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This strip-mall eatery focuses on all the Szechuan favorites, from Szechuan green beans to Ma Po Tofu with Szechuan peppercorns, whose fiery menthol leaves a numbness that suggests your mouth was just treated for overuse following strenuous sports activity. Szechuan serves broccoli beef, spicy pork intestine, and everything in between. One of the best things on the menu is the whole Peking duck. It takes about 30 minutes and costs about 30 bucks, but it's perfect for sharing and well worth the wait. Rich meat and crackling skin are wrapped pancakes with hoisin sauce, cucumbers, and scallions, like a Chinese-style burrito.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the twin cities, and is at its best when you order traditional szechuan dishes. Some particular standouts are the Ma Po Tofu with ground pork, which is a spicy/numbing sauce filled with peppers and ground pork with big chunks of silky tofu. I am not normally a big tofu guy, but this dish has changed my mind completely. Another fantastic dish is the boiled pork in szechuan hot sauce, which doesnt sound particularly good, but is amazing. Its basically a thick spicy and savory soup-like sauce with large chunks of tender pork and cabbage. Fantastic over rice. Another great dish is the szechuan double cooked pork, which consists of double cooked (obviously) pork belly in a scorchingly hot mix of hot peppers, vegetables, and leeks.
Sad to see the previous user had a bad experience, but i eat here at least twice a week and have never had a bad meal.
We did have a Groupon for this restaurant and we decided to try it after it was featured on the citypages, so we actually were not out too much money. With that said, we've NEVER had such horrible food! We went to this place with the intent of having a great, spicy meal. We ordered the szechuan chicken and pork egg roll. The egg roll was nothing special, certainly not spicy and was served with sweet and sour, gloppy sauce. The entree appeared and at first glance, I thought it was squid mixed with some great looking broccoli. I noticed the clear glaze sauce on top and wondered about the taste immediately. It wasn't spicy, in fact the chicken was so bland, a toddler could have eaten it! I took one bite and spit it out, then another and then another, both times spitting it out. The chicken was so under-cooked, that is why it appeared to resemble squid, in my opinion. I could not eat it at all! My husband tried some and we ended up leaving 3/4 of the dish and when asked if we wanted a box to take home the extra, we declined. An awful dish and we most likely will never return! We ordered the dish we did because we've had szechuan chicken dishes at other restaurants and it was marvelous, usually with a crispy outer crust to the chicken, not this one! The server was also very rude. He was the son of the business owners and when we asked for extra rice, which was suppposed to be free, he made us very uncomfortable about it and was very rude.
Szechuan is currently the hottest thing going in Chinese food, weaning Twin Citians off their taste for Leeann Chin and turning them on to something more authentic. Szechuan in Roseville does smart work with all the cuisine's staples: snapping, soy-slicked Szechuan green beans, Dan Dan noodles doused in a fiery sauce (think pad Thai with more pluck), and Chung King chicken, those tasty soy-garlic marinated nuggets that are kicked up a notch with the toasty heat of dried chiles. And don't... More »
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