China Family is one of our favorite spots in town for Sichuan food, with everything from chongqing spicy chicken and dan dan noodles, to their dry-fried green beans that we can never seem to get enough of. And if you don’t feel like numbing your mouth with some Sichuan peppercorn-rich dishes, they also have things like beef with broccoli and pork fried rice. But we usually find ourselves ordering the mapo tofu here. The tofu is soft and silky, and the ground pork adds just enough rich and savory texture to remind you that it’s hiding somewhere in there. The portions here are generous - something we especially love with a dish like mapo tofu that tastes even better the next day. They have two locations in Austin - one in the Highland neighborhood and another near campus.
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