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The lunch specials at Shanghai 456 aren't that different than elsewhere in Chinatown, but they're much higher quality. I suspect the Eggplant in Garlic Sauce will become a new personal go-to while lunching in the area.
The "Sichuan" sauce at Shanghai 456 is hotter and cleaner than most, but the real thing to celebrate here is the fried fish itself: tender like a scallop with a fresh, clean flavor, and a thin, crisp crust that doesn't overwhelm.
Rice cakes are my comfort food. They are the best cure I know for a lonely heart, a disgruntled outlook on life. Because they remind me of my mother and of home, they remain one of the few noodle dishes I do not make for myself. I want someone else to make them for me, and while in some cities this might be an unreasonable desire, I figured I had a decent chance of finding just the right bowl of rice cakes in Chinatown.
Shreds of firm tofu more than held their own texture next to the shreds of tender beef. The spicy peppers, along with adding an extra bite, provided some crispness to an otherwise soft dish.