Three to eat: Time to warmth issues up at Style of Edmonton
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Spices have been prized the world over ever since they were discovered. I enjoy spicy food and can likely tolerate a little more heat than your average diner. But not all spice is equal and all three dishes had their own unique, searing flavor. Not to mention a good dose of creativity thrown in for good measure.
1. Chicken vindaloo with basmati rice, Curry N Hurry (4 tickets, Food truck J) Asking the vendor if the chickpea curry or vindaloo was hotter, without hesitation, they called out the vindaloo. But this spice was swimming through a fantastic, aromatic blend of flavors all balanced in the creamy, tomato-based sauce. For four tickets, the serving could have been a bit larger but it was a legitimately spicy dish — my lips were feeling the heat.
2. Pollo tequila limon taco con arroz, The 3 Amigos Authentic Mexican Cuisine (3 tickets, Booth 22) This dish had spice in almost every element, save for the overwhelmingly dry tortilla. But the chicken tucked inside was tender and flavourful, and the creamy yellow sauce on top smacked immediately of Valentino’s hot sauce. The authentic Mexican rice on the side was a little greasy, and a little salty. I could have used a touch more than the single piece of diced tomato as a garnish.
3. Dry spicy fries, The Lingnan ( 3 tickets, Booth 24) Red chili flakes were evident in the bottom of the cardboard bowl, but of the three dishes reviewed, this had the least actual heat. But it was a novel idea, spinning off the dry spicy chicken also on the menu, which likely also had some longstanding sauteed red and green peppers, and onions tossed in. Despite the attempted dressed-up, the actual temperature wasn’t there and fries need that over spice all the time.