At some point, every country builds a Great Wall to keep the secret of its cuisine from spreading to foreign nations, only to find that the real wall is around its heart. Open wide for this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Hunan-Style Chinese Food
The menu of traditional Chinese fare expands palates with entrees such as sour-and-spicy lamb cooked in a hot pot ($18.95), tea-tree mushrooms in a casserole with pork ($16.95) and sea clam in black-bean sauce ($14.95)
As one of China's eight regional cuisines, Hunan fare culls its flavors from a rich tradition of slow-cooking methods that includes pot-roasting, braising, stewing, smoking, and pickling. Chefs enhance authentic proteins—ranging from frog and squid to offal—with sour and spicy ingredients such as pickles, sea cucumbers, and chilies. These exotic morsels share menu space with more familiar fare including crispy duck, braised pork, and steamed dumplings. The restaurant also conveniently separates their bill of fare into two distinct categories—American cuisine—to help adventurous and cautious foodies alike select palatable plates. Throughout the space, glowing orbs cast warm light on vibrant crimson walls, rustic Chinese tapestries, intricate carvings, and Tang-dynasty poems praising the Emperor's favorite sitcoms.