boiled fish with chinese green pepper at chilispot​ photo by izaiah johnson

Eat this boiled fish with Chinese green pepper at ChiliSpot​ in University City

If you’ve never experienced the ways green Sichuan peppercorns invigorate a dish, the boiled fish with Chinese green pepper at ChiliSpot is a revelation. Lesser known than their red cousins, green huajiao (“flower pepper”) impart a similar numbing heat, but their herbal, floral quality adds a surprising, pleasing twist. ChiliSpot also offers this dish with chicken or beef, but the smooth, flaky texture of the fish is a perfect foil for the silky broth, which also includes green peppercorn oil. Bean sprouts and spears of cucumber add a crunchy counterpoint to proceedings.

ChiliSpot, 7930 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.925.8711,