peter chang’s china cafe

To many, driving two hours to eat lunch would be crazy.  To me, that sounds like the perfect excuse for a day trip.

In January, I read an article in Garden & Gun about a Chinese chef named Peter Chang in Richmond that was serving authentic Szechuan food.  I was immediately intrigued.  The only Chinese I'd ever eaten was the Americanized (bland and salty) version.  I mentioned it to my husband and bookmarked it as something to do. This weekend the opportunity arose to hit the road for the day and off we went to Richmond. Destination: Peter Chang's China Cafe.

I knew the restaurant was in a strip mall but I'd forgotten about the realities of strip malls.  You don't see them often in DC and wow..they're still depressing.  The interior of the restaurant wasn't much better.  It was stark.   All of this ceased to matter once the food arrived. The menu is immense and I had a hard time deciding what to sample.  Our waiter was wonderfully patient.  He pointed out the Chef specialities and his favorites.  We ordered fried pork belly to start then tea smoked duck and stir fried shrimp and vegetables.  All three dishes were fantastic, flavorful and full of the famous Szechuan peppers.   The dishes were nothing like the Chinese food I'd eaten previously and made me wish that we had a Peter Chang's Cafe in DC.   



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