chilipa is a newly opened spicy pot joint in super 88 food court in allston, replacing one of the kind.
spicy pot, mala xiang guo, is a popular spicy sichuan dish in china. you get to choose the ingredients such as veggies, meat, and seafood, and then will stir fry them for you in special sauce/seasoning with a spicy level of your choice. ‘ma’ means the numbingness of the peppercorns and ‘la’ means spicy.
the veggies are sold by baskets and meats are sold by lbs. the choice of ingredients are rather limited at chilipa
mala xiang guo should smell really fragrant because of various spices that go into the pot, but when pork belly brought this mala xiang guo to the table, all i smelled was old meat smell. the spices couldnt even cover the old smell of the meat, thats how strong it was.
the food overall didnt taste bad. i asked for the most spicy, but it wasnt spicy and numbing enough. there’s a pool of oil on the bottom of pot. the meat def was NOT fresh. i had mild diarrhea afterwards. my friend reported the same thing after she went: the meat was really not fresh.
despite of not fresh meat, i would still come back for the veggies when i crave mala xiang guo. it is still much better than what wow bbq has to offer.
on a side note: i was commenting on my friend’s instagram pic of the mala xiang guo that i agreed that the flavors were rather weak and the meat was really not fresh. one of the owners of chilipa happened to see my comment. instead of taking in my feedback, he rudely interrupted our conversation, got super defensive, and argued back with very mean and sarcastic comments which i didnt really appreciate. i am not sure how would a restaurant improve if they cant humbly take feedback from their customers.
1095 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134