25 May 2013

XIAO LA JIAO (小 辣 椒)

My birthday dinner was held at a Szechuan restaurant at 112 Katong.  This place, a budget family-style and authentic Szechuan restaurant, gives you value for money and the food is good.  We loved the food having tried it the first time, and decided to celebrate the occasion with hot spicy food. 

Cold dish of boiled white pork dipped in super hot sauce

These dumplings were pan-fried on one side and fully filled with minced meat

Deep fried prawns in griddle pot with potato strips overlaid with peppercorn, chilli oil, onions and spices.  Be caution not to bite into the peppercorn as experienced, it will trigger tingling numbness of the tongue.  It was hot but shiok!

Claypot eggplant was aromatic and soft.  Deliciously flavored with bean and minced meat sauce.

Double fried pork with leeks and spring onions in chilli oil.  The pork was crispy and go well with rice.

Fresh baling gu was simply stir-fried to retain the biting texture and flavor

This hot & sour soup was a knock-out which augmented with red-hot chilly oil.  There were plenty mushrooms, tofu and bamboo shoots in the soup

Freshly steamed cod

Finally, to kill the heat we each had a bowl of cold sweet fungus with lotus seeds soup

We shared the mango pamelo soup which is refreshing and delicious.  The soup was thick with mango puree and should be sweeter as the sour pamelo outshone the mango

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