Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lansheng for some GOOD Szechuan Food in New Jersey!

After a somewhat disappointing meal at Han Dynasty in the East Village a few months ago; the food was pretty good, just surprisingly not spicy enough!  Thanks to Yelp, I was nicely surprised to find Lansheng, a great Szechuan restaurant close to me.

Langsheng serves authentic Szechuan food, and it's location is especially surprising since Wallington, NJ, is a small Polish town with only a few eateries. When I first went there with my folks for lunch, I also noticed that the restaurant was right in the quiet road with not too many businesses nearby.  The restaurant has is clean and the decor is nice, but most importantly, it was also a relief to see other Asian families eating there (as this is often a sign that the place doesn't just serve Americanized Chinese fare).

The food is very reasonably priced and was absolutely delicious.  We started out with a few apps:
Their wontons in chili oil were decent and about on par with others that I've had.  Spicy with just a little hint of Szechuan peppercorns.  Just a sign of things to come for sure!

Their dan dan noodles were also very tasty and pretty similar to Han Dynasty's...but several $ cheaper!

So it's not really a Szechuan dish, but we felt like getting some scallion pancakes! Lansheng's were REALLY good.  

I was pretty excited to have the Mapo Tofu, since I really hadn't had it in a while, and their version was superb!  With the right amount of spice and Szechuan peppercorns to numb your palate just a bit, this dish was sooooo addictive and  had everyone going back for more. It's a must-order dish if you're here.

I had never had tea smoked duck, and this dish was also amazing.  The skin was super crispy and the meat had a very smoky flavor (think a good bbq joint).  Another dish definitely worth getting again!

Service was also great; our server was throwing out one liners like his life depended on it, when was the last time you saw that at a Chinese restaurant?  Everything we ordered was delicious, and I'm looking forward to trying their other dishes, maybe a hot pot perhaps? It's getting cold during the nights and it's only September!

209 Paterson Ave
Wallington, NJ 07507
(973) 773-7100

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