|Guanghua Beef Restaurant
|11am - 2:30pm; 5pm - 9pm |
|55-14, Guanghuacun St.|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
Guanghua Village, just south of the Finance and Economics University, is usually a great place to be hungry. Like most university neighborhoods, there are lots of snack stands and small home-style restaurants where you can eat a lot for a little money. We sometimes have a hard time finding places that serve up good portions for a reasonable price, and can deliver on flavor too, but Guanghua Beef is one place where all the bases are covered.
We went to try it on a rainy day and it felt just right. The first thing we noticed when we got there was the steamer covered in small baskets outside their door. This is a sign that their steamed spicy beef in rice meal (粉蒸牛肉) is a specialty, and we liked their version a lot. We ordered the beef in soft tofu (牛肉豆花), a dish that seemed to be on every table, and found that the dish's popularity is well deserved. It was mildly spicy, but the beef flavor really came through. We loved the crispy sanzi on top. We also tried to sample a few of the many potato dishes on the menu, starting with an order of mashed potatoes (土豆泥), which were not bad. We saw another intriguing dish on a neighboring table and asked for it. The beef and potato cakes (牛肉土豆饼) were oversized fritters made from coarsely shredded potatoes mixed with beef and other odds and ends. The large cakes came with a sweet and sour sauce for dipping. They tasted okay piping hot, but got a bit stodgy once they cooled off. The soup was seaweed and egg flower, which was nice and comforting.
We liked the interior, with tables on two levels, and were well taken care of by the staff, though we often had to flag someone down when we needed something. The restaurant is a solid neighborhood place where a group of friends could come to eat for less than 20RMB/person. Park at Ren Ren Le or the university’s south lot.