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Jan 15, 2012 03:52 PM

taste of sichuan in Beaverton?

I heard about this new Chinese restaurant in Beaverton--Taste of Sichuan.
Has anyone tried?

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    1. I finally went there myself and it was pretty good.

      1. re: gumi

        What, in particular, was good? C'mon, it's about the details! Share 'em, please!

        1. re: JillO

          My husband and I liked Twice Cooked Pork Sichuan Style--very good with white rice. Sichuan Style Dumplings were also good. I've got to go back there again soon because there are a lot of dishes I'd love to try.

          1. re: JillO

            I tend to go there for lunch vs dinner. At lunch anything with hand shaven noodles, chow mein, dan dan noodle. try pairing something sweet with something spicy. For sweet try orange chicken (real orange peel fried with crispy chicken bits) the Lemon chicken is what most people think of when you get orange chicken. For spicy the dan dan lamb, or the crispy tofu and string beans. For veggies the bok choy and mushrooms is enough for 6 but so good. The pork dumplings are best when the dumpling guy is there making them fresh.
            We get dinner portions at lunch and skip the soup, rice, eggroll decoration. More of the good stuff vs filling.

      2. I went a few weeks ago with a asian food meetup group. I didn't do the ordering so I cant list the dishes but I thought it was the first really good Chinese meal I've had since leaving the San Francisco area. Lots of spice, lots of variety in flavors. Only dish I wasn't impressed with was cold noodles. Can't wait to get back

        1. I just learned this is a new offshoot of Bamboo Garden, a terrific Sichuan place in Bellevue, WA (outside Seattle). It looks like they have the same menu--hopefully the quality is the same as well. Assuming it is, I'd would HIGHLY recommend:

          Swimming Fire Fish--one of my absolute favorite dishes anywhere, and by far my favorite version of this dish compared to other Sichuan places in NYC, SF, LA (it's usually called "fish in water" or "boiled fish" elsewhere)
          Soleful Delight--another phenomenal dish (basically deep fried fish pieces with Sichuan peppercorn in the crust)
          Szechuan Crab

          Most things on the "wild side" menu are good. I have other favorites--pea vines with garlic, hot pepper shredded potato, sizzling rice squares...too many to name, really. Their "other parts of the pig" dish was just names one of the 100 best things to eat in Seattle. It looks like the best Sichuan places in Seattle have all decamed to the Portland area and are continuing their rivalry there...

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          1. re: christy319

            I too have enjoyed their Fire Fish and especially their Szechuan crab.

            While the food is slighly americanized i.e. saltier than what I had at the sichuan provincial goverment resturant in Beijing.

            If you are homesick for Sichuan food, this is close to authentic. They do use real sichuan pepper corns in their dishes. BUT the pepper corns are not as fresh as you can get in China so the strong lemon citrus taste is weak to nonexistant at times, but still I would say this is my fave Sichuan resturant in Oregon .

            1. re: ronin223

              how spicy red hot is the fire fish? can it be ordered "medium"?

              1. re: ritabwh

                No. It's a chili oil base so there is no way to moderate it. I actually don't find it THAT spicy--it has a Sichuan peppercorn kick and there is spice, but it's not like 4 star Thai food (in my opinion). I may have lost all perspective after eating this on a near weekly basis for years, though. On the other hand, all of my friends that we dine with can eat it, though some only take a little. It's a huge portion (a cauldron, really) so it would be a shame if it turned out to be too spicy.

                1. re: christy319

                  thanks. there is a restaurant where i live called szechuan 99. one of my favorite dishes is called Hot Spicy Fish Stew. it has chunks of white fish and nappa cabbage at the bottom of the huge bowl. i wonder if this is the same dish or something very similar. my sister in hillsboro has always bemoaned there are no decent chinese restraurants in the area.

                  1. re: ritabwh

                    You find many different version of this dish at Sichuan restaurants. I've seen it as you described above, with lettuce, with fish only...this version also has tofu, wood ear mushrooms, and bean sprouts. If you can eat the Hot Spicy Fish Stew I bet you'll be fine with this.

                    1. re: christy319

                      thanks! next visit to hillsboro, i'm draggin my sister to taste of sichuan