise. They will rarely give it to you unless you are Chinese so do ask for it or grab it.

                Get the Grandma's Shrimp if you are a fan of shrimps w/ their heads. This is one of the best whole shrimp dishes that I have ever had (besides when I can get live shrimp at Peach Farm).

                Besides that suggestion, I second everything that galangatron mentioned.

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                Peach Farm
                4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                Uncle Cheung's Restaurant
                266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

                Sichuan Gourmet
                1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                1. I've been to Uncle Cheung's once, ordered from the Shanghai side of the menu, and had a meal no part of which was better than 'mediocre' (and that was the rice cake with shredded pork.)

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                  Uncle Cheung's Restaurant
                  266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

                  1. Some of these may be repeats of posts above, but at Sichuan Gourmet we usually rotate through the following:
                    bamboo shoots with spicy wonder sauce or sesame oil (I do sesame oil if I'm getting another appetizer with the spicy sauce)
                    tendon with spicy sauce
                    chengdu dumplings
                    dan dan noodles
                    dry fried chicken with chilis
                    old sichuan chicken (pretty similar to above, but more like chicken "balls")
                    gangou fish fillets (definitely my favorite entree - lightly breaded, lots of sichuan peppercorns, yummy pieces of bamboo)
                    fish filets with chili sauce
                    smoky chicken with cayenne
                    sichuan string beans

                    I love them all! We always have a tough time deciding what to order there. Never a bad meal (actually never a less than great meal).

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                    Sichuan Gourmet
                    1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                    1. re: MrsCheese

                      Are the dan dan noodles vegetarian(no meat)?

                      1. re: Trumpetguy

                        definitely pork in the dan dan noodles. You might be able to ask without? though I think they'd taste like they were missing an element.

                        1. re: MrsCheese

                          Thanks! Don't like to do that to a chef :)

                      2. re: MrsCheese

                        mmm...I love many of the dishes listed here. Particularly the smoky chicken with cayenne, the fish filets with chili sauce, the sichuan string beans, the cold cucumber in garlic, and the spicy wontons.

                        Also, while I know its a rather pedestrian choice, Sichuan Gourmet makes the very best kung pao chicken I've ever had. When I go there with diners who want something a little more familiar we
                        order it, and I love it.

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                        Sichuan Gourmet
                        1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                        1. re: ChinaCat

                          hoping not to insult this post of chowish and exotic tastes, but I am wondering if either place has recs for standard all american chinese ? We are staying at my parents in Natick and they love delivery from Mandarin cafe, but i dont love it. So was looking for something better quality with a few more choices, and maybe a bit cheaper too. They eat very standard, not spicy stuff like shrimp or scallops with a white sauce, egg fu young. Can you get great quality plain stuff at either place or another place. And i am guessing these are not places that deliver??

                          1. re: chompie

                            Chompie, try Lotus Flower in Framingham or The Wok in Wellesley for that type of stuff. Not sure if they deliver or not.

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                            Lotus Flower
                            341 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

                            1. re: chompie

                              try Chef Orient on Route 9 westbound in Framingham - they deliver ....

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                              Chef Orient Restaurant
                              1583 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

                            2. re: ChinaCat

                              Gong bao ji ding—the original kung pao—is actually one of the few Sichuanese dishes to make it into the mainstream American Chinese menu, albeit not without changes. I love getting it in Sichuanese restaurants, though I didn't get it at Sichuan Gourmet.

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                              Sichuan Gourmet
                              1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                          2. Can someone suggest some not-on-the-English menu dishes that they have at Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline? I want to try something new next time I'm in.

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                            Sichuan Gourmet
                            1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446