Best Authentic Chinese

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718 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, (410) 788-8988,

Hunan cooking is known for being spicier and more elaborate than in other areas of China. Hunan Taste has lots of classic Xiang River-area specialties such as pumpkin pancake and lotus roots. This is the place for the adventurous eater. You can order a heap of spicy Chanzui frogs or a plate of spicy ox lung. Go with friends and get the hot pot to share. For those that are a bit more cautious or have a squeamish member of the party, there is always the Americanized menu to order from. But do yourself a favor and get a plate of crawfish when in season. The tiny, buttery crustaceans are a crowd-pleaser.

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