And speaking of vegetables, don't go home without trying a few. There are tender sautéed green beans, braised pea sprouts kissed with garlic, and a heady stir-fried mix of several varieties of soft and earthy mushrooms and crunchy vegetables in a delicate sauce that's just about as good as any mushroom dish can get. And even if you're not a fan of eggplant (and especially if you are), you should order the Yu Xiang eggplant, where smoky and silky pieces of the dark purple vegetable laze in a hot, sour, and slightly sweet sauce for a balance of flavors that's pretty much perfect.

Miu's feels like the kind of place that could be here one day and gone the next. From the outside, the muted-green windowless building with a narrow drive leading to a dirt parking lot and entrance in the back can be difficult to find. And the large room — painted bright white, made brighter by fluorescent lights, and furnished with banquet room-style tables and chairs and a few bits of Chinese décor — could have been put together inside of a few hours. Even an extra space on the way to the restroom, packed with boxes, a couch, and a karaoke machine, looks as if someone may be moving in — or out.

"We have great food but we're in a crappy place," Song says. "We're working on it."

At Miu's Cuisine, you'll find familiar and not-so-familiar dishes of Sichuan cuisine in abundance — but not in the goopy, generic way you may have had in the past.
Jackie Mercandetti
At Miu's Cuisine, you'll find familiar and not-so-familiar dishes of Sichuan cuisine in abundance — but not in the goopy, generic way you may have had in the past.

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Miu's Cuisine

2314 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Tempe

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Miu's Cuisine
2314 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe
480-966-3098
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Pork belly in garlic sauce: $6.95
Yu Xiang eggplant: $7.95
Kung Pao chicken: $8.95
Water-boiled fish fillet: $10.95

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The interior may be a work in progress but, like the food, the experience of Miu's is an authentic one. There isn't a fork to be found, no fortune cookies served with the bill, and zero chitchat from the servers. And on a packed night, its youthful vibe — promoted by the three partners who visit tables in T-shirts, jeans, and (occasionally) flip-flops, Chinese pop music coming over the speakers, and lively groups of backpack-wearing, 20-something Chinese patrons — feels particularly electric.

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