When ordering from a restaurant named “Spicy City,” you’d better believe that they aren’t kidding around. That’s the lesson I learned when I decided to pick a menu item with not one, but two hotness indicators next to its name.
This fiery menace is known as the Spicy Szechuan Fish. As you can see, it’s swimming in a bowl of hot chili oil. The fish actually is quite tender and flavorful once you ignore the heat. This is coming from somebody who doesn’t enjoy spicy food much.
I also tried the Fried Chicken Cubes with Red Chiles, pictured above. This is literally popcorn chicken laced with dried chili husks at a 1:1 ratio. While this dish is also extra spicy, I found the pepperiness to be too overpowering. I think it would be better served if they toned it down a bit.
If you dare, I invite you to give Spicy City a try. It’s on the second floor of the San Gabriel Focus Plaza, near the Ko Hyang Tofu House.