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been hearing very good things about Sichuan Folk for a couple of years now and we finally made it down recently to see if it lived up to the hype – and happily it did. As you may have guessed the restaurant specialises in Chinese Sichuan cuisine, known for containing lots of chilli, Sichuan pepper and plenty of offal. The menu is pretty huge but we picked out a good selection of the most popular dishes all of which hit the spot. Smacked cucumber in hot garlic sauce is so simple but a must order from the starters as are the signature pork and veg dumplings which come in a nice pool of chilli oil.

Twice-cooked pork is one of the most famous dishes of Sichuan cooking and it’s done brilliantly here, thin slices of pork with vegetables and steamed buns to make your own little pork-filled parcels. We also had boiled beef slices in a spicy and lip-tingling sauce (that’ll be the Sichuan pepper) which did exactly what it says on the tin and was yet another winner. Sichuan Folk is cheap and cheerful and allows you to get a good authentic taste of the region’s food. With such a big range of dishes we can’t wait to get back there and try the rest of it.

32 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR