Szechuan cuisine is know for being hot, bold and flavorful. This style of
Chinese cuisine comes from the Sichuan province in southwestern China. The food is loaded with garlic, peppers and of course, the Sichuan Pepper.
Today, I was invited to try “hot fish.” We went to Spicy Hot Youhou(麻辣诱惑/Spice Spirit). The spicy fish soup was highly recommended, but I was warned my mouth would burn.
When the soup arrived, the aroma of many peppers and garlic filled the air. A whole fish was used in the large bowl brought to table. (I later found out we received the smallest fish available that day, which was still quite big even by Texas standards!)
3 slices of bread were brought by the waiter. For a moment I thought we were going to make fish sandwiches, but instead, the bread is used to absorb the oil from the fish. Fish was very tasty, though I did have to be careful with bones. The fish meat was tender and and each bite made my mouth burn a little more. My Chinese friends ordered dried plum (prune??) juice. It was not cold, but ice (冰, Bīng) was requested. The juice was very interesting. At first, the flavor was sweet, but the aftertaste reminded me of smoked BBQ, a very odd combination.
I would come here again. The staff was friendly, the menu had pictures and rough English translations. The restaurant was clean, well lit, and has beautiful decorations. Oh, and they bring a hour glass to show you that they will deliver the food to your table before the last grain falls through.
Where: 麻辣诱惑/Spice Spirt/Spicy Hot Youhou