Craving something with a little more Kick? We go in search of the reddest, hottest, most tongue-numbing Sichuan restaurants in town!
By HK Magazine (18th March 2015)
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1) Tou Yuen Delicacies – Hot Tou Trot
This low-key gem is tucked away in a food centre, try the succulent, super-hot marinated “saliva chicken” with chilli broth and pair it with some fried tofu, chilli-laced veggies and chilled Tsingtaos!
Address: 3/F, Shek Ting Tsui Cooked Food Centre, 470 Queen’s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui
Te: +852 2540 0398
2) Mask of Si Chuen & Beijing – Mask Your Tears
This restaurant is known for its bold décor and bolder flavours. Signature dishes include simmered beef with Chilli broth, shrimp with ginger chilli sauce and steamed fish head with pickled chilli – be warned it has a kick! Vegetarians are taken care of but the veggie dishes are just as chilli-loaded!
Address: Shop 33, G/F, Tsim Sha Tsui East Station
Tel: +852 2311 9233
3) Sijie Sichuan Restaurant – Private Spices
Garnering popularity as a private kitchen the restaurant has traded its cosy surroundings but warm hospitality is a permanent fixture. The menu offers a mix of standard spicy dishes – pork belly or poached fish swimming in chilli oil – as well as easier options such as Sichuan prawns, beans and minced pork.
Address: 10/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa St. Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2802 2250
4) Sichuan House – House of Dancing Chillies
Sichuan House offers a range of spicy Chengdu specialties, like crispy pork jowls, beef and pig’s tongues in chilli sauce and homemade crispy eel. The go-to is the Pi Country fish in doubanjiang – a spicy and salty, soy-based paste.
The Bashu spicy prawns are not for the faint hearted, it’s the hottest dish on the menu – consider yourself warned!!
Address: 7/F, M88, 2 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: +852 2521 6699
5) Yun Yan – Yun Numb Nom
After 20 years Yun Yan has perfected the art of balancing Sichuan flavours. Must tries include sliced beef appetizers and tossed chilled noodles with pork in a spicy garlic soy sauce. Choose your dipping sauce for the 8 flavour tofu, or just pour them all on at once! Cool down after dinner with Drunken chilli chocolate ice cream.
Address: Shp 1001B, 10/F, Time Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2375 0800
6) Qi-House of Sichuan – Okqi Doqi
“Qi” – meaning a shining star. We can’t get enough of the chilli oil wontons, signature scallion ginger beef, “bang bang” veggie wontons and mapo tofu! Douse the fire with a Roselle flower iced tea: instant relief!
Address: 2/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2527 7117
7) Yu – Me & Yu
No frills dining with classic Sichuan recipes. The menu is overflowing with chilli-drenched concoctions, including mouth-watering chicken, sour and spicy glass noodles and fragrant spicy bean jelly noodles. Soothe your suffering with chilled soy milk after your meal!
Address: 4 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 2838 8198
8) Chilli Fagara – Fagrara ‘Bout It
A treat for chilli addicts with delicious gingery fried beef, pork slices dipped in chilli and garlic sauces and baby squid swimming in a sea of chillies. The specially constructed menu is meant to be eaten in a particular order to first numb the palate and then blast it with flavours!
Address: Shop E, G/F, 51A Graham Street, Central
Tel: +852 2893 3330
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