This little restaurant lis ocated at a very narrow laneway in Chinatown (26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne 3000), we were surprised that we needed to queue for a table. As we progressed forward in the queue, we found ourselves at the kitchen entrance where the waiters zoom out with freshly prepared plates of spicy food. Most of the food was completely enveloped by a ton of whole dried chillies. We were so distracted that we couldn't even talk while we were waiting for the table. Haha.. I guess, we were too eagle to "torture" ourselves with all the hot food.
We ordered Ants Climbing the Tree, Spicy Cumin Pork Spare Ribs, Chongqing Chili Chicken, Hot and spicy Braised Beef and 2 bowls of rice. Loved the Ants Climbing the Tree , it was tasty- salty and a little bit spicy. This version of mung bean noodles stir fried with minced pork was great, it's a must try at Dainty Sichuan (if you are not aiming for the chili dishes that can make your lips sing).
The Spicy Cumin Pork Spare Ribs were great. Not too spicy but salty and oily to the extreme. Cumin gives a good kick in this dish, great flavour!! To be honest it was oily, salty and MSG- laden but at the same time it was bloody addictive and you just keep going for that next piece! I will definitely come back again for this dish.
Chong Qing Chili chicken was a massive plate of diced chicken (bones on) completely covered by a huge pile of whole dried chilies. The chicken pieces were tiny and it was quite annoying to eat as you will have to sift through the chili to find them. They were spicy and flavoursome. However, I would prefer it with chicken (bone off).
We were a bit disappointed as the food was not as spicy as we thought it would be. However, it's still a nice little place to have some spicy food with friends. I will definitely go back again for the Spicy Cumin Prok Spare Ribs and the Ants Climbing The Tree.