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Bite Fight: Sichuanese Cuisine

If we’re honest, Dallas isn’t the optimal food city when it comes to nuanced Chinese regional cuisines. The gentle umami of Fujian stews and the roasted meats of Xinjiang barbecue aren’t commonly found in the gastronomic landscape of a metroplex boasting 25 Pei Wei locations. But over the years, I’ve come across some truly satisfying representations of classic Sichuanese dishes that I believe every Chinese food fan should have the pleasure of experiencing. Sichuan food is famous for its bold flavors, aggressive heat, salt, and pungent aromatics. Great Sichuanese dishes possess intense flavors that compound to create unique profiles that can leave you thirsty, sweaty, and hungry for more.

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Bite Fight: The Best Tres Leches Cake in Dallas

A fine tres leches cake is a beautiful thing. When there’s creamy vanilla sweetness coupled with a curious balance struck between light and rich, that’s when you know you’ve hit the jackpot. Pastel de tres leches is a dessert with a history soaked in Latin American cross-culturalism, burgeoned by canned milk production in the 1940s, and widely popularized in Texas by the 1990s. Dallas is rife with restaurants offering their own take on this ubiquitous, fluffy dessert, often upping the ante by changing its nomenclature. To find out how many milks it really takes to exemplify this cake, I tasted the tres leches at the health-conscious Kozy Kitchen, the cuatro leches at the trendy La Duni Latin Cafe, and the cinco leches at 2013′s Tex-Mex newcomer Mesero Miguel.

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