We may have found the Holy Grail of Chinese cuisine at Sichuan Impression. While I have had the great pleasure to travel widely, and have always considered eating different and ethnic foods part of each adventure, I must admit to being somewhat squeamish about what goes in my mouth. I found a lot of those questionable dishes on the menu, but there are also more familiar items, so don’t give up.
The adventurous eaters and Asia-philes among you may be excited by offerings that I would quickly eschew, such as smoked pork ear, ginger frog, bean jelly, duck tongue, “fiery temper” goose intestine, and all kinds of other strange and unusual things.
Those more like me – take heart. The menu does include quite a few choices that one might expect at a Chinese eatery. You’ll find sweet and sour shrimp, sliced pork with garlic, wonton chicken broth, fried rice and plenty more. We enjoyed an absolutely delicious kung-pao chicken and mama’s homemade noodles, which came in a large bowl of broth and included scrambled eggs, pieces of tomato, yams and potatoes.
Sichuan Impression is always busy, and is definitely a favorite among Asian residents. The prices vary from $7 to $28, and the servings are generous. Note that wine is not available by the glass, and served only by the bottle, but beer and soft drinks are available, as, of course, is tea.
The restaurant is open from 11:30-3:30 p.m. daily for the lunch crowd, re-opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, or 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Sichuan Impression is at 13816 Red Hill, in the strip mall about a block north of the I-5 exit. Call (714) 505-9070 for reservations or take out. Be brave–try something new!