Li Tian •
04 Dec 2014 • 283 reviews • 8 followers
If you think that Sichuan noodles is all about spicy minced meat paste on top of dry dan-dan noodles, then you got to try the authentic version at Chinese kitchen of halal-certified buffet restaurant Straits Kitchen. Chef Patrick Pan from Xi-an, China celebrates the culinary heritage of his roots by introducing two types of Sichuan noodles that would definitely transform the stereotypical image of Sichuan cuisine.
Full review and pics: http://dairycream.blogspot.sg/2014/11/sichuan-noodles-at-straits-kitchen-till.html
Taking a subtle approach to the dan dan mian, Chef Pan whips out a soupy version that is blended with peanut paste which gives it a very pleasant aroma. Dip the spoon into the sea of the reddish broth without the wavy noodles and one will haul up a mound of dried peppercorn, sesame seeds, spring onions--all the necessary ingredients that makes this bowl particularly rich and flavour duck.
Meanwhile, I was fully impressed by how Chef Pan managed to allow the flavors of the components; cumin, star anise, homemade Sichuan Chilli oil, peppercorns, Japanese leeks and Chinese parsley to shine through without overpowering one another. I would have slurped down the two bowls of MSG-free broth if there weren't so many other temptations around at the buffet. ......