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Lao Hunan

Hunan Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, Chicago
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7.2/10
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  • Chicago magazine
    "Jade tofu and Hunan-style crispy eggplant thrill the..."(3 Tips)
    Gloria C.
    "fried Dry Chili Fish Filet"(2 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "Ground Pork with Sour Pickle: Meaty and filling, there is also an..."(2 Tips)
    ISC C.
    "Tasty spicy food, more than what I expected from a Lao restaurant"(10 Tips)
26 Tips and reviews
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  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 30, 2013
    "The best thing on the menu at this BYOB Chinatown restaurant is, hands down, the dry chili fish filet. It’s insanely good. So are the green beans. Dine in to make a date of the whole experience."
  • John H.
    John HildebrandJanuary 22, 2012
    Regular customer here but new to foursquare (and future mayor of this place). Mao's pork belly is a must. Make the basil eggplant your vegetable (forget everything you think you know about eggplant).
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 10, 2012
    Jade tofu and Hunan-style crispy eggplant thrill the chili-pepper set, pea pod leaves target the garlic addicted. You don't have to order Lucky Braised Pig Hand unless you want to. Your call.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 21, 2012
    This is intense food, spicy and oily and built around pork and chicken. “Home fed chicken" is hung for two days to dry age before it’s lightly smoked over a wok filled with dry rice and spices. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 17, 2012
    This is intense food, spicy and oily and built around pork and chicken. “Home fed chicken” is hung for two days to dry age before it’s lightly smoked over a wok filled with dry rice and spices. Read more
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Whatever you do, get the dry chili fish. One of the best things I've ate this year, and I'm not even a huge fish fan. A lot of spicy and sour flavors here, heads up.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the Home-fed chicken Xiang Xi–style from our 100 Best list: We don’t care about the misleading translation when the result is one of Hu’s best signatures.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    Ground Pork with Sour Pickle: Meaty and filling, there is also an unmistakable funk that never gets old.
  • Alice
    AliceJune 27, 2013
    Amazing if you like spicy, salty, oily food. The Hunan-style chili in black bean sauce was especially good.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 17, 2013
    Tony Hu's Lao Hunan is an ode to Hunanese cuisine in all its spicy, funky, pickled glory.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoJune 24, 2013
    It all begins from here, it all ends from here. Probably the best Sichuan cuisine in Chinatown here.
  • Bill E.
    Bill EpckeMarch 17, 2013
    Even if veggies are not your fave, get the Jade Tofu, terrific (coming from a carnivore)
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoOctober 6, 2014
    Great food and service. Appetizer: Jade Tofu ir Country Style Chicken. 411. pork belly
  • Eric
    EricApril 16, 2014
    Get it spicy! The mild is quite mild and the chicken needs the extra kick.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    Tai Gan Hunan Style, Ground Pork with Sour Pickle, fried Dry Chili Fish Filet
  • Tall Dave
    Tall DaveAugust 9, 2014
    Spicy Chicken in hot wok has lots of flavor + a fair amount of kick.
  • justin f.
    justin f.February 5, 2012
    The dry chili fish fillet is transcendent. Highly recommended!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoDecember 31, 2012
    Tasty spicy food, more than what I expected from a Lao restaurant
  • Jason P.
    Jason P.April 4, 2012
    Credit and debit cards are accepted, but make sure your purchase is at least $20.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoOctober 11, 2014
    Couldn't get any worse. Used to be good, disappointed foods and service.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauNovember 27, 2011
    Pretty spicy - liberal use of chili oil and chili peppers
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HartMarch 2, 2012
    Go for the hot and sour soup!!
  • Stephon G.
    Stephon GilderMarch 17, 2015
    Great food, great atmosphere
  • Alfred K.
    Alfred KoMarch 31, 2012
    Chocolate fortune cookies!
  • Shane G.
    Shane GarciaNovember 30, 2015
    It's a different restaurant.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HartNovember 6, 2011
    Whattup with the junfu?!
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