On the search for the best dumplings in Connecticut brings us to Sichuan Pepper in Vernon.

Kung pao chicken

This classic Sichuan dish is just weird.

The celery is very odd, and make an off contract with its crispness and the mushy chicken.

Overall, this is an odd flavor combination, not the best.

The Rating: Kung Pao Chicken


Dan Dan Noodles

Hot damn.

This is spicy.

There really isn’t much pork, which is too bad.

And there is too much 5-spice powder. It makes the dish almost powdery.

The spice flavor is great, but the whole flavor is off.

The Rating: Dan Dan Noodles


Pork with Garlic Sauce

Another Sichuan dish, this one is mishandles.

Overall it is very, very sweet.

Like almost a dessert level of sweetness.

The light heat from the chili oil helps, but the sweetness is just too odd.

The Rating: Pork with Garlic Sauce


Wontons in Spicy Oil


These are very good. The balance here between the random sweetness and heat of chili oil is just right.

They are very tasty wontons, full of umami goodness.

The Rating: Wonton in Spicy Oil


Sichuan Pepper

Address: 435 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday 11a, to 9:30pm