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Little Szechuan

Map & Directions 422 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55103
  • Chinese
  • Takeout, Delivery
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available


City Pages' Description

The numbing, the burning, the bliss! St. Paul's Asian-restaurant superstar Little Szechuan improbably unites high style, including Milan-modern fixtures and a decent wine list, with profound Chengdu-style cooking authenticity. The must-order dishes on the authentic black Szechuan menu are legion (please skip the green, sweet-and-sour, gringo-oriented menu.) You must get the dan-dan noodles--long, chewy wheat noodles dressed with a handful of pork crumbles, scallions, and spicy red chili oil. You must try something loaded with black dried chili peppers, perhaps the fried cucumbers, which taste like a cucumber dew, a cucumber perfume on a cool wind, with the chili peppers trumpeting their subtle perk. Hot enough for you? The cumin lamb is an herbal soother, a vibrant meeting of cilantro, paper-thin sliced lamb, and meadow notes of cool. Kung-pao chicken is the best in town, made rich with loads of pan-darkened roast peanuts. Some vegetable--pea tips? Gai lan?--will also do wonders to damp down the heat. Now move on to the big boys: saucy ma po tofu and a blood-red cauldron of Szechuan pepper, ginger, and anise packed beef and tofu--each bite reveals flavors as complex as a rain forest, as painful as a great massage.

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  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 12/11/12

    Best Chinese 2012 - It’s not only the searingly spicy peppers and the family recipes, but the quality of the whole dining experience that gain it loyal fans.

  • Katy F. on 12/06/10

    Their orange chicken is the best in the cities. The entire menu is fantastic, though.

  • Wendy J. on 03/19/10

    Try the Szechuan potato fries - spicy, delicious decadence!

  • Erica D. on 03/04/10

    Dan Dan Noodles are off the chain

  • Eric M. on 11/06/09

    each of the dinner dishes is enough to serve 2-3. Try the fried green beans or Szechuan tofu.

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