Red Chili Sichuan, Haymarket
‘The Mother’ has taken a liking to Sichuan food, especially after our trip to Chongqing, where we had the SPICIEST food we have both ever encountered! It was ‘The Mother’s’ birthday, and he suggested Red Chili Sichuan. We went to the Harbour Street location last year and thought we would try their original location which is located on Dixon Street in Haymarket.
There were ten of us that evening (two sets of family), so that means lots of food and more to try! Like the Harbour Street location, the menu is extensive – so many different options. Next to each dish, there is a picture of a ‘chili’ which indicates the spiciness of each dish, the more chili diagrams, the spicier the dish!
We started with salt and pepper king prawns ($26.80), lightly battered, it was plump, moreish and absolutely tasty.
The stir fried pork with chili and garlic sauce ($15.80) was deliciously scrumptious and spicy. It was a little oily, however, the pork was succulent, a little vinegary and the garlic sauce full of flavour.
One of my favourite dish is the steamed pork belly with special preserved vegetables ($17.80). Thin slices of pork belly which just melted in my mouth, and the preserved vegetables a wonderful complement. One of the the highlights for me.
Look at all those chilis! It was unbelievably spicy but incredible! Tender but yet firm fish fillets, this dish was outstanding, just as good as I remembered it to be. Mouth watering, explosive flavours! I loved how my taste buds were all tingly and funny – I really needed a glass of milk to wash it all down. Definitely a favourite amongst the diners.
Stir fry lamb with cumin ($17.80) was not what we expected. It had a strong lamb flavour but it is the after taste that shocked all of us. It was HOT and SPICY – a little like a slap on your face! Very unexpected but very tasty.
The stir fried shredded beef with chili sauce ($18.80) was probably our least favourite. The beef hard and a little chewy but the chili sauce – excellent.
Lastly, stir fried beans with garlic and pork – the only non spicy dish and by this stage, my taste buds were all off! It was good though, exactly what we needed.
Unfortunately, there were no milk, but we did have a couple of bottles of Tsing Taos to wash down the spiciness – don’t think it worked though.
Think the spices got to some of us – ‘The Mother’ picked out all the ‘visible’ chilis!
We chatted, we ate, we sweat, we endured the numbing heat – it was one hell of a meal! A fantastic meal amongst family to celebrate a special occasion – ‘The Mother’s’ Birthday.
Service is quick and efficient and prices reasonable!
GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10
Red Chili Sichuan
51 Dixon Street, Shop 3
PH: +61 2 9211 8122