Photos: Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine

This week's review took me out to Aurora to experience the Szechuan cooking of Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine, a restaurant that opened last year after Liu Zeng Qun left Imperial Chinese Restaurant to do his own thing. In addition to a meal, I got a primer from one of the restaurant's staff members, who described the intricacies of the region's cuisine while I ate.

Feast your eyes on the highlights of his lesson.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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