By Joshua Translated by
Photos by Jimmy Kang
396, MingCheng 2nd Rd,
Kaohsiung City; (07) 557-5787
Hours:5:30 pm-1 am
Credit cards not accepted.
English menu available.
When dinnertime arrives at Oldsichuan,
you'll see people waiting patiently outside with a look
of anticipation on their faces. Clearly, the warm scents
that waft out as the doors open and close are a form
of sweet torture.
The spicy, hot foods originating from Sichuan are one
of China's main cuisines. This style of cooking is complex,
and each flavor works harmoniously with another. The
cuisine itself helps express the personality of the
Ba-Shu People (Ba-Shu being the two ancient states that
make up modern Sichuan).
In hopes of expanding the popularity
of Ba-Shu cuisine in Taiwan, owner of this eatery there
travelled for the sole purpose of bringing back authentic
ingredients to make authentic Sichuanese cuisine. The
soup bases for the spicy Sichuan hot pots here incorporate
flavors known as "san siang" (3 aromas), "san
jiao" (3 peppers) and "san liao" (3 sauces).
The soup flavors will numb your taste buds, although
you're still able to enjoy the spices without feeling
choked up. The pot comes with Duck's Blood Cakes &
Tofu (NT$100 per person). The Beef Tripe and Beef Tendon
and Pork Gut (NT$400) are already cooked, so you can
eat them right after they've been added to the pot.
You can request unlimited amounts of this dish throughout
your entire dining time.
The other popular choice among customers
here is the Healthy White Pot. The soup is simmered
with chicken bones and various Chinese medicinal ingredients
for 48 hours. The restaurant recommends an order of
the Vegetable Combo ((NT$160) or Mushroom Combo (NT$240)
to go with this. While savoring your hot pot, don't
forget to grab one of the three specially-prepared sauces
they provide in the restaurant to enjoy the full experience.