Sichuan Spicy Ma La Frog 四川麻辣牛蛙
Just came back from Xi’an and Beijing a few days ago. Totally missed my favourite food there!!!! 牛蛙 or otherwise known as 田鸡 or frogs in Singapore. However, those found in Beijing are bigger and has more meat!! I still can’t find any comparable ones in Singapore!! Managed to had two meals of frogs consecutively on my 8th day there. The last time I ate was back in 2005!!! OMG, 5 years ago!!!! And the frogs are cheap there!!! One big pot for only RMB $58! The pot usually consists of 5-6 frogs, and they are slaughtered only upon orders. In Singapore, one frog will easily cost you $7 – 8.
Restaurant: 麻辣诱惑 Spice Spirit
Address: 北京朝阳区三里屯太古广场 (VILLAGE) 南区2号楼3层
You can actually order frogs from any restaurants that serves 川菜 (Sichuan dishes), and request for 微辣 or 加辣. The meaning of “水煮” does not mean “cooked in water”. In fact, the frogs are quickly deep-fried and then cooked in spicy chilli oil with cayenne pepper (麻椒). The cayenne pepper provides the numb or 麻 feeling when you eat. The spiciness is controlled by the amount of chilli oil they topped on top of the dish. Totally providing numbness and addiction to the unique sensation.
This is not that spicy if you’re not a chilli-eater. Some restaurants have other cooking methods. So make sure you check with the 服务员 (waitress).
This is probably the best I’ve eaten so far back in 2005. However the restaurant has once been closed down due to hygiene problems. This restaurant had live performances of the popular 川剧变脸演出 (literally Sichuan face-changing performances) which amazed me. Watch the youtube video HERE. My dad also unbelievably won the top prize in their lucky dip and won RMB $300 dining vouchers at this restaurant, hence we were there for dinner for a few occasions.
Note that all servings in Beijing are large and only comes in one size. See the bowl of steam rice at the top corner? Imagine the size of the frogs! The steam rice in this restaurant are very fragrant. I hope I’ll still be able to visit this place once again.
Restaurant: ShuGuoYanYi 蜀国演义酒楼
Tel: 010-87376566 / 68
Tel: 86-10-64667132 / 64667195
Besides these, there is another 泡椒牛蛙 which I’ve tried before, but without a photo.
Amazed by all the different frog dishes compared to our boring local ones? Make sure you walk into a Sichuan restaurant in Beijing and try for yourself!