Monday, May 16, 2011

Szechwan Dinner

Joel and I have been on a quest for spicy food since we got to shanghai.  Shanghianese food is slightly sweet and even when it says spicy on the menu is in fact not.  Joel somehow got into a discussion about this with a colleague and he told Joel that he knew of a great place where they served Szechwan food.  We had heard of Szechwan and knew it was supposed to be spicy but hadn't tried it yet.
The restaurant that Raymond took us to was called 131 and he promised us it would be very spicy.  Raymond brought his friend Jessica who also loves things spicy and who, as he says, "knows good food".   They (and the restaurant) did not disappoint. By the end of the dinner we were all red faced and sweating from the heat of the food.
We tried the shrimp, noodles, fish and green beans.  All living up to their spicy legacy.  The fish was probably my favorite and came on a platter with coals cooking it underneath.  It was covered in a spicy sauce with cucumbers and onions and lots of peppers.  So good.  Raymond also talked us into getting the frog.  Joel and I had never tried it so we agreed and let him order it.  I will be honest.  It was't bad.  It was like chicken in the fact that it doesn't have a really distinct taste.  It was a slightly different consistency but if I hadn't known, I would never have guessed what it was.  After dinner we went "behind the scenes"  and met what we had just ate.  Well, at least we knew it was fresh!

1 comment:

  1. Can you take doggie bags home in China? I know they are a no-no in France and Italy.