July 8, 2017

Madam Zhu’s Kitchen, Shanghai…an absolute gem

Across its many regions China encompasses so many different cuisines that lumping them all together under one banner is akin to talking about ‘European food’. Madam Zhu’s Kitchen specializes in Sichuan and Shanghainese cuisines.

Make sure you sample Specialty: No1. Madam Zhu’s Peking Duck. Immaculately carved at the table by gloved cooks, it is worth it. Both the meat and the skin were excellent. The pancakes were wonders—light, delicate, strong. If you’re looking for Sichuan Province’s famous ‘hot and numbing’ dishes, this is the place to come. The gritty fried shrimp balls with chilli and pepper really is lip-tinglingly good. True to Sichuanese form, red is present in this dish –  in lashings of sliced or whole chillies. It made my scalp sweat. Boom.

The food comes quickly, the food is excellent, and the food is not very expensive. It is a busy restaurant, yet it feels intimate. Right now Madam Zhu’s Kitchen is an absolute gem, a true collector’s piece. I just hope it stays that way. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 7, 2015

Sichuan House, Hong Kong…more than fiery bordering on incendiary

Everybody takes spice differently, but personally, I would characterized Sichuan cuisine as little more than fiery bordering on incendiary. If you think that’s bad, here at Sichuan House, the spice scale that has a range from one to ten for people to understand the heat index…..the folks in the kitchen turned the ma-la-meter up to 12.

Writing this with scorched taste buds, all I can remember of the dinner was the chili heat and the numbing taste of the very dry chili prawn. You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn’t feel a damn thing. Everything else were similarly fiendishly hot and spicy. I farted and four colleagues behind me needed paramedics.

I’m not sure what I am supposed to taste besides pain. At least during the autopsy they’ll know what killed me. Not a fan. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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