HUNT VALLEY SZECHUAN RESTAURANT 9 Schilling Road, Hunt Valley. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free delivery during certain hours to limited areas. Call 527-1818 or 527-1819.
If you like a little variety in your Asian food, you should try this northern Baltimore County restaurant. Chinese and Japanese cuisine is served daily for lunch or dinner in an attractive dining room, or you may order from the carryout menu. There are dozens of chicken, pork, beef, lamb and seafood dishes, plus a low-fat, low-sodium menu offering items cooked without oil or MSG.
I visited the restaurant recently with every intention of ordering my favorites, shrimp lo mein, ($4.45 or $6.95 for a larger serving) or perhaps chicken teriyaki, ($6.95 or $9.95). However, a friend suggested sushi. I hated to tell her that sushi and sushi bars have always intimidated me and that I don't care for raw fish.
Well, sushi is more than simply raw fish. The sake -- smoked salmon -- ($3) and unagi -- smoked eel -- ($4) were both good. My favorites were maki rolls. The Maryland roll was a delicious blend of crab meat, rice, roe and seaweed ($4.95). The California roll consisted primarily of avocado and crab meat ($3.95). (Maki sushi is technically rice rolled in seaweed with a variety of seafood and vegetables. Another common style of sushi is served open-faced, like a canape, with different toppings on the rice.)
You get two sushi rolls with each order and a nice supply of goodies such as thinly sliced ginger, soy sauce and tasty horseradish mustard. The sushi was a nice adventure for my rather staid taste buds.