It's not the reason I made an impromptu trip back to LA, but if I'm back, I might as well! Call it missing out on the signature boiled fish with green pepper sauce at Chengdu Taste a couple weeks ago. See what happens when I don't order one of everything? Mind you, it's a Chinese restaurant, so one of everything when the menu is huge is hard to do. I rarely go back to a restaurant when I'm traveling (especially when the visit is recent), because I want to try something new, but this is an exception. There are so many recommended dishes it takes a few visits to get through them all. I made the rookie mistake of not pre ordering the fried lion-fish (again), so fair warning.
On the table:
1) Diced rabbit with younger sister's secret recipe - it's an appetizer dish served cold. The rabbit is diced with the bone so it needs a bit of patience to eat since the bones are tiny. Sweet and spicy dish and good contrast to the fish hot pot.
2) Toothpick lamb with cumin 💖 - I had this last time and it's worth ordering every visit. It's that good. It's little pieces of lamb and fat fried and then wok-fried again in aromatic spices, chilies and peppers.
3) Boiled fish with green pepper sauce - There's a boiled fish and a boiled fresh fish, and I don't even know which one I ordered. I just asked for the signature. It's slices of tender boneless white fish in a bath of green pepper sauce/oil with sichuan peppercorns and serrano chilies.👌 There's also a bed of bean sprouts at the bottom. This is a very addicting spice. It has depth, but it's a bit repetitive.
4) Guess Guess shrimp - definitely one of my favourite dishes here! 😍 It's up there with the toothpick lamb. It deep fried tiger prawns with crispy yam stick (think fries). Super tasty! Super addicting. It very likely has MSG... but so good.
Other recommended dishes (haven't tried them all, but some): couple's sliced beef in chile sauce, numb taste wonton, dan dan mian, boiled beef with green pepper sauce, flake beef with golden sauce, house special chicken with wild yam, sliced fish with tofu pudding, rice flour steamed pork, crispy rice anything, and sautéed lettuces. Pre-order the fried lion fish (24 hour notice).