Restaurant: Spicy City
Location: 140 W Valley Blvd. Ste 208. San Gabriel, CA 91776. (626) 280-0186
Date: March 31, April 29, & May 18, 2015
Cuisine: Szechuan Chinese
Rating: Awesome and authentic, spicy!
Szechuan is one of my obsessions and fellow Foodie Club founder Erick recommended Spicy City as one of his favorites — he should know too as he’s spent a lot of time in China, including Chengdu.
The menu is enormous and filled with Szechuan classics — and pictures.
Sour and spicy glass noodles (they call it “hot and sour powder”). I love the contrast here of sour and hot numbing flavors. Spicy City uses a good amount of Szechuan peppercorn too. Yum!
Dan Dan noodles. Have to do it. First time at a Szechuan place, I measure them by the classics.
Chungking style hot pot. Various meats boiled with Szechuan peppercorns, chili oil, sprouts and whatnot. When they say various, they mean various. There was bee, fish filets, chicken, a delicious spam-like thing, and even pig intestines and tripe. We picked out the gross bits, but this had a nice numbing flavor.
Shredded pork with Beijing brown sauce. Pretty much says it all, but very nice version of this dish. Quite succulent.
Bubble pepper squid. No idea about the name, but this was hot!
Sizzling rabbit with chilies. Despite the annoying bits of bone on the meat, this rabbit was delicious with all sorts of spicy goodness.
Chungking style fish. A lightly breaded, cumin crusted whole fresh fish burried in potatoes, lotus root, and cauliflower. Delicious!
Fish filets and tofu in chili sauce. A classic, and delicious, with plenty of numbing peppercorns.
Spicy chicken. The aromatic variety of super fried Szechuan chicken.
Kung Pao Shrimp. Not that spicy, with that thick fry on the shrimp, but pretty delicious.
Braised Pork with fermented vegetables. A kind of thick bacon that was very tender, a touch dry, with a weird cabbage underneath. Not bad actually, very meaty.
All in all, Spicy City was really good with a lot of heat — particularly a lot of Szechuan Peppercorn, which I love. Feel the burn!