03/18/13 12:00am

Amazing Sichuan ‘Beer Nuts’ at Flushing’s New World Mall

Amazing Sichuan ‘Beer Nuts’ at Flushing New World Mal

Each savory flavor bomb sings with sugar, chili, and Sichuan peppercorn.

Every now and then I happen upon a Midnight Snack that I simply cannot stop eating. These guài wèi hūa shēng, or “queer taste peanuts,” are so eminently snackable I should have bought two, or even three, containers instead of one. The English name on the sign reads, “stir fried peanuts with sweet and spicy sauce.” A better description would be “sweet and savory flavor nuggets that will haunt your dreams.”

Each roasted peanut is coated with a mixture of sugar, chili, Sichuan peppercorn, and garlic among other things. Crunchy, toasty, sweet and singing with the classic numb-hot flavor think of these babies as Sichuan beer nuts. They are available for $4 a container at Szechuan Dish in the New World Mall Food Court. Get there before I corner the market on their supply.

Szechuan Dish, No. 25, New World Mall Food Court, 40-21 Main St., Flushing

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