Spicy Diced Chicken with Hot Chilies
Hunan cuisine is hugely overshadowed, in NY at least, by the flashier and more aggressive Szechuan style. New Yorkers have lots of choices for Szechuan restaurants, sometimes even several from the same chain, but Hunan Manor in Midtown East, as far as I know, is the place to go for authentic Hunan food in Manhattan--and it's a good one.
Chairman Mao's Braised Pork
What a relief that not every thing was swimming in a pool of chili oil! But the food can still be fiercely spicy. With the Szechuan pepper corn mostly absent, the numbing factor is out. While I think I'm addicted to that numbing sensation, can't say that I missed it here.
All three entrees were terrific--the diced chicken was crunchy and sweat-inducing, the braised pork was expectantly tender and sweet, and the pot of pork intestine sounds gross but was meaty and chewy in an almost perversely good way.