Szechuan Story

I was craving dumplings, so I did what probably everyone does and googled “best dumplings in OKC.” A few options popped up and Szechuan Story was one of those! It had a full menu with some delicious looking dishes. They were also one of the only menus that had soup dumplings, so I was instantly intrigued. Coming from Seattle, I had access to some of the best soup dumplings I have ever had, so my expectations were pretty high. This spot has limited seating, but they are pretty quick with serving so they can turn over tables quicker. It is a great little spot for lunch with coworkers, takeout, or when you don’t feel like cooking and want some bomb ass food. I think we also all know my love of Chinese food and Asian food in general and this spot absolutely nailed it. I loved that their menu featured some traditional dishes and some more americanized versions that we all know and love.

To start off, you already know I had to order a variety of dumplings. I grabbed the Soup Dumplings (which they call Little Juice Pork Buns), Pan Fried Dumplings, and Pork Dumplings in Chili Oil. My favorite was the Pork Dumplings in Chili Oil. They actually were not as spicy as I was anticipating and had a delicious, slightly sweet flavor. The dumplings were also incredible – the wrapper was super thin, which I loved and the pork was juicy and rich. I could eat these all day every day and if you are going to order dumplings, don’t skip these! Next up on my dumpling tour, are the Pan Fried Dumplings. They were good, very crispy on the outside with juicy pork inside. However, they were a bit oily, so I would give them a solid 7/10. And last up, their Soup Dumplings. Skip these. I am sorry, I want to love these but they tasted like the frozen or pre-packaged versions you can get in the store. The soup didn’t have much flavor and the wrapper/dumpling skin was super thick – much thicker than most handmade versions. They also seemed a bit tough on the outside and the pork had a kind of slimy outside. I also wish these came with really dumpling sauce – the soy + vinegar mixture and thinly sliced ginger. To be generous I would give them a 4/10 – and this is really only because I love Soup Dumplings.

I’ll make the next section short and sweet – I grabbed two of their signature dishes. Shredded Pork with Sweet Bean Sauce and ChongQing Spicy Chicken – both of these are on the more authentic side, so I was excited to try them. The Shredded Pork was so good – the pork was tender and the bean sauce was exceptional. It was served with warm, fluffy bao and thinly sliced green onions. 10/10 would order this over and over again – I also recommend taking some home for the next day and frying it with some leftover rice and eggs for breakfast. The Spicy Chicken was no joke – they loaded this dish full of szechuan peppers so it is not for the faint of heart. The chicken itself wasn’t super spicy, so you can pick around it, but proceed with caution. The chicken was flavorful and tender, and so moist and juicy. Another 10/10!

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