Iâ€™ve been enjoying #S28 on their carryout menu:Â Fish Fillet and Bean Curd in Hot and Red Bean SauceÂ ($13.45). While this might sound odd, it has the flavors (sans pork) of a very mild Ma Po Tofu – a lot of Ma Po Tofus are justÂ tooÂ numbing for me, and while this has some of that, itâ€™s just a hint, not a dominant feature. There is a *lot* of fish in this dish, and itâ€™s an excellent value for the money – Iâ€™ve ordered it twice in a row.
If you like dried-fried beef, sometimes knows as Szechuan Beef Proper, get #F20:Â Crispy Shredded BeefÂ ($13.95). Itâ€™s a massive amount of battered, fried, bite-sized strips of steak, and if you know this dish, itâ€™s a very good rendition, with a few thinly shredded carrots thrown in so you can lie to yourself and think itâ€™s healthy. Highly recommended.
Actually, I recommend both of these dishes in tandem – since theyâ€™re so utterly different, they play off one other well. Youâ€™ll need a green if you get these in order to balance your meal, so order something steamed from the â€œHealthy Choiceâ€ section, or one of the sautÃ©ed beans, snow peas, or spinach entrees – youâ€™ll have yourself a really nice carryout meal for two, with leftovers for lunch the next day. Yes, the beef reheats pretty well in a microwave – and although you already know this, I want to end in a rhyming couplet since Iâ€™m reading Shakespeare:
leave the steamed rice unopened, sealed tight,
and outside of the icebox overnight.