Here's the problem with Mission Chinese Food being named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants
This dish, the Ma po tofu, is so hot that it's practically inedible. I like spicy. This was magma. I hate to say it, but even though this may be authentic and the inhabitants of the Sichuan region have tongues of steel, most of us in California do not. Dear chef, know your audience.
@alteredego You may be right. As someone who actually likes to taste his food, perhaps I'm not the right person to eat here. I, for example, believe multiple areas of the tongue's tastebuds should be stimulated--not murdered.
The historical need to mask the flavor of rancid, rotting food with hyper-extreme spiciness has passed. Or so I thought. It's possible, I suppose, that Mission Chinese chooses to utilize decaying foodstuffs in their dishes andbi should actually be grateful for their heavy hand with the spice. I doubt this, though. I think they just didn't know what they were doing.