My sister’s good friend Hillel of Tastingmenu.com took me out to Szechuan Chef to taste their Chong Qing Chicken –fried pieces of chicken cooked with spicy Szechuan peppercorns that are supposed to make your mouth numb. It was a spicy flavor explosion when biting down into one of the pieces, juices squirting. My roof of my mouth went raw from the heat and fried crunchiness.
We then went to Bluebird to cool off with some ice cream, where they have a monster themed store (SnowMonkey’s House of Monsters) with a lot of Miyazaki characters. Maple Hickory ice cream on waffle cone did its job.
…I just had to go back and re-spell all the “Szechuans” in the post. I’ve been so used to spelling it “Szechwan” since my first band was called Szechwan Pork years ago. We didn’t have wikipedia back then and I always wondered what the correct spelling was. I think at that time Szechwan and Szechuan maybe had two hits each on the Yahoo search engine. Looks like they’re both correct, along with Sichuan. Cool.