Wanted something spicy for lunch today. Was thinking of Spicy Cumin Lamb on Rice. Some thing I like very much from S&W Pepperhouse. This time I thought I’ll try the one in Alvin Garden.
The Cumin Lamb on Rice is a lunch special. Just $7.98. All other dishes are cheaper. $6.98. But I want Cumin Lamb.
Busy lunch crowd even though Alvin Garden is quite a bit away from the lunch resto actions around Metrotown.
This place is chili heaven. You cannot take hot spicy food, stay away. This is considered the best of Hunan cuisine in Vancouver.
Waitress asked me “How spicy for you?”
I said “DA LA!”. She laughed. Could see her crooked teeth but she is sweet. Hehehe … need braces?
Am the only one … ordering lunch special it seems. Every table ordered from the main menu with dishes.
Free soup was nice. Flavorful. Not spicy of course. Has meat, daikon and carrot. Took a couple of sip and decided to put it aside. Might need it more when the HOT SPICY main dish come.
Stomach growling. Just had cereal this morning. At 4AM.
Food is here!
Dish was hot. Could see steam. Push nose close to smell cumin. Heavenly. With S&W you could smell at a distance.
First spoonful burns. Will get better with each spoonful. Stopped to just enjoy the heat build up in the mouth (and also to peck away).
This is what “Da La” means. English means “Big Spicy”. Very hot. Yes I eat that.
And in pain. The tongue hurts. Drink soup.
Plate is big. Half serving would have been enough coz I eat like a bird. Only for lunch.
Love the green onions. Also has ginger slivers. Wait … Got to stop pecking while I enjoy it.
OMG. Heat not dissipating. Like the many many slices of lamb. Tasted raw garlic sticking to the lamb. What joy. What pain.
Moved the red bell peppers to the side. No place in this dish.
Waitress looking at me. I think she wondered why I took a couple of bites and then texted on the phone.
Wait a new customer ordered lunch special. Good to know am not the only one. He had the beef something with rice. Not cumin because it looked lighter. Whim! He has a glass of iced water.
Too much. I give up. Asked for a box to go. Nanzaro will like it for his pre-dinner meal. Pop it into the microwave oven and it’s as good as new.
For cumin lamb on rice, I find S&W version better. Not that Alvin Garden is no good.
$10. Easy round number. 12% HST already 96 cents. Am tipping $1.06. So more than 10%. That is enough right? I know some of you itching to call me stingy. I don’t print money. It is illegal in Canada. Last I checked anyway.
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