Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sichuan Home Dishes Out Spicy Innovations

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Sichuan Home's spicy tea-smoked duck. - LARA HATA
  • Lara Hata
  • Sichuan Home's spicy tea-smoked duck.

​As vibrant as the regional cuisines of China are, you wouldn't always know it in America, where Western bistros are encouraged to play and experiment, but chefs at "ethnic" restaurants are often tied to a roster of the classics.

Well, not Sichuan Home, the subject of this week's full-length restaurant review. Here you get a sense of the innovation happening in Chengdu, the culinary capital of Sichuan Province, and of chef Liu Hong's imagination. Tea-smoked duck is stir-fried with peppers and garlic. Lotus root slices are pressed together with ground pork and deep-fried. Fish stew comes with yam cake and seaweed. 

At the moment, the chef seems to be sorting out the execution of his new creations, which don't always work. The best things on the menu are the cold appetizers -- the couple's delight (brisket and tripe dressed with hot chile oil, peanuts, and cilantro) is marvelous -- and the braised fish dishes. But it'll be interesting to see how Sichuan Home's most innovative dishes develop as the chef finds his voice. 

Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.
Follow me at @JonKauffman.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Jonathan Kauffman


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"