When Lon’s ex-coworkers wanted to have Szechuan food, we took them to Wu Liang Ye (3 locations). The two Szechuan must-haves are Dan Dan Noodles and the Hot Oil Dumplings. The Dan Dan Noodles are covered in minced pork, scallions, and some spinach. The sauce is sweet, meaty, and moderately spicy.

Dan Dan Noodles

The Hot Oil Dumplings sit in a pool of sweet and spicy vinaigrette, topped with garlic cream. Stir it up before serving to everyone who’s willing to have garlic breath for the next 24 hours. I could eat several bowls of this by myself.

Szechuan Dumplings

Beyond that, we were open to suggestions, and our waiter was ready to fire away. I think we took all of his suggestions, and besides this Spicy Beef that was too sweet and too chewy, I was glad we ordered the rest.

Spicy Beef

Their Crispy Whole Fish is a non-authentic dish but it’s still really good. They de-bone the entire fish, but put it back together before deep-frying it. That’s got to be a lot of work! It’s drenched in sweet and sour sauce with pine-nuts, corn, and peas, yet manages to stay crispy.

Crispy, Boneless Fish

Lon loves Camphor Tea Smoked Duck, but it’s so hard to find. It’s also a good dish to have since you’ll need at least one break from the spicy stuff.

Camphor Tea Smoked Duck

Our waiter kept raving about Streaky Pork (that’s what is written on the menu). We didn’t really know what he was talking about but said ok. It turns out, it’s sliced pork belly with hot green peppers and szechuan peppercorns. This was the spiciest dish.

Streaky Pork

The Ma Po Tofu was also quite spicy, with minced pork and plenty of szechuan peppercorns. (This is different from my Ma Po Tofu which is more Taiwanese style.)

Ma Po Tofu

I hadn’t been here in 2 years and while I really enjoyed the food, it seamed a little less authentic (more sugar, less spicy), which seams to be the trend these days. (You have to head to Flushing for the authentic Chinese food.) I’m not complaining though because at these prices (about $23 per person with tax and tip), this was a steal. We had some left-overs for lunch the next day too.

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