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Tempt Asian annandale on Little River Turnpike

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Tempt Asian annandale on Little River Turnpike

deangold | May 6, 2009 10:46 PM

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I visited Tempt Asian on the way back from the airport after a trip to Italy. There simply is nothing spicy in Italy and we weer in need of heat. We over ordered a little and the outcome was mixed. I had never been int he Peter Chiang days and this was our first time

Spicy pressed tofu - fantastic dish with a nice cumin sugar salt spice mix reminiscent of Chiang's cooking. Could have been spicier but we did not make any spicy request

Eggplant in Sesame Sauce - the dish of the night. Steamed then pan fried eggplant with a coarse sauce of sesame paste and pounded garlic & ginger. I was licking up the remaining sauce which was served in a side bowl, a touch I really liked.

Lions Head - just OK. the meatballs were not juicy and tasted as if overly bound by either egg or cornstarch. The dish improved as it sat but not in the league with Bob's Shabu Shabu 88 or Peter Chiang

Pork with long pepper - again, seemed toned down. Very good dish but would have been better with less trimming of the hot parts of the peppers and i would have expected a bit of chili oil and seczuan peppercorn in the dish.

Talking with the waiter afte revealed that they had really toned down our dishes in fear of our not being up to the heat. Surprised me as we ordered three spicy dishes out of 4. At least I figured that might have asked. In any case, I will be back, hopefully with 6 or 8 folk and really dig into the menu. Next time I will pre order so we can get a balanced array of dishes and specify authentic levels of heat.

plus side: 3 of 4 dishes very good to excellent, other dishes we saw looked great (boiled beef and boiled fish both looked screamingly spicy and very good) and a friendly waiter who would seem to be open to showing us what they really can do.

Negative: lack of heat in what we ordered, no beer

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