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  • Post #31 - November 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm
    Post #31 - November 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm Post #31 - November 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm
    botd wrote:The gong bao chicken here is definitely of the tang cu (literally sugar vinegar) sweet and sour camp. But this is actually the authentic version of the dish. The use of doubanjiang seems to be a mostly American invention that skews it more toward a yu xiang style. I really like JMC's version but sugar + zhenjiang vinegar is one of my favorite flavors and the peanuts at JMC are usually divine.


    That's good to know. A few years ago I had it in Chengdu and it was great. Definitely different tasting than what I'd normally had anywhere in America. Good to know JMC does it the more authentic way. Next time I'm in town I'll be sure to go there and try it.
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  • Post #32 - November 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am
    Post #32 - November 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am Post #32 - November 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am
    Wanting to try a new LUNCH SPECIAL place for a change-
    we went to Szechwan JMC-
    and had a fantastic meal- for $8.95 each.....(excluding these unctuous Wonton in Chili Sauce,
    ImageSzechuanJMC Chinese Kitchen- Wontons in Chile Oil Sauce 8 pc.@ $6.95 by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    There are 10 items listed on the Monday through Friday Lunch Special menu-
    and I totally enjoyed L10- a Pork Belly stir-fried-Rice with chunks of Scallion and
    black bean and chilies and amazing-"flavor" :)
    I'd love to show you how it looked before I ate it-
    but- you'll just have to believe me.
    Double-Cooked Pork Fired Rice- (w/ a Chili next to it!)
    further advancing my ethnic-diner menu theory- being.
    the most vague and ambiguous the name of the dish- often's
    the best one to order.

    This is what my dining companion had- who was having a great chat with her brother- and therefore wasn't as excited to eat her dish- as I was.....
    ImageMy newest favorite LUNCH-SPECIAL served at Szechwan JMC by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    That would be Lunch Special L05

    The soup- that is supplied- an Egg Drop Soup- is amazingly tasty- the seaweed slimes onto my chin occasionally making for a not-so-pretty-picture...... but the temperatures smokin' hot- and the flavor of the broth is very rich.
    When asked for Spicy Mustard- that face-that is expressing-"No-Understand-Mr.-Round-Eyes"- indicated that is not a condiment that they offer- but- was pointed to the stainless jar of Chili Oil- as a Plan-B-option.
    I politely declined that addition to my rather-non-descript-Egg-Roll.

    Don't miss this Lunch Special.
    We also tasted (and enjoyed) The Mapo Tofu-
    which I liked-
    much better that the one I usually enjoy at Northern City on 31st Street.
  • Post #33 - December 11th, 2019, 11:05 am
    Post #33 - December 11th, 2019, 11:05 am Post #33 - December 11th, 2019, 11:05 am
    L10-Lunch Special- Double Cooked Pork with Fried Rice.

    ImageJMC Szechuan Lunch Special- Double Cooked Fried Rice + Egg Roll + Egg Drop Soup by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    Yum
    (+)
    Yummmm
    (=)
    Double-Yumm!
  • Post #34 - January 10th, 2020, 12:36 am
    Post #34 - January 10th, 2020, 12:36 am Post #34 - January 10th, 2020, 12:36 am
    Had dinner earlier this week with some first-timers. The one dish we ordered that was new to me (and not already pictured upthread) was . . .

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    Dongbo Style Braised Pork (S 10)

    Despite its appearance, this tender, unctuous belly dish was not sweet. It packed a savory umami punch, provided in part by some fermented black beans and a touch of Szechwan peppercorn.

    Overall, our meal was very enjoyable. The others really dug it, and so did I but I couldn't help feeling like it was kind of an off night -- still good but not quite at the level of some of the lunches I've had there. It was on the late side and maybe they were, understandably, gassed. I brought some sour beer, which paired well but the metal cups we were given really brought out some odd, unpleasant notes in the beer. I would have greatly preferred glass, or even plastic. I tried to communicate that but was unsuccessful.

    In any case, I'll definitely be back soon, probably for lunch, when I've had better experiences and byo will likely not be part of the equation. At a table near us, they ordered what appeared to be a dry chili chicken dish that was combined with crinkle-cut french fries. Damn, it looked good. However, looking at the menu, I can't seem to figure out exactly what it was. Anyone know?

    Lastly, as for the 10% cash discount, best to request it. Nothing on our bill indicated the discount but once we asked, our server re-printed the bill with the discounted total. I'm not sure if we'd paid the initial bill with cash, we would have been given the discount.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #35 - January 10th, 2020, 3:28 am
    Post #35 - January 10th, 2020, 3:28 am Post #35 - January 10th, 2020, 3:28 am
    kuhdo wrote:Chong Quing popcorn chicken( with fries mixed in)

    ronnie_suburban wrote:At a table near us, they ordered what appeared to be a dry chili chicken dish that was combined with crinkle-cut french fries. Damn, it looked good. However, looking at the menu, I can't seem to figure out exactly what it was. Anyone know?

