100 Favorite Dishes

Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #85 Vegetable Trio in Sichuan Sauce at Spicy Sichuan, 9888 Bellaire

Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in the comments.

#85 Vegetable Trio in Sichuan Sauce at Spicy Sichuan, 9888 Bellaire

I am normally a full-on carnivore, but the "Vegetable Trio" on Spicy Sichuan's list of lunch specials is one of those vegetarian dishes that's so good, I don't miss the meat. The eggplant was velvety smooth, the tofu cubes were fried crispy, and the Chinese green beans were cooked through, but still crunchy. The Sichuan sauce didn't have as much Sichuan peppercorns as you find in the sauces at Sarah Place in the next shopping center, but it had plenty of chile pepper heat.

We also sampled a few cold items from the appetizer buffet. The cold rabbit in Sichuan sauce was disappointing, the beef and tendon was okay, and the sliced smoked pork jowls were really good. They looked and tasted like tiny slices of bacon. At Spicy Sichuan the lunch specials come with your choice of egg drop or hot and sour soup for the ridiculous price of $4.50.

The list to date: #100: Green Chile Chicken Kebabs at Chatkhara Grill #99: The All-Day Burrito at Cherry Top Bakery #98: "You Buy We Fry" Trout Basket at Hank's Fish Market #97: Chicharron de Barriga at La Michoacana Meat Market # 10 #96: Pakistani Breakfast at Kings Chicken #95: Fried Mojarra at Taqueria Jesus Maria #94: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake Ball at Coffee Groundz #93:Cheeseburger at Leonard's Famous Burgers #92: Lasagna at Doyle's #91: Cochinita Pibil at Tacos La Bala #90: Fajita Tacos at Taqueria El Charro #89: Kubideh and Zereshk Polo at Kasra Persian Grill #88: Trentino Gelato's Dulce de Leche at Shisha #87 Deviled Eggs at Nielsen's Deli #86: Italian-Cuban Sandwich at Logan Farms

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