So I’m back prowling along Hanbury Street again for lunch today. Decided to have Chinese today and giving Sichuan Folk another go. I have had dinner at Sichuan Folk twice before. Once with Boom and another time with Furry. Have also tried their takeaway lunch a couple of months back. So this is another old friend.
Sichuan Folk as the restaurant’s name clearly implies focus on Sichuan cuisine. This cuisine from the southwestern province in China is famous for being spicy and strong flavoured. Liberal use of Sichuan Pepper, garlic and dried chillies can be pretty scary for peebs who can’t take the heat.
For lunch, the restaurant has a special menu with a selection of their dishes served with steam rice. Though the menu states that all option comes with soup, no such luck when you takeaway. At £5.50, can’t really complain as the portion is pretty generous. Been wanting to try the tripe or the intestine dish but went with a safe option today in case I scare you guys off!
I decided on the Beef Fillet with pickled chilli dish. If you study the picture with the menu carefully, this dish is translated as beef “stripes”. Stripes? Dunno what that is, probably a case of lost in translation, very common for Chinese menus. Looking at the dish’s Chinese name, the correct translation should be beef fillet. The beef is stir fry with slices of celery, spring onion and a mild spicy sauce. I think the sauce contains some Sichuan pepper since I detect the signature numbing burn. I quite like this, the beef is nicely cooked and is tender. The celery provided a welcoming crunch and the sauce is nice and savoury, goes perfectly with a big mouthful of steam rice.
If you are in the area, I would highly recommend Sichuan Folk. I will definitely be back to try some of the other more exotic dishes.
32 Hanbury Street
London E1 6RQ
0207 247 4735