Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Red Chilli Sichuan, Haymarket (Dixon Street)

It's been a year or two since I've visited Red Chilli Sichuan, but a recent trip to Chinatown had this as my obvious port of call, as I was hungry and figured that a restaurant a little away from the Friday-markets-craziness would be a good option. My Red Chilli of choice in Chinatown is this one, with its entrance on Little Hay Street (although technically its address is in Dixon St), as it's not quite as fancy-pants (read: expensive) as the one on Harbour Street.

I love going to places with long menus because boy usually can't be bothered looking through it all, and  ends up giving me free rein on the ordering. Happy days! Somewhat unfortunate for him at this restaurant, because it meant that I wasn't going anywhere near the dishes that have whole chillis as the main ingredient since I would prefer not to see my body in spice meltdown.
Speaking of spice meltdown... dan dan noodles

Green onion pancake $3.20
Dan dan noodles $7.80
Stir-fried eggplant with chilli and garlic sauce $13.80
Deep fried bread with condensed milk $7.80

The meal didn't start on a great note, because the green onion pancake wasn't as flavour-ful as it should be, and the result just felt like eating friedness.
mmmm.... fried bread

Next dish to come out was the deep fried bread with condensed milk. I forget that certain Chinese restaurants treat 'dessert' similarly to restaurants in China, and rather than being something that comes at the end of the meal, is merely treated as one of the regular dishes.
I get caught out everytime and forget to specifically ask for it to come at the end of the meal. Despite my Western 'sweet' tongue not being ready for the bread and condensed milk, they were just as I remembered and definitely a happy place.

The bread served as a respite for me when I tried to eat my half of the dan dan noodles. The noodles themselves were lovely, however the 'soup' was extremely heavy on the chilli oil, with not much of the expected peanut/sesame flavour to back up the chilli-heat. Boy and I have now come to the conclusion that it's no use for us to order dan dan noodles at restaurants in Sydney anymore, because the likelihood of being disappointed is pretty high. We'll stick with my not-necessarily-authentic, but super tasty recipe instead.
Stir-fried eggplant

Definite winner of the meal was the eggplant, which made up for my disappointment from a couple of weeks ago when ordering what I thought was this dish elsewhere. The flavour and heat were perfectly balanced and made for fabulous leftovers the next day as well.

Not as good as I remembered, but a couple of high notes still make it a worthwhile Chinatown option.

Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant
Shop 3, 51-53 Dixon Street
Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant on Urbanspoon


Not Quite Nigella said...

I love it when I get to order too! Although I tend to over order :P

Hotly Spiced said...

Oh dear. It's a shame the food wasn't better and it does seem that the soup is full of chilli xx

Christina @ The Hungry Australian said...

I also get disappointed when I know I can cook the dish better myself. It's a shame those Dan Dan noodles weren't as good as your version but that eggplant looks pretty nice.