Hot Kitchen's Mei Shan Beef Is Nice 'N' Spicy

mei shan beef.jpg
Lauren Shockey
Lots of chiles in Hot Kitchen's mei shan beef

Although New York City now boasts a wealth of Sichuan restaurants, the East Village hasn't seen too many of them -- until now. Hot Kitchen (104 Second Avenue, 212-228-3090) opened quietly several weeks ago, offering a vast menu of Sichuan specialties, plus other "American Chinese dishes." One of our favorite choices, though, is the spicy and tingly mei shan beef, listed under "Hot Kitchen Specials."

Beef is dry-fried along with a handful of peanuts, chopped scallions, fried squiggly crackers that oddly resemble a DNA sequence, and a bevy of dried chiles. Sichuan peppercorns are also in the mix, so you're bound to have a mouth that both burns and tingles simultaneously: the hallmark of a tasty Sichuan meal. The strips of beef are both tender and nicely crunchy, and the dish is light enough that you can eat a hearty portion without feeling ill. It's a dish not for the faint of palate, but for those who like their food spicy hot, Hot Kitchen delivers.


For more dining news, head to Fork in the Road, or follow us @ForkintheRoadVV, or me @ldshockey.

My Voice Nation Help
3 comments
happycao
happycao

I saw this the other day and was wondering if it was a good authentic Chinese restaurant. How were the other restaurants?

Lshockey
Lshockey

Do you mean the other dishes?  They vary.  Stick to the "spicy and aromatic" dishes.

happycao
happycao

Ahhh sorry totally meant 'dishes'. I actually was writing a question before that, which is "How does it compare to the Flushing restaurants?" But thank you, definitely worth trying, I love spicy

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...