4534 W Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745
I recently moved from North Austin to South Austin to cut down my working commute from 2 hours a day to a whopping 30 minutes a day with traffic. I read somewhere that an easy happiness boost is to cut down your work commute. So far I find this to be true. I’ve gained back an hour and a half of my life every working day!
There are a few things I still mourn from being in North Austin. I miss having a casual drop-by-whenever-we-want relationship with my North Austin girlfriends. I miss the condo I was renting from my friend and how safe it felt to walk in the dead of the night with Bob the Dog. And finally, I miss the Asian food scene in North Austin. If there’s an area in Austin that ranks supreme for authentic Asian food and grocery stores, it is North Austin.
I was driving around my new neighborhood recently when I realized I was less than 10 minutes away from the newly open Sichuan River and was jolted with happy memories of my induction into an informal Asian Supper Club with some of my favorite food friends. I somehow weaseled myself into this charming circle of people who meet occasionally over Asian food and invited myself to their last outing, which happened to be in South Austin at Sichuan River.
This was a lovely gem to open in South Austin. Located in an unassuming strip mall, Sichuan River makes up for its lack of ambience and decor with authentic, tasty and inexpensive food. We ordered garlic eggplant, mapo tofu, green beans, egg foo young, sizzling Sichuan lamb and Dan Dan noodles. The bill came to be less than 15 dollars split between six people with everyone stuffed to the brim and we still had some leftovers! Everything we shared family style was eaten merrily.
The popular favorites among our dining group were the really spicy sizzling Sichuan lamb and the egg foo young. Not surprising with my obsession for noodles, I could easily order the Dan Dan noodles every time I come to Sichuan River. I suspect I’ll be coming here more frequently now that it’s only a hop and a skip away!
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