The Roommate and I went to Mets opening day this year, and by the second inning we were already looking past the inevitable Blue Smoke -or- Shake Shack -or- That Awesome Taco Stand decision to dinner.
(Mind you, it was a great game, too, but this is not a baseball blog.)
Dinner, we decided, if we were not too drunk to make the trip (were, did anyway), would be held at Spicy & Tasty out in Flushing, because goddamn it, how hard is it to find decent Chinese in New York?
S&T did not disappoint at all. The dan dan noodles were so good I could have skipped the rest of the meal. The shredded beef with peppers was exactly the thing that we always try to order from other places and that never lives up to its description, and it bowled us both over. The other stuff we ordered? Lost in the haze of Sichuan peppercorn, hot chilies, and beer.
One serious standout, however, were the sticky peanut ball things (real name unknown), pictured below. Sticky bun-ball, crushed peanut, sugar. I can't underscore how ridiculously rich these things were. Between the sweetness of the sugar, the savoriness and salt of the peanuts, and the rich, sticky texture of the bun, these things are a challenge to end a meal with, but provide the perfect punctuation to say, "Ok, I am definitely done eating now."
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