Photo from the Szechuan Empire website.
A couple of weeks ago, we tried my cousin’s favorite Chinese restaurant, Szechuan Empire. The only time Dave and I get Chinese food is generally on his birthday at Emerald City in Ypsilanti (I’ll do a post on them one day, they have the best spring rolls). So we were excited to find a place closer to our house for Chinese food. Szechuan Empire did not disappoint!
For the sake of science, Dave and I ordered what we would normally order at Emerald City so we could compare. For Dave, that’s sweet and sour chicken and for me, it’s steamed pork dumplings. We both ordered vegetarian spring rolls as well. Dave thought the sweet and sour chicken was as good as Emerald City! The chicken was nicely breaded and not grisly at all. The sauce was not too sweet. The pork dumplings were different than Emerald City, but they were excellent! The dumplings at Emerald City have thinner wrappers, more like pasta and the dumplings at Szechuan Empire had more of a puffy wrapper with a consistency more like bread. We both agreed that the spring rolls were just OK. Andrew ordered the spicy garlic broccoli which was also very good. Szechuan Empire has a great selection of vegetarian entrees.
Last Friday, Dave and I got takeout from Szechuan Empire and we want to try something we’d never had before. I ordered the General Tso’s Chicken and Dave ordered the Twice Cooked Pork. We ended up sharing both. General Tso’s Chicken is chicken that has been battered and friend and it’s served in a spicy and sweet red sauce. I ordered it medium spiciness, but I think I would try hot next time as it wasn’t that spicy. The Twice Cooked Pork was pieces of pork with mixed vegetables stir-fried in a special hoisen brown sauce, which was somewhat similar to BBQ sauce. It was good, but I’m not sure if I would order it again. The first piece of pork I tried was really fatty, though the rest of it was not.
I’m already looking forward to our next meal at Szechuan Empire. Not sure what I’m going to order! I’d love to have the steamed dumplings or General Tso’s Chicken again, but it would be nice to try something new again as well. The shredded pork in black bean sauce sounds interesting as does the vegetarian honey sesame chicken and I’ve always wanted to try Peking duck…so many options!