No. 84, Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle

Caustic pasta
Caustic pasta
Jennifer Fredrizzi

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Wei-Shian isn't obviously a Szechuan restaurant, revealing itself to be one only when look closely. The soups offered here is labeled "hot spicy." And then, when you order it, you discover that the surface of the broth is covered in a layer of chile red oil slick. It all becomes clear that about the same time you're dabbing your forehead of sweat and chugging your third glass of water to soothe your now-throbbing throat.

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Perhaps the best Szechuan dish is the dan dan mian, a bowl of noodles served dry save for a drizzling of an oily paste made with pulverized chiles and peppers. You toss the noodles around the bowl to coat every strand with that flavorful muck until you end up with what looks like a carbonara that went through the pits of hell. As you eat, your lips begin to numb, your eyes start to weep, but you're hooked. You can't stop devouring this nearly caustic and oily pasta, your tender insides be damned.

The List:

85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café 86. Smoked Trout at Provenance 87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant 88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro 89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong 90. Poke at Costco Tustin II 91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos 92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House 93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas 94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe 95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's 97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch 99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels 100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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