Tasty China Jia is located in Ponce City Market. Established more than four years ago, this restaurant delivers a wide array of Chinese cuisine. With its standout architecture, the red interior is clearly visible from most entrances of the market. Read on to learn more.
The Ponce City Location is a smaller one; with maybe ten comfortably spaced tables on the inside. This restaurant is decorated with a Chinese flare, for obvious reasons. Everything from the dragon statue to the food has the color red. Sitting in the back table, we were able to see into parts of the kitchen. While we didn’t see any issues with being able to see the kitchen, some people might see this as negative. The appearance itself definitely had me prepared for the incredible food that I consumed.
This menu varies from incredibly mild to insanely spicy. There is a huge variety to choose from, as the length of the menu spans maybe seven or eight pages. Personally, I think that a lengthy menu means that there is a higher chance of the food will not be good. This was not the case, as the chicken dish that we ordered was an incredibly flavorful experience. The portion that we received was enough to feed at least two people comfortably. Of course, I was really the only one eating because of the level of heat that was packed into the dish. We then shared a dessert that was made up of fried sweet rice. The dessert was nothing to write home about, but it definitely helped to cool off from the extreme spice.
Tasty China levels its spice using a pepper scale. Customers are able to choose from one to three peppers, with one being the mildest and three being the hottest. Naturally, I ordered a three pepper dish in the hopes that the chef would bring the heat. I was excited to learn that the chef at this location is actually from Szechuan, China. For those of you that are not aware, the province of Szechuan is known for the extreme levels of spice that is put into its food. Natives of this province are introduced to spicy food from infancy. This early exposure creates other-worldly tolerance to some of the hottest food around.
After learning that the chef was from Szechuan I asked the server to make sure that he didn’t hold back when preparing my dish. I was determined to taste something incredibly spicy. The chef came through with what was easily one of the hottest things I have ever eaten.
This quality of food should be experienced by anyone who is in search of something hot and delicious. Rest assured that there are some menu items that can be ordered without the heat that Szechuan food is known for, however, the best part of this restaurant definitely lies within its control over spice.
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308 Old Fourth Ward