Xiao Mi Feng, which means the Little Bee in Chinese, is an authentic Szechwan cuisine restaurant in the China Cluster of International City. Its interior is a simple brown wooden table and chair affair with one wall lined by high-back seating benches running from end to end and the other, a full-length glass wall separating the noisy kitchen from the dining area. The whole layout is typical of this type of affordable Chinese eatery. If you have been to China and eaten where the locals eat, you will immediately know what I mean. Note, they’re not big on English here so be prepared to use ALL your communication skills. Believe me, it’s worth it.
The food at Xiao Mi Feng is nothing less than amazing. It’s also very, very, very spicy. Forget about what will happen to you the morning after, some dishes like the aptly named Double Chili Chicken will leave your lips swollen, your tongue numb, and your throat blistered. That’s AFTER you have burned like you gargled a jug full of napalm. You will sweat a lot. You may cry or faint, or both. Of course, I am exaggerating. No one has ever fainted. Not yet.
Not everything at The Little Bee is spicy, the must try Braised Eggplant with Meat, the Stewed Shrimps with Three Fresh Vegetables and the amazing Drool Chicken are just some of the dishes which have absolutely no chili in them. There are loads more.
For the fire-breathing dragons however, there is the Braised Beef Noodle, a meal in itself. Also, worth trying are the Szechwan Style Mixed Vegetables and Meat with Blood and the Braised Fish with Pickled Peppers.
Once you get over the language barrier service is actually very good. Honey, the manager, doesn’t speak very much English but somehow, she gets by. She must have been very good at Charades as a child. Do not let all this language stuff intimidate you.
This little restaurant is a hidden gem if I have ever seen one. If it is authentic Szechwan cuisine you crave or wish to try, this is one of the best restaurants in town. Oh, did I mention that I went there with friends of mine from the Szechwan province? They loved it.
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