S&W Pepper House + I HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?!
It goes without saying that eating out (on a daily basis) takes a toll on one's health. Ever since I started eating out again, my skin has been suffering as a result. The additives/colours/preservatives in restaurant food make my eczema flare up. And it's dreadfully painful. So I decided to host an intervention. For myself.
"THIS IS AN INTERVENTION."
So, for the past 2 weeks, I've been eating a gluten-free, soy-free, organic, vegan diet. (How did I survive?!) Well I did. And I thrived. The results were instant. My eczema cleared up in the span of 2 days, my brain fog disappeared, I lost 5+ pounds...not bad eh? You don't realize the effect restaurant food has on your body until you stop eating it.
Oh, and something that I have failed to mention is that I'm actually a closeted CELIAC. "Closeted" as in: I've never told anyone, because half of the time...I forget. Yup, according to my blood tests...I'm allergic to gluten and wheat!! (Oh, the horror!)
"WHAT ELSE DON'T WE KNOW ABOUT YOU SELINA?!!"
Does this mean I'm going to stop eating gluten? Ideally, the answer would be: "HECK NO GIRL!!!" Gluten is in pretty much everything...(and every fried food that I love) so cutting it out entirely wouldn't be very realistic. But I'm probably going to have to practice "some sort" of avoidance in the future (for the sake of my health.) Sigh.
Okay, enough about celiac disease...let's get on to the food, shall we?
The other day, my mom and I went to S&W Pepper House (in Crystal Mall) for lunch! S&W is one of our favourites for authentic, Sichuan food!! I use to pass by on a semi-regular basis (when I lived 3 mins away from Crystal Mall.) On this particular visit, I was determined to try their water boiled fish (which is #1 on their recommended dishes list!!)
Deep Fried Chicken w/ Red Pepper $11.954/5 stars
One of my favourite Sichuan dishes!! Essentially bone-in pieces of deep fried chicken (sans the batter.) The chicken was crispy and flavourful. The red pepper was pretty much for show though, as it wasn't very spicy.
Boiled Sliced Fish w/ Veggies (Water Boiled Fish in Chinese) $12.95
Extra, extra spicy (I asked for Da, Da La!)
Wow, this was a steal!! Water boiled fish at most restaurants is $15 and up! And this version had a ton of fish!! The bowl was like a bottomless pit!! My mom thought it was way too spicy, and started choking, but I thought it wasn't spicy enough. The flavours were good, flavourful and adequately spicy (but not mouth numbingly so.) The pieces of fish were moist and tender, and there was a ton of bean sprouts at the bottom!
I ordered an entire bucket, to go with my boiled chilli fish!! I ended up eating 8-9 bowls...hehe!
On my first visit, I only ordered 1 bowl of rice (shocking I know.)