Big Ma­ma’s Home-Cooked Sichuan (Pang Ma Si Chu 胖妈私厨)

Don’t be con­fused by the “Kapok” lo­go on the glass or the ad­ver­tise­ments for West­ern dish­es on the out­side of the restau­ran­t’s en­trance, which is set in a few steps from the street: this is ac­tu­al­ly a cre­ative Sichuan-in­flu­enced fu­sion noo­dle house, run by a na­tive Ku­lang­su woman who loves to smile. Her spicy pork noo­dles are outstanding.

Big Mama's Home-Cooked Sichuan (Pang Ma Si Chu 胖妈私厨)

The at­mos­phere is spiffed up to match the tastes of up­scale mod­ern trav­el­ers, with Mon­dri­an-ish brown and beige blocks of col­or. Still, the place is still small and re­tains a homey, ca­su­al feel. There’s a wide va­ri­ety of Chi­nese and West­ern dish­es on of­fer, in­clud­ing steaks, piz­zas, and pas­tas, plus some Sichuan noo­dle dishes.

A peace­ful and ex­pan­sive gar­den, shad­ed by trees, ex­tends the din­ing or hang­ing-out ex­pe­ri­ence in­to a large pa­tio area.Big Mama's Home-Cooked Sichuan (Pang Ma Si Chu 胖妈私厨)

The wine and whiskey list is al­so re­spectable, and hours ex­tend un­til 10:30pm. This is a re­li­able lo­cal stand­by with a dis­tinct­ly in­ter­na­tion­al feel.

Ad­dress: 46 Fu­jian Road, Gu­langyu Is­land, Sim­ing Dis­trict, Xi­a­men City, China