Delicious and Authentic Szechuan in the Suburbs? It’s possible!

Now, if you’re not familiar with Szechuan (or aka Sichuan) cuisine (四川菜), a quick overview is that the flavor is bold, and commonly spicy.  A popular style is called Mala (麻辣) and is basically a mixture of spicy and numbness (from the Chinese peppercorns added in Mala dishes).  If you’re interested in awesome Mala dishes, check out my visit to Old Sichuan’s Hot Pot restaurant in Taiwan here!

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叉燒: Cantonese Style BBQ

If you are a fan of Asian food, meat, and yummy food, and you haven’t tried Cantonese BBQ yet, go yelp up the closest one near you and take a visit!  This trip I had to Ming’s BBQ was pretty successful.  We ordered a platter “Special Side BBQ” with 3 types of meats (left to right of photo above):

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Dim Sum Yummy Dishes

Get it?  “THEM SOME YUMMY DISHES!?” Nevermind my lame puns.  Anyway, for those of you that are unfamiliar with Dim Sum, it’s similar to Tapas where you order a bunch of small dishes of food as a meal.  Except, when you go to a Dim Sum restaurant, there are actually people pushing cart-full of different foods around and they come by your table and ask if you’re interested in any of what they have.  If you are, you order it and they mark it on your tab.

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Old Sichuan’s Mala Hot Pot, Spicy and Numb!

Sichuan (四川), more commonly known as Szechuan in the Western world, is a province in China.  Mala is a very popular Szechuan sauce or style of food from there.  The direct translation of Mala actually describes the taste almost perfectly: Ma = Numb, La = Spicy.  (However, I said almost perfectly because it left out that the taste is what I describe as magical!)  The numbness actually comes from the Chinese peppercorn in the Mala sauce.

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