WESTWOOD, Calif. — If you have a hankerin for some Chinese food, the First Szechuan Wok has a large menu, good portions and attentive wait staff.
The appetizers were especially good. The pork dumplings (6 for $5.95) were fresh and available pan-fried or steamed. They also have chicken dumplings, but ran out on the day we visited. Also try the cold noodles with sauce ($4.95) as a tasty snack.
The General Tso chicken ($9.95) was good, but different than our party expected being from the East Coast.
I had the kung pao chicken ($8.25), which is spicy chicken stir-fried with vegetables and peanuts. It was quite good but not really that spicy.
Finally, the sweet and sour chicken ($8.25) was excellent and much fresher than we’ve seen at chain restaurants. It was the best dish we ordered and would highly recommend it.
The steamed rice comes in a communal bowl — you get one bowl even if you all order rice — but don’t worry because you can refill it for free.
We received an orange and fortune cookie for dessert. The fortune cookie was a lot more “cookie-like” than we’re used to at other restaurants. Very tasty though.
We’re talking about pretty good Chinese food that’s a little pricey but very fresh. A good choice in Westwood Village.