    Was it the dish mentioned first post of the thread by two-lunch kuhdo.
    Hold my beer . . .

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  • Post #36 - January 10th, 2020, 7:30 am
    Post #36 - January 10th, 2020, 7:30 am Post #36 - January 10th, 2020, 7:30 am
    If you are looking for a braised pork belly dish I think the sichuan braised pork is amazing at JMC. Very well cooked and the sauce is not just sweet soy but has a bit of red fermented bean curd and comes mixed with a heaping amount of jalapeno slices.
  • Post #37 - January 10th, 2020, 10:58 am
    Post #37 - January 10th, 2020, 10:58 am Post #37 - January 10th, 2020, 10:58 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    kuhdo wrote:Chong Quing popcorn chicken( with fries mixed in)

    ronnie_suburban wrote:At a table near us, they ordered what appeared to be a dry chili chicken dish that was combined with crinkle-cut french fries. Damn, it looked good. However, looking at the menu, I can't seem to figure out exactly what it was. Anyone know?

    Was it the dish mentioned first post of the thread by two-lunch kuhdo.

    Yep, that's it. Thank you! It's menu item S12 and appears in the Chef's Specials section of the (printed) menu.

    botd wrote:If you are looking for a braised pork belly dish I think the sichuan braised pork is amazing at JMC. Very well cooked and the sauce is not just sweet soy but has a bit of red fermented bean curd and comes mixed with a heaping amount of jalapeno slices.

    Excellent - thanks, for the tip. Looks like my next JMC meal is already taking shape.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #38 - January 11th, 2020, 12:03 am
    Post #38 - January 11th, 2020, 12:03 am Post #38 - January 11th, 2020, 12:03 am
    That’s the one!
    Lacking fins or tail
    The Gefilte fish
    swims with great difficulty.

    Jewish haiku.
  • Post #39 - January 30th, 2020, 7:37 am
    Post #39 - January 30th, 2020, 7:37 am Post #39 - January 30th, 2020, 7:37 am
    botd
    NOVEMBER 20TH, 2019, 4:00 PM
    The gong bao chicken here is definitely of the tang cu (literally sugar vinegar) sweet and sour camp. But this is actually the authentic version of the dish. The use of doubanjiang seems to be a mostly American invention that skews it more toward a yu xiang style. I really like JMC's version but sugar + zhenjiang vinegar is one of my favorite flavors and the peanuts at JMC are usually divine.


    Stopped in for the lunch special yesterday- and never had the Kung Pao Chicken-
    as it's a dish I generally avoid,
    because it's typically too sweet of a dish for my taste.

    This one was good-also slightly sweet- but I did note the vinegar which "botd" had referenced.

    ImageKung Pao Chicken Lunch Special > Szechwan JMC > Chinatown/Chicago $8.99 by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    Overall- a consistently, well-balanced bowl-of-yum- offering an affordable Lunch Special in what's become of my new "standard-rotation" spots.
  • Post #40 - March 14th, 2020, 9:51 pm
    Post #40 - March 14th, 2020, 9:51 pm Post #40 - March 14th, 2020, 9:51 pm
    It wasn't quite a ghost town but Chinatown was notably empty for a Friday night. In fact, and not surprisingly, at just before 9, we pulled right up to a parking place directly in front of JMC and strolled right in. And the rest of that block of Cermak was fairly wide open. JMC wasn't empty, but there was just one other party -- non-Chinese regulars -- dining in, and a few carry-outs during our time there. Food and service were great, as usual. We ordered a few of our favorites and a few dishes we'd never had before. Since item numbers seem to vary between the printed menus and the menus at JMC's website, I'm not going to bother trying to list them here since it might just lead to confusion . . .

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    Ox Tendon & Maw in Chili Sauce
    Probably my favorite take on one of my very favorite dishes. I'm likely to order this one every time I go.

    Image
    Chong Qing Popcorn Chicken
    Finally had the dish kuhdo described in the opening post! It was every bit as great as it looks and sounds. Crispy mini-nuggets of fried chicken and ultra-crispy, crinkle-cut fries, all fried in a fiery, dry-chili-fueled oil. What's not to love?

    Image
    Cucumber With Tofu Skin
    I enjoyed some aspects of this dish but in the end it was just too salty for me.

    Image
    West Lake Beef Soup
    A great, elemental soup that I'd never had before. Basically, a rich and flavorful, gelatinous egg-drop soup with ground beef in it. Really tasty.

    Image
    Hot & Spicy Shrimp
    Head-on, perfectly fried and damned spicy. Another winner.

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    House Special Lamb Ribs
    Very good but not as enjoyable as during previous visits. I loved the cumin-y flavor, but the ribs' exteriors were a little soft and the pieces were so small they felt more like pieces than ribs.

