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Lunch Under $10 at Little Szechuan in Tempe

Everyone knows there are a few hot spots for good Chinese in the Valley, but we know a secret. It's kind of shocking walking into Little Szechuan time and time again to an empty room. Somehow having great prices, authentic eats and an ideal location just isn't enough to pack the house.

With their lunch menu full of $5 to $6 options all walking distance from ASU's Tempe campus, it's hard to believe this place hasn't caught on. Don't always follow the crowd--instead, try Little Szechuan for yourself and see how you feel.

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Find out what our favorite lunch option is from Little Szechuan after the jump.

While there's all of the great spicy, sweet and saucy meat, veggies and rice combos you've grown to know and love of Szechuan cuisine, our very favorite menu item here is the moo shu pork. The pork and veggie stir-fry is rolled up in a Chinese pancake and served with plum sauce--kind of like the Asian answer to a carnitas burro--therefore, it's not only tasty, but handheld for quick munching if you're strapped for time.

Two of those bad boys come with your choice of steamed or fried rice, but don't be fooled, the fried version doesn't come with any egg or veg, it's just prepped with more oil. It also comes with two fried wontons and your choice of soup all for only $5.50. We love wonton soup so we opted for a $1.50 additional charge to make that our soup choice. Our lunch plus a pot of jasmine tea all amounted to an impressive $8.74.

Little Szechuan always satisfies our grumbly tummies, often giving us some extra for the road, and we still don't know why no one goes here. The lamest part about Little Szechuan being empty is how full Panda Express is about half of a mile down the road. Seriously, do yourself a favor next lunchtime and go here instead for cheaper, tastier Chinese cuisine.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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