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Five Szechuan Restaurants to Satiate Spice Cravings

The best of China’s spiciest province in the Twin Cities

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Just a few short years ago there was almost no representation of the Sichuan (or Szechuan in the states) Province’s style of Chinese cooking in the metro area, but times have changed. The food is best known for the buzzing, numbing quality of the Szechuan peppercorn, little pink balls that pack a wallop of heat and flavor. However, that’s not all to this wonderfully complex cuisine. Crispy tofu, blistered green beans, plenty of ginger, garlic, noodles and the singular hellfire broth that is a cauldron of hot pot. These are the best places to experience the delightful, lingering spice of Szechuan cuisine in the Twin Cities.

Restaurants are listed in geographical order from West to East.

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Grand Szechuan Restaurant

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The regal interior of this restaurant belies its humble strip mall exterior. The huge menu includes American Chinese food classics, if dining with more timid palates. Spice fans should dive into the savory with a hint of sweet Chendu Spicy dumplings and anything drenched in spicy broth.

Chendu dumplings
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Szechuan Spice

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This Lyn/Lake mainstay is best known for soup dumplings. Tender dough is wrapped around broth that is best approached with Jucy Lucy-like precaution. These are temperature hot, not spicy hot. Although, there are plenty of other red-oil doused dishes to satisfy the heat cravings.

Take out, delivery and dine-in at Lyn/Lake
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Tea House

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There are restaurants that scratch the Szechuan itch without having actually being named Szechuan. There are other locations using this name, but the best to visit is the one on University Avenue near the U of M. This is the best place for Ma Po Tofu, the squares of tofu are served in a porky, flavorful chile oil.

The O.G. Tea House Ma Po Tofu
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Szechuan

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Spice fans trek out to this suburban restaurant to taste the bold flavors off a newly redesigned menu. The Chung King Chicken is an intense crispy paste of ginger, garlic and chile spice.

Whole roasted fish with pickled peppers
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Magic Noodle

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This new Saint Paul restaurant has been an immediate hit, with guests clamoring for hand pulled noodles and the charming atmosphere. The Szechuan wontons are wrapped in tender, thin layers of dough and dressed in that tingly, hot chili oil. A bowl of noodles in the Chongqing spicy broth are the only recipe from the wonderfully, unrelenting heat and pork-studded broth.

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Grand Szechuan Restaurant

Chendu dumplings
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The regal interior of this restaurant belies its humble strip mall exterior. The huge menu includes American Chinese food classics, if dining with more timid palates. Spice fans should dive into the savory with a hint of sweet Chendu Spicy dumplings and anything drenched in spicy broth.

Chendu dumplings
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Szechuan Spice

Take out, delivery and dine-in at Lyn/Lake
Szechuan Spice

This Lyn/Lake mainstay is best known for soup dumplings. Tender dough is wrapped around broth that is best approached with Jucy Lucy-like precaution. These are temperature hot, not spicy hot. Although, there are plenty of other red-oil doused dishes to satisfy the heat cravings.

Take out, delivery and dine-in at Lyn/Lake
Szechuan Spice

Tea House

The O.G. Tea House Ma Po Tofu
Tea House/Web

There are restaurants that scratch the Szechuan itch without having actually being named Szechuan. There are other locations using this name, but the best to visit is the one on University Avenue near the U of M. This is the best place for Ma Po Tofu, the squares of tofu are served in a porky, flavorful chile oil.

The O.G. Tea House Ma Po Tofu
Tea House/Web

Szechuan

Whole roasted fish with pickled peppers
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Spice fans trek out to this suburban restaurant to taste the bold flavors off a newly redesigned menu. The Chung King Chicken is an intense crispy paste of ginger, garlic and chile spice.

Whole roasted fish with pickled peppers
Szechuan/Website

Magic Noodle

This new Saint Paul restaurant has been an immediate hit, with guests clamoring for hand pulled noodles and the charming atmosphere. The Szechuan wontons are wrapped in tender, thin layers of dough and dressed in that tingly, hot chili oil. A bowl of noodles in the Chongqing spicy broth are the only recipe from the wonderfully, unrelenting heat and pork-studded broth.

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