Spicy Sichuan, Sydney
Ever since ‘The Mother’ had his first encounter of Sichuan food, he truly can’t get enough of it! There is one dish that he loves, and that’s the fish fillet swimming in a pool of chili, peppercorn and lots of it! I don’t love the numbing effect so much but like ‘The Mother’, I truly do enjoy a good spicy Sichuan cuisine.
I have seen this place as I walk home, the place is always busy with people queuing and waiting to get in. Spicy Sichuan can be found on Cunningham Street, just off Goulburn Street – you can’t miss it, there are usually a group of people queuing to go inside. There are two levels, ground level is hot pot, which we didn’t want, and a la carte which is upstairs. There was a little bit of a mix up with our reservations but after about 5 – 10 minutes, we were seated and looking forward to what was to come.
We thought we would all pick a dish, ‘The Mother’ knew exactly what we wanted – the only reason why we came here for. The MiL and BiL aren’t very good with spicy food so we made sure that we had a mix of both.
We started with the ling fish filled with vegetable in chili oil ($29.80). OMG – look at the redness of the bowl – so many chili and so many peppercorn for that numbing effect.
The fish fillets were incredibly tender, and if you carefully pick out the peppercorn it is not that spicy at all! But what would be the fun of that right? It was spicy, tiggly numbing spicy but it was good!
Next, the tea smoked duck (whole $36) – this was fantastic. It had a distinct smoked flavour and aroma and was incredibly succulent. It was a favourite amongst the diners.
I was craving dumplings so opt for the northern China dumplings with meat and vegetables, ($9.80 for 12) and this totally hit the spot! It was boiled or braised, and wow – I could not stop but pop these babies in my mouth one after the other. Definitely worth trying.
Fried buns with sesame on top ($8 for 6 pieces) were also good. It didn’t have any hazardous soup inside but slightly pan friend and sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. It was good.
Last but not least, this came out last and extremely slow oddly, was the fried vermicelli with XO sauce. I thought this was a little ordinary. Fried vermicelli cooked in XO sauce and topped with two prawns. I was full by this stage so this was so so.
Service was a little slow at times, but we didn’t have to wait too long for food or tea or drinks. My favourite dish was definitely the fish fillets and the dumplings. The duck was also good.
‘The Mother’ and I are definitely keen to try their other spicy dishes.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
2 Cunningham Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9211 4222