The dishes are authentically flavored, wonderfully spicy, and cooked with fresh ingredients. The Ma Po Doufu is a lusty temple to the gods of chile and mala: superb and perfect on a nippy day, delightfully sweat-inducing on a hot day.
Newly expanded, Asia Cafe brings it with the best and most authentic Chinese food in town. Unadulterated Sichuan cuisine is well worth the drive from anywhere.
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #115, 512/331-5788
Let's put it this way: Red chili won ton bathed in peanut sauce; grilled lamb skewers; green onion crepes; 14 options for wok-fried noodles. Hot pots to share are $6 each, try the tomato variety first.
2700 Anderson, #212, 512/336-8888
You'll find knife-cut noodles on this eight-item menu, as well as leek or onion pies. The wonton soup is loaded with minced pork and garlic wontons.
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #127, 512/336-8888