As they say, “seek and you shall find” and I finally found my ideal eating companions this past Tuesday at the hot new foodie spot Tasty China. Thanks to Blissful Glutton, the charismatic organizer of the fantastic little gathering, close to ten like-minded spicy food lovers got to hover over about a dozen mouth numbing Sichanese dishes at the hidden away strip mall gem. The food was of a deliciousness level that being Sichanese, I was, for the first time in many years, proud to call what came before us the cuisine of my childhood.
First we were offered a sampling of appetizers, which included the crowd favorite of hot and numbing beef. This was essentially the result of crossing a flavor-imbued braised brisket with a flavor-distilled five-spice jerky. More specifically, the beef seemed to have first gone through a long braising process, which imparted the hot and numbing effect through the addition of a hefty dose of classic five spices and more than hefty doses of dried hot red pepper and
A parade of other dishes came after the hot and numbing beef. Some were delights from my childhood, like a braised whole fish in a three chili sauce and flash-fried fatty strips of
All in all, Tasty China delivered just the right combination to satisfy our group of food lovers. The tucked away location, non-descript strip mall exterior, dingy interior décor, and fantastic dishes made it the perfect food find worthy of a foodie gathering.