Indonesian and Chinese people living in Sichuan might have more things in common than you think. It took a visit to Lu Wu Shuang PIK, a taste of their Sichuan food, and a quick read of top hits on Google search to arrive at this conclusion. We are all united with a love for chili.
In his article Joe Distefano said, “The province’s climate is brutally humid, damp, and steamy in the summer; and damp and chilly in the winter.” Our country might not know anything about winter, but the humid summer sounds awfully familiar. To survive the weather, a lot of people believe in battling heat with heat. After all, you can’t feel the heat as much when you have something hotter inside your mouth.
This love for chili is shown in Lu Wu Shuang’s food. The three dishes that we tried were all rich in mala, the tongue-numbing mix of Sichuan peppercorn and dried chilis. This signature element in Sichuan cuisine is extra spicy on the mouth, but the heat stops there. In comparison, heat produced by wasabi travels to your nose as well.
My favorite was Sichuan Spicy Chicken—diced chicken breast, deep fried. Right after the plate touched the table, I could smell the mouthwatering aroma of spices. Although I couldn’t taste the juiciness of the chicken because the cut size was small, the chicken had been marinated properly, allowing the spices to soak through. Meanwhile, Spicy Sour Fish hit all the right notes—fresh and sweet with moist flesh. Beware of the soup though, sip it carefully to avoid chili-induced cough. Similar to the other two, Spicy Hot Crab & Prawn Combo with Cayenne Pepper was also packed full of heat.
Overall, the three menus have similar taste profiles, and the main difference is the protein. Having said that, Lu Wu Shuang PIK offers the kind of flavor that I enjoy, and I will gladly come back for more. The portion is also generous, which makes this Sichuan restaurant a great place for family meals. Four people ordering two or three dishes would be ideal. I can imagine families sitting here on a Sunday afternoon, enjoying Sichuan food while surrounded by the traditional-modern Chinese-inspired decor. Do take in the details of the beautiful tableware and Chinese opera paintings on the wall.
Lu Wu Shuang PIK successfully captures the essence of Sichuan cuisine: spicy with rich flavors. Authenticity is guaranteed, as the restaurant originates directly from China with a number of outlets in big cities. For those of you not into chili, don’t be afraid to give it a go first. Although the spices are strong, it is still bearable and the kick stops at your mouth. You can also always order the Eight Treasure Tea afterwards, which neutralizes the heat with its herbal contents. While price is indeed more on the steep side, the food and the overall experience are well worth it.
Lu Wu Shuang PIK
Address: Ruko Garden House Blok B No. 15-16, PIK
Price Range: IDR 28-398K (food) ; IDR 15-45K (beverage)
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