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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

MÁLÀ PROJECT, 122 First Avenue (between East 7th Street and St. Marks Place), East Village

The issue of spice can get a bit frustrating at restaurants where spice reigns supreme. I suppose some people might end up with a dish that burns their mouth off and then others might be expecting lots of fire and then end up with less than a spark.

So when the waitress at MáLà Project asked how spicy I wanted my order, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I wanted it the way that they make it best. This was a Szechuan restaurant and I know that means the heat is a big part of the cuisine.

My options were Non-Spicy, Mild Spicy, Spicy, and Super Spicy. I didn’t want either extreme, but I was confused as to whether mild spicy was a “mild spicy” for timid Americans or for Szechuan eaters who just wanted to take it easier than usual.

In the end I went with Spicy, and surprisingly, it wasn’t nearly as spicy as I had expected. But I still got to taste how full-flavored and numbingly bold the food at this establishment can be.

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