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Chuan Lu Garden

1101 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando 32803
Tel: (407) 896-8966

The Sichuan province in Western China is often called the "heavenly country".

It is said to have an abundance of food and natural resources. Theres also an ancient Chinese proverb that says... 'the people of Sichuan uphold good flavor, and they are fond of hot and spicy taste."

The same can certainly be said about the province of Colonial Town and the people of Chuan Lu Garden. There are plenty of Asian and Vietnamese inspired cuisines around the part of Colonial Drive known as the ViMi district, but no one in that area has attempted authentic Szechuan food, neither has any one in Orlando for that matter, until Chuan Lu Garden.

Szechuan Is all about big, bold flavors that cause your mouth to explode with heat and good taste at the same time. The cuisine is very well known for its liberal use of chili peppers, and  the use of a microscopic food made explosive device known as a Sichuan Peppercorn. 

Most dishes are not just hot in flavor, there is always a good mixture of  Sesame Paste, Ginger, Garlic, Star Anise and Peanuts to even things out.

However,  you should use caution when eating real Szechuan food. There are some dishes that are not hot at all, and are actually very good and flavorful, but the vast majority of of the cuisine is HOT.....and I mean mouth on fire, lips tingling, and your tongue going numb and salivating hot.

The physical address at Chuan Lu Garden is actually for Ginza. That is a Japanese Hibachi and Sushi restaurant. 

When you arrive...just go past the first entrance for Ginza and open the second door down that is facing Colonial Drive.

The inside of Chuan Lu Garden is not very large. There are nine tables to be exact, but since the restaurant is part of its big brother restaurant, Ginza, seating should not be a problem, as I was told that if no seating is available, patrons may sit inside Ginza. 

As a starter we shared a rather large bowl of "Ma La Niu Rou"---Or Spicy Beef Noodle Soup.

It's important to point out that Chuan Lu Garden makes their own Lanzhou noodles in house. 

Lanzhou style noodles are made with a flour based dough that is worked aggressively and pulled in straight, quick, tugs with no twisting or waving. 

The soup was very spicy, but very flavorful. It consisted of beef broth, filled with hand pulled noodles and beef brisket slices topped off with peanuts, cilantro, and chili paste.  The  portion was certainly large enough to make an entree out of or to share for two.

For an appetizer we ate the "Hong You Chao Shou"---Szechuan Wonton in Chili Oil.

This is a spicy Szechuan version of wonton. They are filled with pork, spices, ginger, and sesame oil and served with chili oil and aromatic soy sauce. 

Traditional won tons are fried but these are more like dumplings, since they are boiled. The flavor profile is best described as a succulent explosion of  heat and savory flavorings from the pork and ginger. Even if you like heat, I suggest you eat only about two won tons at a time  to give your tongue time to recover. Keep the water near by.

My wife ordered the Beef with Scallions.

It is a Sichuan tradition to eat at least one dish, or side dish of something that will cool the palate. All main entrees come with a side of white rice that will certainly help to cool you off, but an entire dish is even better.

Although there is a red pepper on the menu next to the Beef with Scallions, this dish was not spicy or hot at all. It was flavored very well in a nice brown gravy beef sauce with lots of sliced scallions.

The beef was very moist and tender, and once again proved to be too large of a platter for two people to consume.

The "ChongQing Lazi Chicken" was the star of the show.

These tender morsels of fried and spicy goodness were the equivalent of a food strip tease in your mouth.

At first bite all you taste is the garlic and seasonings of the chicken and the batter, and you think your in love.

Next the the dried chili's and jalapeño's hit the back of your tongue with the force of a land mine, and although you can feel the pain, you are still hooked and have an overwhelming desire to consume more Lazi Chicken.

Lastly the Szechuan Peppercorns pull you back to reality with such an intense heat, your tongue will go numb and begin to taste like metal as it starts foaming and frothing all the way.

It is only then....that you realize....You need to take a break from the Lazi Chicken Strip Show, or you wont have any taste buds left.

This dish is very hot , but this dish is ridiculously and deceptively delicious. Use caution and take short breaks in between, and keep the water even closer! 

Yes... Szechuan food is not for the the faint of heart, nor is it for the non adventurous eater. 

However if you desire the most authentic Szechuan cuisine in Central Florida, with outstanding service.....Tastes Of Orlando invites you to stop by and say hello to a place that certainly upholds good flavor, and is very fond of hot and spicy tastes.

The menu is moderately priced with dishes starting in the $7.00 range and going up to $12.00. We had enough left over for lunch for both of us, and our bill was under $36.00

Chuan Lu Garden is open from 11:00am until 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday,  and from 11:00 am until 11:00pm Friday and Saturday.

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