Monday, November 10, 2008

Numbing peppers

Yan also took me to a Sichuan restaurant a couple of nights ago before we headed to a play (in English) at the People's Art Theatre.

Most everything on the menu was spicy, but it wasn't spicy like Korean food where you have a bite and all you can think about is drinking water or milk or something soothing.

They have these things that Yan called "numbing peppers." They will blow your mind. After you eat them, your lips feel like they are numb, as if you can't feel anything even though you can. Like a ringing feeling as if someone had played the speakers too loud and your lips behave like eardrums.

When I first felt it on my lips, all I could think of was the feeling that people describe when they touch the poison of the blowfish, except of course these peppers don't really paralyze you.

On another note:
The play was called "Hysteria" and it was one of the imports from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Supposedly it's part of the "best of" collection but definitely not my type of play. It was quite strange (weird sounds, funky dialog, no understandable plot, the only redeeming thing was that the playacting expressions were funny) and neither of us enjoyed it very much considering we paid $22 each to get in for the 1 hour play, but we were ok in the end. You have to see some bad ones to find the good ones. Not all theatre can be good.

2 Comments:

Anonymous hui said...

yums, sichuan food is so good!!!! did she take you to the chicken wing place that has crazily numbing wings?!?! so good!!!!

November 10, 2008 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

yup! she took me to the wing place!! it was pretty freakin spicy. it was not a pleasant time in the bathroom the next day. but after the chicken wings we went to ktv and that was totally awesome. :)

November 19, 2008 at 5:41 AM  

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