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What do the put in their water at Chung King?

Bob Brooks May 22, 2010 05:09 PM

The first time I ate there I thought my taste buds were confused perhaps because of the heat in the dishes I was eating. But the water tasted that way the last time I was there, too. It's not unpleasant so much as just surprising.

Do they put some sort of chemical in the water and, if so, is it meant to help cope with the spiciness of the food?

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Chung King Restaurant
1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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  1. Chowpatty RE: Bob Brooks May 22, 2010 05:14 PM

    It's quite possible that this is a result of Szechuan peppercorns, which have a tingling/numbing effect that is not spicy like chiles. Chung King uses a lot of peppercorns but if you don't eat in a lot of other Szechuan restaurants it might seem particular to Chung King. They make everything you eat or drink afterwards taste strange for a bit.

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    Chung King Restaurant
    1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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