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Alvin Garden – Hunan Heat

To be honest, I’ve never heard of Hunan cuisine before.  It might be that there’s a bigger proportion of Szechuan restaurants in Vancouver or that I’ve just never taken the time to look for Hunan restaurants.  Hunan cuisine tends to be spicier than Szechuan by pure chili content and also tends to use more smoked and cured meats in their dishes.  I’ve attempted to try Alvin Garden in the past but things didn’t work out.  Apparently, even though their take out menu says they are open from 11:30am to 9pm, they close midday (I think I might have woken them up when I called at 4:30pm). Read the rest of this entry