happy birthday mummy!
the family went out to eat yesterday at si chuan restaurant in greenwich to celebrate our mother’s birthday. she turned 50 and doesn’t look it at all!
we only ever come here when we fancy hotpot but this time we decided to dine in a la carte and see what the fuss was all about – there are always chinese guests dining in here (must be good huh?).
one thing i do love about this place is the extremely hot beef jerky they always give us at the very start! it’s a bit too spicy for me to handle but at the same time i love it and can’t stop eating them.
this is a much cheaper version of ba shan in soho but comparing the prices and taste, this place isn’t so bad. i admit, you can taste the finer qualities in ba shan but if you want to save those pennies, si chuan is not a bad second.
among the dishes ordered were cold spicy sesame chicken, pork in spicy broth, spicy tofu, spicy aubergine – everything spicy! emily (mY sister) doesn’t like too much spice and opted for some char siu pork and morning glory as well. we wouldn’t be westerners if we didn’t order some salt & chilli squid neither.
i didn’t find these dishes that spicy in all honesty. personally, i can handle really strong spices and so i’m often disappointed in the lack of strength. however, the heat can also take a lot of the flavour away but because this wasn’t the case, i was able to enjoy the various flavours in these dishes from the sweet sesame chicken to the fragrant pork broth.
this is definitely one of mY favourite places and not because it’s only a 10 minute bus ride away from mY flat. the food isn’t michelin star worthy but it’s the next best thing to a kitchen away from home. i’m asian and the cooking here takes me back to asia and in particular just home cooking. now i know i can come here for a homely meal as well as a hearty hotpot.
mY rating –
price: from £15pp
happiness: ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