Szechuan Gourmet-It’s Getting Hot in Here!

The definition of a masochist is someone who enjoys being punished.  Though I don’t go in for the whips and ball gags, there is a certain part of me that enjoys being in pain.  That seeks out  an activity that makes me cry a little.  That longs for the euphoric high that only a true, deep hurt brings.
Yes, folks, I am talking about super spicy food.  Like the kind brought on from the divinely spicy Szechuan cuisine served at Szechuan Gourmet.  This isn’t the Americanized broccoli beef you get elsewhere.  It isn’t even Cantonese.  No, this is the real McCoy tongue tingling, nose running, mouth on fire Szechuan cuisine that sends me through the roof.  And the stuff served at Szechuan Gourmet is WAY above par.

Hot and Sour soup.  This was the only let down of the meal.  Not particularly hot or sour, and with a slightly viscous texture that reminded me of mucus, this soup really had nothing to to lend to the palate.

Spicy cucumber salad.  Oh Creator of All That is Holy, this is the most insanely delicious cucumber dish I have ever had in my LIFE!!! Thickly cut cukes, marinated in  chili oil that was to create a dish that was warming, deep, only vaguely spicy, and refreshing.  You might think this would be oily, but it instead came off as light.  Even people wary of spice could enjoy this-and ONLY this.  Because coming up next…

is the Stir Fried Fresh Pork Belly with Leeks and Chili.  Is there anything lovelier to read on a menu than “pork belly”?  Oh yes…pork belly with leeks and chili.  Yeah  that’s better.  Fatty, unctuous pork belly that seeped sweet porcine fat tempered by meltingly tender leeks and a few spicy chilis.  This dish was spicy enough to get my lips tingling but not enough to make my eyes tear.

Wok Fried Chicken with Green and Dried Chiles.  Ok, this is where the LOOOOVE started.  Smokey, garlicky, greaseless chicken mixed with lightly spicy green chiles, and red chiles so hot that when I popped them in my mouth, the corners of my lips turned red and raw.  The combination of meat and earth, of smokey and spicy, of hot and pungent, was more than I could bear.  Even as my nose ran and my eyes teared, I ate piece after piece of burning hot protein, tearing into the sweet green and hot red chiles.  This was an incendiary and outstanding dish.

We also tried the Shredded Chicken with Spicy Garlic Sauce.  The chicken cut with a spoon-it was almost velvety in texture.  The sauce was thick but not gloopy, strewn with sharp scallions and those hellacious, wonderful peppers.  The garlic sauce was extraordinary-sweet instead of bracing, with a soft and umami filled taste.  It contrasted so well with the spicy peppers and that  tender chicken.  It was my favorite dish of the day.

As my dad would say: “They don’t have to run this one through the dishwasher”.  
Szechuan Gourmet is really a heck of a restaurant.  It’s cheap, it’s fast, and the food is freakin’ amazing.  What can I say?  The more it hurts…the more I want it.

Comments

  1. JustinM says:

    You ate the red peppers? You crazy.

    I could eat this food every day and not get tired of it.

  2. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @JustinM-I told you, i love the pain. Next time you and Elizabeth make it out here, you HAVE to try it…just take me along!!! :)

  3. Justin says:

    You like pain?… try spending an hour with her! (Um… only kidding.)

  4. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Justin-hahahahah! oh every boyfriend out there is laughing hysterically and cheering you on ;)

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