"Oh god, did you just put the whole dumpling in your mouth?"
Colin didn't respond. His face was frozen. Probably because the soup in the dumpling was burning off the lining of his mouth.
"You're not supposed to do that! I thought you knew. ...Oh crap."
Pinkness crept into the outer rims of his eyes. Then tears welled up. He was still silent. If I were him I would've spat out the dumpling, but he decided to see how much pain his oral mucosa could endure. Either that, or he couldn't move. Tristan and I stared helplessly and maybe laughed a lil' bit until the very end.
"Oh god, my whole mouth feels burnt."
And that is why you do not stick a whole soup dumpling in your mouth, kiddies. If it hasn't had time to cool off, at least. Thank you, Colin, for setting an example for the rest of us. WE LOVE YOU.
Thankfully, Colin is built tough and his taste buds appeared to work alright for the rest of our meal at Famous Sichuan. Their version of General Tso's Tofu continues to be the best fried tofu dish I've ever had. Admittedly, I haven't eaten many fried tofu dishes, but I'm hesitant to try any others and be disappointed. It's not just that the tofu cubes are crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, but that there's a large pile of em. I don't want a little appetizer, I want a MOUNTAIN. Yeah, I'm a pig.
Sautéed spinach with garlic was great. Hard to go wrong with lots of spinach + lots of garlic.
I was less into the pork bacon with Sichuan pickle as it's called on the menu, or mei cai kou rou in Chinese (pointed out by Michele). I loved the pronounced layer of fat, but the meat tasted a bit dry and oversalted, and the bed of preserved mustard greens had too much of that funky fermented flavor for my liking. I still ate most of it because...um, it's PORK BELLY, but I had a better version of this at Yeah Shanghai Deluxe over a year ago; perhaps it's time to go back there.
As for the crab and pork steamed buns (aka soup dumplings, aka xiao long bao), they're pretty good. They're not the prettiest dumpling nubs, but they're hearty and I like the taste of crab-infused pork.