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Hot Spicy Kitchen

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published July 11th 2016
Formerly known as Bava Chinese Restaurant, Hot Spicy Kitchen as its name suggests serves a good range of spicy Asian foods. The restaurant is particularly notable for its spicy hotpots; ordering is done by choosing your desired serving size, spiciness and ingredients.

Notable for its use of two different types of pork, their Sauteed Sliced Pork with Pepper & Chilli had a moreish spicy flavour with the slices of pork cooked just right. A bit of extra texture is provided by pieces of capsicum and while it may look spicy, the slices of chilli in this dish actually had a slightly sweet flavour.

Hot Spicy Kitchen, Sauteed Sliced Pork with Pepper & Chilli, Adelaide
Sauteed Sliced Pork with Pepper & Chilli (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Similar to a dish offered at Red Chilli Chinese Restaurant, the Sauteed Sweet Corn with Salted Egg Yolk served here had the salty-sweet flavour we expected from the dish. The corn in this dish tasted sweeter and crispier than the one at Red Chilli. This dish is particularly good eaten alongside their spicier dishes as the sweet flavours helped to cool down the palette somewhat.

Hot Spicy Kitchen, Sauteed Sweet Corn with Salted Egg Yolk, Adelaide
Sauteed Sweet Corn with Salted Egg Yolk (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the various cold dishes that can be ordered, their Steamed Chicken in Peanuts & Chilli Sauce had tender chicken in a sauce with a delightful nutty flavour and a slight tongue numbing aftertaste. The chicken had a few bones in it but it is not too difficult to separate it from the flesh when eating it.

Hot Spicy Kitchen, Steamed Chicken in Peanuts & Chilli Sauce, Adelaide
Steamed Chicken in Peanuts & Chilli Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


To finish our meal, we wanted Durian Pastry but had to settle for Egg Yolk Pastry instead. Their Durian Pastry was sold out. The Egg Yolk Pastry features a paste-like mixture made from egg yolks encased in pastry which is then deep-fried. The pastries were fried to golden brown with a hint of coconut flavour with the soft, rich filling contrasting well with the pastry. It was scrumptious, one of those dishes that makes you want to go back and eat a few more.

Hot Spicy Kitchen, Egg Yolk Pastry, Adelaide
Egg Yolk Pastry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Hot Spicy Kitchen, Egg Yolk Pastry, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While the restaurant is quite small, it still has a comfortable ambience with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. Parking space is available on the street where the restaurant is located with the choice of off-street parking in the U Park within walking distance of the restaurant.

Hot Spicy Kitchen, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Hot Spicy Kitchen, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

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When: 11.30am-10pm
Phone: 08 8232 4648
Where: 57 Gouger St, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $15 per dish
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