VENUE DETAILS

Little Szechuan - University

Price:

$

Cuisine Type:

Asian, Chinese

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

Rating: One Star One Star No Star No Star

REVIEW

How hot are the spices at Little Szechuan?

Hot enough to burn the place down. Shortly after the new Chinese restaurant opened on St. Paul's University Avenue last October, a cook roasting chile peppers started a kitchen fire that closed the restaurant for a couple of months of repairs and remodeling.

Authentic Szechuan dishes -- at least the spicy ones -- are supposed to pack that kind of wallop. And when the first wave of Szechuan restaurants arrived in the '70s -- restaurants such as the long-gone Empress in Edina, and the Princess Garden in St. Paul -- their renditions of kung pao chicken and twice-cooked pork were memorably piquant.

But gradually, on its way to the supermarket freezer case, fiery hot Szechuan lost its edge. Every Chinese restaurant added a few dishes like kung pao chicken or hot-and-sour soup to its menu, and when their clientele complained that it was too spicy, they toned it down.

Little Szechuan actually offers two menus: a green menu, in English only, featuring more Americanized fare, and a bilingual menu with a black cover, listing more authentically Chinese dishes. I'm not sure how they decide which menu to hand diners.

Guess which menu offers General Tao's chicken, Hunan beef, and hot-and-sour soup?

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Where:

Little Szechuan - University
422 University Av. W
St. Paul, MN
651-222-1333

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