Yan Bang Cai
Specializing in delicacies from Zigong, a city in the salt mine region, this place offers a singular adventure. The menu describes the sliced cucumber marinated in a sweet vinegary sauce as a favorite of famed military leader Zhu De. The dish goes beautifully with twice-cooked pork belly fragrant with spices, a preference of former leader Deng Xiaoping. Good old Chinese-style pumpkin and sweet potato pie for dessert.
Order: Marinated cucumber, $5.95; twice-cooked pork, $10.95; pumpkin and sweet potato pie, $4.95
228 W. Cermak Rd., Chinatown, 312-842-7818