April 3, 2013 · 8:30 PM
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"People from Sichuan and Jiangsu eat pepper, because they're not afraid of spicy food. People from Hunan eat pepper, because they're afraid not to eat spicy food. Most of the senior officials of the Communist party are originally from Sichuan, Jiangsu and Hunan provinces. So I'd say that people who like to eat spicy food are the real revolutionaries."
By that definition, L'Orient d'Or is the place you want to book when you are drawing up the plans for the next worker's paradise. Comrade Jin and I dined here after the Opera one Sunday (opera buffon is also a revolutionary activity, by the way), and determined to come back with a large group to enjoy the special pre-order menu including hong shao rou (red braised pork). Ever since I missed the legendary Chowdown at Mao Family Cooking in the People's Republic of San Mateo I have wanted to find a Hunan specialist so I can sample it myself. Here is my chance, and yours, in the 9eme.