A friend who's Chinese introduced us to this place, and I'm always pleased to see Chinese families dining here. The food is unusual for Ithaca's Chinese offerings -- Szechuan, hot and spicy, with offerings I'm not accustomed to seeing on menus elsewhere. The service is accommodating, though they seem to be just learning English. We love the Tom Yum soup, each bowl arriving with a couple of large shrimp, plenty of straw mushrooms, bursting with the flavor of lemongrass, vinegar, and chili oil. The Peking duck is crisp and lovely, served with little risen buns (I was expecting pancakes); you should probably give them 24 hours' notice if you plan to have it. We've had ma po tofu, a spicy soft tofu dish with a bit of pork ground into the sauce that was achingly tender. The seaweed salad is fresh-tasting and just sweet enough. Lamb with cumin is spicy, and is served over a bed of cabbage -- delicious! My favorite so far has been a Szechuan-spiced dish of pork intestine -- sounds yucky, but it was totally delicious. There are offerings of pigs feet and other surprising parts of the pig. Spicy Asian's menu is an adventure, and the place has become one of my favorite Ithaca restaurants.
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