For Houston’s hotheads, spicy Sichuan cuisine all comes down to two restaurants: Mala Sichuan Bistro and this sizzling upstart. Yunan Yang and her sister Lily Luo derive their equally thoughtful and heartfelt brand of cooking from their mother—who “came from a very big family” in Chongqing, where she learned “a lot of secret recipes from the family cook”—as well as from Yang’s own background in cancer research, which reveals itself in her emphasis on wholesome ingredients, from organic meats and veggies to digestive aids like the dried plum powder she sprinkles on fried sweet potatoes and, of course, imported numbing peppercorns. The effects run from pure exhilaration, as with the fried beef cubes and hot-sauce boiled fish brimming with chilies, to soothing relief in the form of meltingly tender, sweet-salty “soft bacon” or scrambled, fried tomatoes and eggs, accompanied by a fresh green-bean smoothie.
|Venue name:||Cooking Girl||Contact:|
315 Fairview St
|Cross street:||at Morgan St|