Someone bring me a puke bag because writing this might actually make me puke. I would rather not think about Grand Sichuan’s Sliced Fish Sauce Soup ($20; was $19) ever again.
First off, yes, it was $20. They bring out a family-style bowl of it.
Below the thick, red chili oil and bushel of red chili peppers lay some thin fillets of fish (skin on and bone in), cilantro, celery sticks, napa cabbage, leeks and squares of tofu.
Here are a few things that were said by me, TK, KF and MS:
“I feel like I’m eating oil.”
“(It’s like) pepper juice.”
“I can’t taste anything else but chili oil.”
I’d rather drink a bottle of pepto.
No one really touched the soup after the first sip. I, on the other hand, decided that the non-fish items were good enough to eat with my rice. Without any “broth” it was edible.
My friend told me about “twilight anesthesia” this morning – it keeps you conscious but sleepy, and you forget the entire experience afterwards. This is exactly what we needed that night while trying this nastiness.
When the waitress came by and asked me if we wanted it wrapped, I wanted to say “hellz no, it was nasty!” but I didn’t know how to express that in Mandarin. The best I could do was say, politely, “No, it was too oily.” I guess that’s a good thing?
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