Every few days our team will scour Shanghai’s dining scene for scrumptious dishes that’ll fill your belly without emptying your savings. Not to discriminate, we’ll search everywhere from bicycle carts to chic venues with twenty-course tasting menus, knowing that any spot could have the next Dish of the Day.
Ba Guo Bu Yi is a damn good Sichuan eatery that dishes up that characteristically sadomasochistic Sichuan fare that knocks your socks off with its spiciness, and yet you can’t stop eating it. That being said, we do feel that some items are sub-par, with a few teetering towards too spicy without enough flavor, while others are excessively numbing due to an overabundance of Sichuan peppercorns.
Fortunately, fu qi fei pian, a cold salad of beef heart, stomach, and tripe (32RMB), strikes a perfect balance between blisteringly spicy and warmly numbing. Eating it feels like being blowtorched in the mouth and then having your tongue injected with morphine right after, except more pleasant.
The trio of tongue, heart, and tripe is simply scrumptious. Each beef part has its own mouth-feel and tenderness, and all do an admirable job of soaking up the numbingly spicy sauce. Especially the tripe, whose honeycomb texture allows the sauce to form little reservoirs of oily, spicy, deliciousness on its surface.
Beef innards may sound off-putting to some, but this is one instance where you turn your mind off and let your taste buds do the talking.
Ba Guo Bu Yi – 1018 Dingxi Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (定西路1018号, 近延安西路). Tel: (0)21-5239-7779. Hours: 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm daily.
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