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Feb 1, 2014 04:50 PM


I'm looking for a restaurant that serves gan bian si ji dou (干煸四季豆) with Szechuan peppercorns. I used to live in Xiamen and would eat this dish three times a week. Every time I order it here it comes without the numbing spice.

Also looking for a place that serves a good sweet and sour inside out fish, sōngshǔ guì yú (松鼠桂鱼).

...oh yeah and those deep fried toffee bananas (don't remember what they were called) that I used to get for desert

any help would be greatly appreciated

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  1. Chengdu Taste.
    Shufeng Garden.
    Hunan Chili King.

    Get your deep-fried banana itch scratched elsewhere, like at Elite or Sea Harbour.

    2 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      Ipse, good to see you. I've heard a lot about Chengdu Taste but nothing about the other two. Give me the skinny on them.

      1. re: Hughlipton

        Basic, solid Sichuan food. Like a .280 hitter with a .350 on-base percentage.

        Will do any of the typical Sichuan classic dishes just as well as Chengdu Taste - sometimes better - but you won't get any of the obscure, off-the-radar offerings that Chengdu Taste has.

      1. si ji dou:
        Xiang Wei Lou.

        Chengdu Taste has a lions mane fish that portrays essentially the same flavor as the squirrel fish, as well as the knife work.

        1. It comes w/o numbing spice b/c that's not usually how you cook it.

          Are the toffee bananas just chunks of banana covered w/ a sticky/hard sugar coating? If so, the Beijing Tasty House in Rosemead (same plaza as The Square) may have that. I know they have the apple and sweet potato variety.

          Beijing Tasty House
          8118 Garvey Ave
          Unit B
          Rosemead, CA 91770