Da Jia Le in Schöneberg invites you to bask in bold, spicy flavors plucked from the northeastern Dongbei region of China. Take your pick of cold dishes: The tofu leaf, cucumber, or five color are crisp and chewy salads brightened by generous splashes of chili oil that will get your palette singing. Next, either turn it down with the Peking fried pork strips with ribboned scallions served on thin pancakes — or amp it up with Sichuan-style fried chicken. These battered morsels deliver a fiery blast thanks to chopped dried chilis and cracked peppercorns. Beckon over the waiter to round out your order with sizzling cumin beef and a craft beer (try the slightly sour Meerjungfrau by Inselbrauerei Rügen). Da Jia Le’s jade green hall crowned with a glittering chandelier is festive enough for Chinese New Year, but feel free to celebrate any day of the week. The family-style dining means pulling up with an adventurous entourage is mandatory. (Text: Whitney Wei / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Whitney Wei moved to Neukölln from Brooklyn in Fall 2017. As an artist and writer, her work investigates the intersection of nightlife, music and urban culture.