LAO SZE CHUAN 老四川 – CHICAGO, IL (芝加哥 CHINATOWN)

Finally back from travelling, we were in Chicago spending the Thanksgiving. Lots to catch up!

First, we tried one of the busiest Sichuan restaurant in Chicago Chinatown, very disappointed. All dishes were missing the essential “Ma – numbing” from Sichuan cuisine. Service was extremely bad, rude manager! While we were waiting, there was the rude manager outside yelling down the street; he was holding a mini flash light point all over the place and to his customers, was it really necessary? Oh we waited 1 hour to be seated.

We got seated upstairs, no services at all, I wasn’t expecting much anyway, but this was bad. We wait 20 mins to flag down a waiter to take our order. We ordered 3 dishes, took 30 mins for the first 2 dishes, and another 30 mins for the final dish. We had to flag down another waiter to get rice, oh boy, he just nodded this head and kept walking. What does that mean? Did he heard us or not??

Alright, back to the dishes.

Dry Chili Chicken: It was spicy and crispy. But where is the numbing sensation? Where is the peppercorn that’s makes the “Ma” in Sichuan cuisine? Very disappointed.

Dry Chili Chicken - it was spicy, but no numbing!

Dry Chili Chicken – it was spicy, but no numbing!

Napa with Wine Sauce: It was ok, I can make this at home.

Napa in Wine Sauce - nothing special, I can make at home

Napa in Wine Sauce – nothing special, I can make at home

Spicy Boiled Beef: Bad … the whole dish was lack of flavor, spicy, but not numbing!

Boiled Beef in Spicy Sichuan Saue - spicy, but again no numbing! To me, its a must in Sichuan Cuisine!

Boiled Beef in Spicy Sichuan Saue – spicy, but again no numbing! To me, its a must in Sichuan Cuisine!

Definitely not worth the wait, won’t be back.

Long wait, but not worth the wait

Long wait, but not worth the wait

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