The name spells out chilli so you have been forewarned. Hot and Spicy Kitchen takes the place of the old Bava Chinese Restaurant. With improved service and the famed Dry Hotpot this quickly became my new hangout. You all probably know what the traditional soup hotpot is with plenty of places that offer that. A hot boiling pot of soup in the middle of the table where you cook your own desired ingredients. Well, dry hotpot is a bit different. It’s already cooked for you, dry stir fried in Sichuan seasonings, sauce and chilli oil.
When seated we were given two menus. One was a sheet of paper with ingredients on it like chicken, lamb, beef, fishball, squid, mushroom, capsicum, fish etc. You can tick the boxes of the ingredients you would like (prices listed) and how many serves. Then you can pick your level of spiciness. Just so you know this is Asian spiciness, not the toned down Western super hot Vindaloo kind of spicy. We started at medium and moved on to hot the next time. If you like the burn by all means go for extra spicy but just keep in mind you’ll be eating the entire pot of that. It’s not just a bite or couple of spoonfuls. Even if your tongue can take it consider the implications on your stomach at the end of the meal.
So, all those ingredients then get fried up and come back in this delicious pot. As a base every pot comes with some chips (yes hot chips), broad mung bean noodles, celery and some capsicum. Over time I’ve ordered different ingredients but my favourites definitely include beef, quail eggs, fish and mushrooms. The flavour is incredibly moreish, every bite makes you want more. The spiciness is appetizing and could result in over consumption of rice. The only downside of this dish is the healthy factor. It sits at probably about zero. Every health benefit will be negated by the amount of oil this is swimming in. But it taste so goood!!
If you’re not into hotpot, there is a regular menu too featuring Sichuan food heavily. Having said that, not all the dishes here are spicy. There are non-spicy options and snacks as well. For me I like spicy food so never end up exploring those other dishes. Writing about this now makes me want to eat it tonight! Too bad I gotta work.
Hot and Spicy Kitchen
57 Gouger Street