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Chinese Restaurant in Page, Arizona

You’ll find several hot and spicy Szechuan specialties as well as traditional Mandarin Chinese food at the Mandarin Gourmet in Page, Arizona. Located just off of Highway 89 on South Lake Powell Blvd, this restaurant has become a popular stop for visitors en route from the Grand Canyon to Zion National Park. Marked with chili icons to indicate the degree of ‘hotness,’ many Szechuan favorites are featured; including General Chow Chicken, Szechuan Scallop and Shrimp, and Kung Pao Szechuan.

Kung pao chicken

Today chili peppers are an indispensable feature of Chinese cuisine along with peppercorn, bean paste and garlic — giving Szechuan food it’s intense flavors. Of course, hot and spicy food is treasured throughout the Southwest, where green and red chili sauces are household items. It’s no wonder that South Westerners also like their Chinese food piquante (Spanish for hot and spicy). Red chili sauce is also a must on top of fry bread and beans — a staple in Navajo and Apache cultures.

9605671-woman-eating-chinese-food-with-chopsticksIt is unclear precisely how chili peppers were introduced to Szechuan, a mountain strewn region in western China. Indian missionaries could have brought chilies with them during their travels along China’s famous Silk Route, or they could have been brought in by Chinese merchants trading with Portuguese and Spanish sailors at various seaports.

If you are tasting Szechuan food for the first time, let me give you a simple hint: drinking water does not make the hotness go away. Eat rice instead – it absorbs the hot chili oil. Or try some Tsing Tao or Kirin Beer. Cold Coca-Cola and milk also known to sooth the hot and spicy sensation.

If you can’t tolerate hot and spicy, there are many delicious Cantonese Chinese entres on the menu — from Chow Mein to Beef with Broccoli. For real comfort food without the hot and spicy, try their Moo Shu choices and wrap your shredded veggies and meat (or tofu) in soft, warm potato pancakes. Enjoy.