Last time I, Veronique, ate Szechuan food was the last time I was in China 10 years ago, and it was Alvin’s first time trying it. As you may already know, Chinese food in general is not spicy. My parents rarely ever cook spicy and they can’t really handle it either. However, Szechuan food is very spicy as they uses a lot of hot peppers.
We went for Dinner at KanBai in their downtown location with 3 of our friends which one of them recommended the lamb served on a sizzling iron plate. It was slightly spicy and served with garlic scape. The lamb was very taste and you could really taste its distinguished flavour. I know a lot of people are sensitive to the taste of lamb, so if you are I would avoid from ordering this dish although I found it was good!
One of my favourite thing to eat is eggplant and I do love how Chinese people cook it so I had to order the eggplant served on a sizzling plate. It was topped with bonito flakes (fish flakes), the same that you can find on Takoyakis or Okonomiyakis. It added a nice added flavour, I would come back to this restaurant just for this dish! But then again… I love anything with eggplants.
All my friends eat very spicy so we decided to give the hot pepper crispy chicken a try even though it had the 3 chilli peppers sign beside it in the menu. The fried chicken was basically drenched in spicy oil so if you can’t handle hot peppers I wouldn’t recommend it. Also, the chicken was a bit dry. This dish wasn’t my favourite.
Lately Alvin has been obsessed with “Soondubu Jjigae” which is a Korean spicy soup with tofu. So naturally when we read on the menu that there was a spicy tofu soup with egg we had to order it. Alvin and I loved this soup! It was not very spicy, had a subtle taste of chicken broth and tons of fresh tofu. It would be the perfect soup to eat on a cold day. However, our friends didn’t like this soup as much as us as they thought it was a bit blend.
And last, but not least, we ordered the fried pork spare ribs with garlic. Let me tell you… They were AH-MA-ZING. The skin was so crispy and delicious. The ribs were juicy and tender, topped with garlic, onions and a bit of hot peppers. I strongly recommend this dish!
Overall, our experience at KanBai was delightful. The service was prompt. We would recommend this place to anyone who likes spicy and Chinese food!