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Get together for regional Chinese cuisine in Chelsea

From: Joe
Sent on: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:56 PM
Hey everyone,

Anyone up for a dinner of spicy Chinese food? The Grand Sichuan is an
institution. This Chinese chain has blazed a chile-pepper trail from
Chinatown, up Ninth Avenue to Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, crosstown to
Murray Hill and over to Second Avenue, and to St. Marks Place. They
specialize in Sichuan cuisine, which is known for spicy deliciousness
- and in particular for the use of unusual peppercorns which have an
exotic tingly flavor. Those peppercorns had actually been banned in
the US until about eight years ago, due to unfounded concerns around
pests - but happily for all of us, they were ultimately declared safe
to import. Here's an article about Sichuan Peppercorns:

http://www.huffin...­

The Grand Sichuan restaurant is also rumored to make delicious soup
dumplings, called "xiao long bao" in Chinese. Those aren't actually
from Sichuan at all, but from far away in Shanghai. They're steamed,
and on the inside they contain a rich soup made of pork and crab. (The
crab is optional if you don't like seafood.) Bite into it the wrong
way, and you will end up with soup all over your shirt. But bite into
it the right way, and you'll be very, very happy. Here's the step by
step procedure:

http://rasamalays...­

Hungry yet?

I'll open up the dinner to a dozen seats, and we'll try to get a big
table for the whole group.

I think it will be simplest if we simply split the dinner bill between
everyone who attends, with drinks on separate individual tabs in case
some people want alcohol and some don't.

Since I'm going to be making a reservation at the restaurant and we
want to make sure we have a full group, I'm asking for a $10 deposit
toward the dinner in order to RSVP. It will be credited to the dinner
bill. If any of you would like to attend and have trouble with the
online payment system, just email me and we can make alternate
arrangements.

You can get all the details and RSVP here:

http://www.meetup...­

Look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,
- Joe

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