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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