I have a quandry when it comes to Szechuan cuisine, which is that I *love* the fiery hot chili-pepper element and the other flavors of these spicy dishes, but I just have not come to appreciate the numbing influence of the sichuan pepper. I have tried on numerous occasions to "get it", but it really has not improved for me - I just don't like it.
So my question is, can anyone recommend authentic Szechuan dishes that have all of the heat and complex flavors but lack the numbness? Alternately, is there a way to order dishes that are traditionally numbing with that aspect alone toned down? I have tried to broach the topic with our top-notch local establishement, but I wasn't able to get my point accross effectively.
I know to some this is an abominable question - my apologies in advance.