First of all, if you like spicy food, read on. If you like excellent Sichuan food, definitely read on. Baguo Buyi has been a big success at their Jiefang Road branch since it opened its doors back in 2006. This newest branch is next to Green Tea on Dadou Road. English menus and reasonable prices will make this place attractive to anyone looking for their ma la fix.
We should stress again that of the seven dishes we ordered only one did not rank very high on the Scoville Scale: the Scrambled Egg with Jasmine (39RMB). It was delightful and widely used by our lunch crew as a kind of spice sponge. Now onto the stuff that required us to employ an edible sponge for spice. First up, hefty servings of Spicy Diced Chicken with Peanuts (28RMB) and Stewed Bean Curd with Minced Pork in Pepper Sauce (12RMB), commonly known as gongbao jiding and mapo doufu respectively. The Stir-fried Chicken with Pepper (32RMB) was as expected: high on flavor, low on actual meat. The Stir-fried Shrimp with Pepper (48 RMB) was a real-crowd pleaser and kept with the pepper theme. The dish is equal parts rice cakes and shrimp, and honestly, the rice cakes were far better than the shrimp. They were incredible. For some variety, we tried the Fish Filets in Hot Chili Oil (68RMB). Lastly, the Beef Noodles (16RMB) were some of the best we’ve had and would make an excellent meal for one.
With food this aggressive, a few pitchers of refreshing juice are a must. Pitchers of watermelon, orange, and papaya juice are available for 38RMB. Plum juice is an easy 18RMB. Oh and, be sure to keep the rice coming, you’ll need it. Street parking is available. They have face-changing performance from 6:30pm to 7pm.