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Dec 22, 2011 03:04 AM

Best Sichuan in the Valley?

Hey all, after traveling far and wide (ok, living on the East Coast :)), I've developed quite a taste for real sichuan food. But all I ever knew in the Valley growing up was Americanized Chinese. Good stuff, but not dan dan, mala, red glistening-deliciousness good.

Any suggestions? I have no idea what the authentic Chinese (Cantonese, Sichuan, etc.) scene is like out here.

Please keep suggestions to the Valley- am sure there are plenty in LA, Downtown, and the inland provinces :)


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  1. Hot Wok Cafe has a separate authentic non-Cantonese Chinese menu. Not sure if it has Sichuan, though it might as it is geared to the Taiwanese students at CSUN. Address is 9135 Reseda Bl. near the CSUN campus. I think that might be the only possibility in the SFV. By the way there is no Sichuan in or anywhere near Chinatown or downtown LA.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      It's interesting that there are not one but two authentic Chinese places in the Valley named "Hot Wok", the other being out near Kanan and the 101.

      Still no Sichuan, though.

    2. I'm not aware of any true Sichuan in the San Fernando Valley. If it's the real thing you're looking for, you'll have to head to the San Gabriel Valley. Several Sichuan restaurants to choose from there.

      1. Unfortunately for you, "authentic" Chinese restaurants are mostly located in the San Gabriel Valley. The food is probably about as authentic as you can get without violating LA County health codes.

          1. re: AubWah

            Out here Valley=San Fernando Valley.

          2. I know you said keep suggestions to the SFV, but if this is really what you want, I think you would be wise to brave the freeways.


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            1. re: will47

              I have to agree. Thai, yes. Korean, yes. Vietnamese, sort of. Sichuan, or almost any other Chinese, no. Head to the San Gabriel Valley.

              1. re: ebethsdad

                Vietnamese yes!! I assume you have not tried Bistro Orient, in Woodland Hills, which occupies
                the space where the old Gorrikee used to be. Really good Vietnamese fusion.