As a yuppie who goes to work from Monday to Friday, “What do I have for lunch?” is always The Question of the Day. Actually, let’s make that “Where do I get lunch?” since I don’t bring packed lunch.

Where to get lunch shouldn’t really be much of a problem, considering how restaurants, food courts and other eateries abound near where I go to work. And if those aren’t enough, there are actually three nearby malls, too.

So what’s the problem? I’m not a picky eater (I am The Sampler, after all), but whenever the clock strikes 12, I just freeze. I guess the abundance of choices is just too overwhelming.

So last week, I made a couple of lunch-out rules: 1.) Try a new place every time; and 2.) Go inside the first new place I see.

Last Friday, I didn’t follow my lunch-out rules, but didn’t have a problem with where to have lunch. The moment I got to the office, I was already craving for Shi Lin’s Noodles with Sesame and Peanut Sauce (the only thing I order from that Chinese restaurant) so when the clock struck twelve, I braved the heat and walked all the way to the mall to enjoy my favorite Shi Lin dish. However, at the last minute, I decided to go for the spicy version.

All it took was one bite for me to realize instantly how much better this version is. It is basically still the same yummy dish—the noodles al dente, the peanut sauce creamy, the amount of crushed peanuts just right—but leveled up, thanks to the chili oil. I enjoyed my meal so much I think I’m never going back to the plain version.

It’s true what they say: make it spicy and it becomes really, really special.

Now I know what to do whenever I end up indecisive come lunch time: forget the rules and just head straight to Shi Lin for some Noodles with Spicy Sesame and Peanut Sauce.