We’re spending the holiday in Chengdu, China. Thanksgiving lunch at Chen Mapo Tofu Restaurant. No turkey on the menu.
Specialty here is Mapo Tofu. No surprise. Well run clean efficient restaurant. Staff not English speaking, but friendly. I understand there is a picture menu available upon request.
Large pitcher of hot Chrysanthemums tea preset on every table. Much appreciated and needed. We chugged 3 pitchers to “complement” our meal.
The signature Mapo Tofu. Well crafted, not mind numbingly mala. Though even my rice-adverse wife asked to share some of MY plain white rice. Noticed more than a couple of single local women diners enjoying just Mapo Tofu, Rice and tea. Nice simple lunch.
Of course, simple is not in my partner’s vocabulary. More than a couple of the food runners commented that we (she) ordered too much food. From years of training, I wisely kept my damn opinions to myself.
Guqi Fei Pian. Husband and Wife Beef in Chile. I’m fairly certain the meat was tendon. I would have preferred tongue, next time. Delicious nevertheless, way more than we needed.
Pan fried Cauliflower with sliced Twice Cooked Pork. Cute presentation in wok on tea candle. Loved the semi crispy pork.
Dan Dan Mien. Nice, not life changing. Kinda doughy, may be because handmade?
Stir fried Cabbage and Rice Vermicelli. Good smoky wok hei.
Kung Pao Chicken. Succulent tender chicken, crunchy peanuts with flavor far better than we get back home. Not as spicy as the plate of red Chiles might suggest.
All in all, perfect first sit down at an off the street restaurant. We both agreed that we wouldn’t go out of our way to return. However, If we were in the vicinity and hungry, would happily revisit.