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Sichuan House Chinese Restaurant, Parnell Street

15 Aug

Parnell street has transformed itself from what most Dubliners knew it as. When I first frequented it on a regular basis back in the early noughties, it was a bleak, desolate place. It now bustles as Dublin’s unofficial Chinatown. The vast majority of Chinese food dished up in this country is bland and non-descript. It is largely the same no matter where you go. Not so on Parnell Street I was told. Here you see the Asian community eating authentic Asian food. So recently I dragged a friend along to try The Sichuan House Chinese Restaurant (to give it its full title) a try.

 

I was comforted on entering to see not one single waving feline, nor was there fake bamboo or  a fish tank to be seen. Equally we were certainly in the minority as Irish- a good sign. The surrounding s are basic.  But I like that. We perused the menu and skipped over some of the intestinal and more unusual parts of beast on offer. We both went for the chicken satay to start. I spent two years of my life in Indonesia when I was younger- and they know how to do satay- Thankfully they did here also. The sauce was nutty, sweet and just a little spicy. Everything it should be. It was served on a bed of crispy shredded lettuce.

Shredded Pork

For mains I opted for fried shredded pork in a hot and spicy sauce. It was huge. It could have fed us both. It was a tasty dish. The pork was cut a little fine for my liking making for a slightly strange texture, but the sauce was vibrant and there was plenty of veg to liven the dish up. Mark’s Kung Pao Chicken lacked a little punch but was happily eaten all the same. The rice served with both was perfect and could easily be eaten with chopsticks.

The bill came out at just over €40. Which included a beer (€3 ish) and a few Cokes (€1.50). Overall it was nice. It was a hell of a lot better than most ‘Chinese food’ we know of. However it lacked the wow factor. There were dishes paraded by throughout the evening that definitely were not on the menu we were given and they looked delicious- so it could be a place to point and order.

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8 Responses to “Sichuan House Chinese Restaurant, Parnell Street”

  1. John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) August 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I think if it is a Szechuan/Sichuan place, to get the ‘wow’ factor you’d really need to go for the Szechuan stuff – huge flavours, loads of heat, absolutely amazing. Was at a place in London a few weeks back where I went through a plate of ‘pig tendons in spicy salt’ (deep-fried trotters, basically) for a short cut, and we had a whole crab with loads of the famous Szechuan peppercorns, as well as amazing long beans with pork. It’s a phenomenal cuisine and one that certainly makes it worth your while to go with a local or to attempt some of the lesser-tried bits of the animal. I can recommend the feet.

    • thesilverchicken August 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Well I had read that yesterday- which is why I went for something on the spicy end of the spectrum- but it was mild in my estimation….

      • John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) August 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

        The other thing I tend to do in restaurants is to really annoy the staff by making them decide what I’m having for dinner. It works!

      • thesilverchicken August 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

        Yep that’s a great tactic! Done it a few times myself!

  2. mike @ TheCulinaryLens August 19, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    I find point and pray works very well here in NYC’s Chinatown.. Parnell Street has obviously changed a lot since since I grew up.. Wacker’s pet shop would have been the only reason for me to venture into that area. I have to add this to my list for my next visit to Dublin

    • thesilverchicken August 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      It certainly has Mike! Wackers is still there the last time I checked- but it’s bustling with Asian shops and restaurants now!

  3. Karl Greene February 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I enjoyed the food 1st time around but the 2nd time I wanted to enjoy it even more but the number of human hairs i found in various dishes we got put me off. Now I can’t get a scruffy chef in a dirty kitchen image out of my head ;-<

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