Vegetarian Delights of NYC -- Sliced Pumpkin with Peppers
Demonstrating the facility of Sichuan cooks with vegetables, and their amazing ability to treat them in ways Westerners would never have imagined, we have the modestly named "sliced pumpkin with peppers" at Bamboo Pavilion. The orange vegetable, more like a calabaza than a jack-o-lantern, is shredded and barely cooked, so that the tendrils remain firm. That means that it crunches when you bite down on it, yet quickly melts in your mouth and releases it sweet savor, as the pepper heat fans out in your mouth like a small kitchen fire. Brilliant! 6920 18th Avenue, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, 718-236-8088
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