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Spicy and Tasty

The Rogue | Dec 1, 2002 11:34 AM

I know this place has been discussed before and now my two cents... This was some of the most interesting, spicy, and tasty food I've had in awhile. I was there last night with Canchito, for both of us it was a first visit. We started with the spicy pig's tongue appetizer and the spicy cold pulled chicken in sesame sauce. The tongue had so many different flavors going on my head was spinning. I wasn't sure I liked it or not but I sure as heck kept on eating it to try and decide. It had this musky, herbal, complex thing going on. it was a cold dish of thinly sliced tongue in a reddish sauce with garlic shoots, asian celery, ginger, szechuan peppercorns and other unknown stuff. The pulled chicken was similar and at the same time quite different. The sesame sauce was much different from any I tried before. More piquant and tangy. Again an unusual dish that pushed and pulled my tongue in new dimensions. These cold dishes were best eaten as a complement to the plain boiled rice which helped to round them out and make them even more complex. For an entree we had the spicy homestyle lamb which had a million things going on within it as well. I can't even describe the deep brown but herbal and spicy taste. All in all these dishes set new standards of new and unique for my taste buds. They bore no resemblance to any Chinese food i have eaten before. Whether at Grand szechuan or elsewhere. they had some things in common with Indonesian / malaysian food but just in their unique spicing. With all of the dishes we tried I am still confused as to what my tongue experienced... but I want to go back and experience more of this.

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