I’m looking at a menu for my local Chinese place, and about 35% of the items have a small red chili pepper next to them, indicating the dish is “Hot and Spicy.” Huh? Shrimp with garlic sauce is not hot and spicy. Maybe it would cause a tingle to the tongue of that one guy who’s never been 30 miles outside of Ottumwa, Iowa in his whole life, but for the rest of the population, it makes no sense. Anyone who has eaten at Taco Bell has experienced far spicier fare.
Cuisine from all over Southeast Asia uses real spiciness - Thai, Vietnamese, even Mongolian Barbeque has some kick. This places “Szechuan” dishes barely rise to the level of cracked pepper.
Is this an anachronism from the 60’s when garlic and paprika were an assault on the American palate? I mean, these guys even label their Hot and Sour soup “Hot and Spicy”
I’m in Colorado, BTW, and people here know what spicy food is all about, and this stuff ain’t it.