    Overall, another really enjoyable meal at Szechwan JMC.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #41 - April 10th, 2020, 2:42 pm
    Post #41 - April 10th, 2020, 2:42 pm Post #41 - April 10th, 2020, 2:42 pm
    Really saddened to report-that for the time of COVID-19-
    JMC Szechuan appears to be closed.
    Stopped by this afternoon to order some Take-Away Food-
    after calling and not getting anyone to pickup.
    No special sign (in English, at least....there were two other signs in Chinese Characters) announcing their closure- no chairs around the Tables, and
    one dish-rag, left in haste
    sitting atop a 4-Top looking
    quite lonely, forlorn and abandoned.
    :cry:
  • Post #42 - May 8th, 2020, 5:39 pm
    Post #42 - May 8th, 2020, 5:39 pm Post #42 - May 8th, 2020, 5:39 pm
    JMC is back open for carry-out (I don't know their delivery situation). I just called to check on them once I saw MCCB had posted they reopened 5/5 on their website and Chengdu Impression said they'd be opening next week (date TBD) on theirs. JMC hadn't used their website to communicate regarding the shutdown, so phone was the only option.

    I know Hombre and I are pleased about this.
  • Post #43 - May 8th, 2020, 6:40 pm
    Post #43 - May 8th, 2020, 6:40 pm Post #43 - May 8th, 2020, 6:40 pm
    You're absolutely RIGHT- I would find this as "good News"-
    JMC is back open for carry-out
    -
    Thanks for alerting me/us!
  • Post #44 - August 28th, 2020, 11:03 am
    Post #44 - August 28th, 2020, 11:03 am Post #44 - August 28th, 2020, 11:03 am
    Szechuan JMC pick up a few nights ago. Busy as a Politian with a pen, mix of food delivery drivers, youthful Asians in SUVs, food centric fellows such as myself and a weird vibe on the street, older no mask women pushing oxygen strollers, shirtless street people, the Can I have a Quarter crowd was well represented. Not much in the way of normal pre-pandemic foot traffic in evidence. Food was terrific, and survived the 20-minute drive well. Tip top Mapo Tofu, hitting the MaLa highlights, one of the best cold Szechuan ox tendon maw in the city, well packed, generous portions, reasonable pricing.

    The only fail, a solid fail, grease-soaked scallion pancake. The bride was otherwise occupied, I over ordered for one, leftovers lunch the next day, with a little leftover for a snack. Note: Scallion pancake appears tasty, looks can be deceiving.

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    Warning: Image less delicious than appears.
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    JMC Szechuan, count me a Fan!
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #45 - August 28th, 2020, 11:25 am
    Post #45 - August 28th, 2020, 11:25 am Post #45 - August 28th, 2020, 11:25 am
    Gary-
    Tip top Mapo Tofu, hitting the MaLa highlights

    I'll 2nd-That-Emotion
    as the song title goes.....
    There's an undeniable pillowey, tenderness to the Tofu.
    Also -
    if you feel that being Plant-based is overrated :lol: ask for "$2.00 dollar-Pork added please" for an extra indulgence.
    Last edited by Hombre de Acero on August 28th, 2020, 3:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #46 - August 28th, 2020, 12:44 pm
    Post #46 - August 28th, 2020, 12:44 pm Post #46 - August 28th, 2020, 12:44 pm
    I picked up just under 2 weeks ago, and it was great per usual. I don't know how anybody who likes Dan Dan can pass on them when ordering from JMC. Even if the noodles aren't coated in sauce when packaged (pretty standard for carry-out Dan Dan, to be honest), the flavor and amount of pork is so good I'm willing to work extra to spread it around once home.

    Ox tendon and maw, fabulous, as stated. They comped me scallion pancakes because they mistakenly entered that instead of pot stickers when taking the order over the phone (pot stickers only took a 3-4 minute wait, and continue to be great). They're definitely oily, but after patting it down, I like putting the maw and other warm spicy sauced proteins on it, using it sort of like naan.

    Chef's Special Stir-fried Lamb spicy and brightened by fresh cilantro. Finding a go-to fish dish my main priority with JMC at this point. My old original print menu is a tease, because they really trimmed down more than it would seem.
  • Post #47 - August 29th, 2020, 7:22 am
    Post #47 - August 29th, 2020, 7:22 am Post #47 - August 29th, 2020, 7:22 am
    Hombre de Acero wrote:ask for "$2.00 dollar-Pork added please" for an extra indulgence.

    Man of Steel, pork, of course pork! :) I asked the lady taking my order if there was pork in the mapo, she said Yes, or was it Sí, maybe 是. Either way I did not specify $2 though there was adequate pork and, as discussed, JMC's mapo is delicious.

    bweiny wrote:They comped me scallion pancakes because they mistakenly entered that instead of pot stickers when taking the order over the phone (pot stickers only took a 3-4 minute wait, and continue to be great). They're definitely oily, but after patting it down

    This particular batch of scallion pancakes was past blotting down, completely infused with oil, I squeezed one pancake and had enough oil to fry 4 whole chickens*.

    Yes, I know, JMC's DanDan is wonderful, even a gourmand such as myself can only order so much for one. :)

    *slight exaggeration.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow

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