41 Riverside Ave., Medford
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"At Chilli Garden, owner Zheng Hu imports hot bean sauce, chilis, pickles, wild mushrooms, peppercorns, and other spices directly from Sichuan province. Chef Hui Zeng smokes his own bacon and grinds chilis by hand," wrote Globe reviewer Cathie Desjardins in 2006.
Pictured: Stewed chicken in spicy broth with ginger and chillies.