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Aug 23, 2013 08:29 AM

Can you get Chongqing chicken in Chinatown?

Title says it all. Haven't seen it on any menus in Chinatown, but maybe they refer to it as something else.

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  1. Looked at GDH and New Shanghai menus for what it's worth.

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    1. re: ScotchandSirloin

      Sorry about that. Surprised they don't have it.

      1. re: ScotchandSirloin

        I wonder if what they list as 自貢雞 Zigong Chicken is what you are looking for. Very surprising indeed if they don't have it.

        1. re: joth68

          I had Zigong chicken (自貢雞) as a rice plate at New Shanghai recently, too. It's not spicy, has a sharp sour flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite. See pic.

        2. re: ScotchandSirloin

          New Shanghai has it. I've ordered it. It's really good!

        3. Have you tried New Shanghai? I think I've seen it on their menu.

          1. Not Chinatown but at Sichuan gourmet they call it chicken with chili pepper sauce or something like that. No sauce actually involved - though some green chili peppers are so maybe not exactly the same. But basically the same.

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            1. re: skordalia

              I've had two versions of this dish, one with dry deep-fried chicken, and the other with uncoated chicken probably stir-fried, and very slightly wet. The recently departed "Thailand Cafe" had an excellent version of the latter, and I've since seen it on other menus.

              The nomenclature is a bit obscure--some places call the deep fried version "Chongqing" and the other "Chengdu" and other places (in particular TC, not that it matters anymore) reverse the terms. (I have to ask about this since I personally love the deep fried version.)

              1. re: KWagle

                Interesting - I've only encountered the dry version. It took a fair amount of discussion to zero in on that dish at SG- my saying "chongqing" didn't do much.

            2. New Shanghai has a dish (成都辣子雞) that it calls Chung Du Spicy Chicken. Dry-fried and loaded with dried chilies. See pic from the last time I had it there, just a few weeks ago.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Any Szechuan peppercorn on that, if you recall?

                1. re: ScotchandSirloin

                  Yes, there's some, not a lot. You can see it in the original photo, if not at the resolution Chowhound posts it at.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Love that dish!

                    It's also on the lunch menu in a smaller portion.

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  Yes, this is what I think of when I hear "Chongqing chicken." I always thought Chongqing as an alternate/older term for Chengdu chicken but I am no Chinese cuisine expert. Basically though, a dry fried spicy chicken.

                  Whatever you call this dish it is delicious. I recommend adding a side of numbing bamboo shoots for maximum palate assault.

                3. They have it at Sichuan Garden in Brookline Village. It is not on the regular menu but on the one page chinese menu. Tis is the best I had in the Boston area.