Sijie Sichuan Dishes, 2/F, Room 289, Ko Wah Building, 285-291 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Wan Chai
Reviewed In:November, 2010
Attention spicy food lovers: this inconspicuous joint is for you. Sijie, a private kitchen, is unassuming, located in an apartment building smack-dab in the middle of a row of home-supply stores on Lockhart Road. But within a couple hundred square feet, the eponymous owner Si Jie serves up delicious dishes brimming with (in)famous Sichuan peppercorns. (Those familiar with Sichuan cuisine say it’s the most authentic they’ve found in Hong Kong.) Favorites include the cold noodles drenched in chili oil and covered in spicy chili paste, the sliced chicken in chili oil and the fish in hot chili pepper soup. Yes, there are a lot of chilis. In fact, these dishes are fire-engine red, people! Wash it down with plenty of Tsingtao, tea and Coca-Cola. The private kitchen also accommodates those who prefer less spicy food, serving up a vinegary cucumber dish, noodles with vegetables and sweet-and-sour pork. The atmosphere is endearingly basic: mismatched chairs; a tacky panda mural on the wall; and a television with footage from the security camera crackling in the corner. If asked, Si Jie herself—stout and hearty, sporting a stained apron—will come out of the kitchen for a chugging contest. But beware, frat boys: she always wins. Call for opening times and to book a table.