I had to laugh. The women next to us were Chinese but I’m not sure from what parts. After trying their noodle soups, they kept on looking over at us studying the menu, particularly at my Caucasian husband, as if to say ‘you have no idea what you’re in for’. We finally asked, ‘is it hot?’ and they said, ‘so hot. very hot.’
This led me to the conclusion that I would go for a dish with one cartoon chili marking it on the menu, and went for lamb ribs and noodles, and my better half had a wonton with… two cartoon chilis.
It was a bit too spicy for him but edible. Mine was pretty spicy but fine. But while I was happy to try a new cuisine, I just couldn’t discern much flavour besides… spicy. The noodles were fine, nothing special, and the lamb was tender, and the wonton tasty, but mostly the experience was about surviving the spicy broth. I don’t think I’d do it again.