Best Blistered Peppers

Mala Tang
3434 Washington Blvd., Arlington
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Blistered peppers have graced the menus of Boqueria, ChurchKey, Jackie’s Restaurant, and beyond. But our favorite is the “tiger skin” hot peppers at Arlington’s Mala Tang. The roasted peppers, soft and full of seeds with tinges of char, are stacked atop a giant plate with Chinese black vinegar. The $10 dish is part of a Sichuan specialty menu introduced by the restaurant in August after owners Oren Molovinsky and chef Liu Chaosheng went on a 10-day eating tour of China.
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