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Review of Lao Sze Chuan

Lao Sze Chuan
Ranked #40 of 221 Restaurants in Skokie
Cuisines: Sushi, Chinese
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We went here with a group of friends. There were 9 of us for dinner. We started with lettuce wraps, spicy green beans, and egg rolls for the first course. The green beans had a nice kick, the lettuce wraps were excellent, the egg rolls had a good flavor and the wrapping nice and crunchy. We then had soup, some had the hot and sour soup which they enjoyed others had the won ton soup which was very good.
For entrees we had two orders of the the crispy lemon shrimp (we started with one and it was not enough), sesame chicken, beef with pea pods, Kung Pao chicken, combination fried rice and chicken fried rice. They were all outstanding, so much so all of the serving dishes we totally empty. The 9 of us left the table stuffed. For all of this food the bill with tip came to $26.00 per person, which is very reasonable for what we had. Service was very good, plus this is a group of old friends who love to chat when we get together, so we did not feel rushed.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

We had dinner on a Sunday night to top off a weekend of four meals out at restaurants. For me this was the best meal of all. Flavor, service and value make this a great place when you're looking for authentic Chinese food and don't want to spend a fortune.

The free Chinese "kimchi" was very different from the Korean version because it was much crunchier and not fermented. It was not sour and they use hot chili oil to flavor the cabbage.

We started with an order of beef Cantonese eggrolls. They had that characteristic peanut flavor in the filling, crispy egg roll skin and were not greasy.

The Xia Long bao - "soup" dumplings came 8 to an order and were delicious however you can buy these exact ones at Asian supermarkets in the freezer section and steam them yourself at home. They were tasty but they certainly were not handmade. Because I eat a lot of these I am certain that I know exactly which brand they were.

An order of the seafood tofu soup was very plain but a very large order for seven dollars. It had maybe two or three tiny shrimp in it and a few slices of imitation crab meat. There were a few peas and several wispy threads of egg white in the lightly starch thickened broth which did not taste really of much. It was very, very delicate to the point of needing some more flavor.

The governors tofu was not as satisfying as if it had been made with chicken because the fried tofu pillows lacked texture. The sauce was delicious however so we will return and order it in the traditional style with chicken.

The Szechuan green beans were absolutely amazing! We tried to order the garlic green beans and our server strongly suggested going with the Szechuan green beans instead. They were excellent with some char on them, a lot of garlic and a little bit of a soy/brown sauce that was not thick but perfectly seasoned the dish.

Mu shu pork had great wok hay flavor but they brought it out already in the four wrappers so the filling started to soften the skins and ruin their texture.

The dried chili chicken was exactly what I expected - small, almost popcorn like size pieces of chicken that were crispy and with a slightly spicy and tangy flavor and tons of dried red chilies.

The beef chow fun or beef with flat rice noodles was seriously over cooked but we actually liked the texture that was created on the bottom of some of the noodles which made them crunchy, but not hard. It was a nice contrast of textures as opposed to the normal beef chow fun where the noodles are all soft. It had a good amount of very tender fairly large flat slices of sautéed beef and plenty of well charred onion strips and some cabbage.

Service was absolutely excellent. Great refills on water, clearing of plates and asking if we wanted to order more dishes without being overbearing.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

The service was fine (maybe even a little too attentive), the range of items available was extremely good, the interior is nice enough, the taste would have been good if not for pretty much everything having just too much salt.....which was the main issue.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Thank Ron V
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I've ordered take out, dined in and ordered delivery. With delivery or takeout, they take forever (at least an hour twice). When dining in, they provide a sort of cabbage slaw which is a bit spicy (for my taste who usually cannot handle hot wings) which is absolutely delicious. I haven't much enjoyed their Chinese food nearly as much as their sushi which is what keeps me coming back. Over tried lots of their rolls, sushi and sashimi, all have been very good. Try it out!

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank Paola L
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Lao Sze Chuan is hiding in a strip-mall south of the Old Orchard Shopping Center, on the west side of the street, but, is well worth searching out for. They have ample free parking off street/in front of the establishment. The menu [which can be viewed on line] is... vast and Szechuanese/Hunanese cuisine is well featured {as are some milder options, including Japanese dishes}. They offer luncheon specials, at modest prices, and a massive 'all day' [and evening] menu.
We dined on an offering {served immediately upon being seated and as a complimentary dish} of chilled, shredded-cabbage with hot pepper-oil, followed by beef-pot-stickers - fried, orange-beef-tenderloin {spicy/'hot', but reasonably so and hardly over the top - for a 洋鬼子 Yángguǐzi / 白幽灵 Bái yōulíng / or gwai lo 鬼佬, as well as hot and sour soup [rather mild, really] and white-rice; along with black-tea. The meal was thoroughly satisfying, though - perhaps, an over abundance of food for lunch. The server's dialects can be rather... heavy/thick, but - then, my command of Asian languages is no match for theirs of English; so, be patient and seek reaffirmation / confirmation of your order. Among the servers who attended to our table 'Susan' was particularly attentive and thoughtful; though we had numerous servers seeing to our water-glasses, clearing, serving and making our meal a most pleasant one.
In short: highly recommended.
I'd have given Lao Sze Chaun five stars but for the acoustics - which are rather poor, what with a hard-ceiling, walls and floor. Be prepared to speak-up at peak dinning times, but, this should hardly put you off enjoying the culinary experience.

Date of visit: March 2017
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5  Thank SavyTraveling
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