Cheap Eats 2011: Sichuan Village
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Sichuan Village
Address: 14005 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 703-631-5888
Neighborhood: Chantilly/Centreville/Clifton
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Steamed pork shank; Szechuan street dumplings; Green Bean Jelly with black pepper; cumin lamb; ma po tofu; spicy potato noodles; Kung Pao chicken; Chengdu pork; "ants on a stick."
Price Details: Entrées $6.50 to $21.95, lunch buffet $8, dinner buffet $9, weekend buffet $10.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

You might have doubts about this Chengdu-inspired gem--the sign out front touts a buffet, and steam tables dominate the main room. But you're here to sample the expert wok work of the five Szechuan-trained cooks.

Their aim? Not merely to scorch your palate but to awaken your senses--the best dishes here brim with complex flavors that invite close consideration, such as a textbook ma po tofu (soft cubes of tofu in a mouth-tingling chili oil), sliced lamb ignited with peppers and toasted cumin, and Chengdu-style Kung Pao chicken.

Note the color coding on the menu. For most people, yellow will be plenty hot; red means the kitchen has seasoned with abandon.

Also good: Dan-dan noodles; Sichuan pickles; Chengdu fish; "ants on a tree," ground pork clinging to house-made potato noodles; Chengdu beef.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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