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galambo Sep 8, 2006 11:17 PM

i love spicy food. Was wondering where the spiciest rest in TO would be. And i don't mean add a touch of tobasco, but good spicy food. (i use tabcaso as ketchup).

any suggestions???

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  1. Brain of J RE: galambo Sep 8, 2006 11:28 PM

    How about checking out a good Hakka restaurant such as Lin Garden? I doubt if it would be considered the spiciest restaurant in Toronto, but I'm sure they'd be more than willing to crank up the heat a few extra notches if requested. Great chili chicken with a fair bit of kick. Awesome house shrimp too!

    Lin Garden is located in a very small plaza at the southwest corner of Pharmacy and Sheppard.

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      Fwagra RE: Brain of J Sep 9, 2006 11:55 AM

      Good call on Lin Garden; a nice spice hit indeed.

      I also recommend: Maroli for Indian (tell him to crank the heat).

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      Atahualpa RE: galambo Sep 9, 2006 04:06 AM

      I have a friend who goes through the bulk size bottles of Tobassco about once every two months (or less). Even he thinks that the Armaggedon wings at Duff's on Bayview are hot.

      Sure there is better spicy food, but there might not be spicier food.

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        phoenikia RE: galambo Sep 9, 2006 04:09 AM

        At Salad King, you can specify how spicy you'd like your dishes. I ordered 3 chilis, and it was quite hot, but I think the chili scale goes up to 10...

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          xtal RE: phoenikia Sep 9, 2006 02:43 PM

          The chili scale goes up to 20 actually. Personally, I top out around ten or so.

        2. Full tummy RE: galambo Sep 9, 2006 04:43 AM

          Try Hopper Hut near Kennedy & Ellesmere. There's no such thing as mild or medium there. NOW review: http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004...

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            arugula RE: galambo Sep 9, 2006 09:32 PM

            I have only been unable to eat one spice dish in a Toronto restaurant. There is a noodle soup at Hanoi Three Seasons, a really good Vietnamese place on Gerard, just East of Broadview. It really was too hot for me, but I love many of the other dishes there. They have great pho, and a grilled fish with dill dish that I absolutely love. The staff are without exception lovely, but it can be a little slow, so set some time aside.

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              jennjen18 RE: arugula Sep 24, 2006 06:19 PM

              What was the noodle soup called, at Hanoi?

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              qtxniki RE: galambo Sep 10, 2006 12:11 AM

              Definitely try the two szechwan places in the 2nd plaza north of Midland and Finch. There are things that'll make asians who like hot food SWEAT!!!!

              one is called szechuan legend and the other is call hot pepper place

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                Lipant RE: galambo Sep 10, 2006 01:05 AM

                Lin Gardens is not quite as nice as China Cottage on Ellesmere (York Mills) east of Victoria Park. Nicer atmosphere and superior food, to me. Their Chili chicken is nice and then you add the preserved chilies on the table, they are serious hot.

                1. jennjen18 RE: galambo Sep 10, 2006 01:38 AM

                  I dont know how you like Northern Chinese food, but there's a little place on Sheppard, between Midland and Brimley, in the same little plaza as the BMO called "Beef Noodle House" or something like that, and their chilli sauce is not only HOT, it is also REALLY great tasting! It's a blend of hot chillis and garlic, and other spices and good stuff, and its sooooooooo yummy. I couldnt stop dipping my noodles in it before chowing them down. Goes great with all their food items! In Chinese its called do-ban-jiang.

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                    galambo RE: galambo Sep 10, 2006 12:13 PM

                    thanks for all your suggestions.

                    Lin Garden... tried it.... not as good (or as spicy) as the China cottage (one of my fav. Hakka rest.)

                    I have not tried anything else I notice though all the rest. are oriental, which maybe true, but for me a little dis-appointing since i like so many different types, yet to get my endorephine high, i need to 'cross the ocean',

                    what i do not like is hot sauce with so much vinegar that it overpowers the heat. (most hot sauces are unfortunately based on vinegar) but that is for another thread.

                    so if anyone has any other suggestions please let us know.

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                      jennjen18 RE: galambo Sep 10, 2006 06:45 PM

                      Oh I hear ya re: vinegar overpowering the hot sauce. I just bought a generic bottle of hot sauce at Loblaws 'coz I was visiting a friend for 1 week, and needed some heat to go along with my food, and as it was on sale for $0.99, I bought it, and boy was I wrong to do that. It was just all vinegar, and yes, heat, but it just wiped out all the flavour. I cant remember what brand it was since I left the bottle at the friend's place, but it was a small bottle, and ............. yuck is all I got to say.

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                        Lipant RE: jennjen18 Sep 11, 2006 01:34 AM

                        Hot Sauce sold in most stores has no real heat. If you want heat, you need a real habanero sauce. Try a Cajohn's or one from Loca Luna or Chetty's. And for really hot food, go Indian. Ask them to make it "Indian hot". That otta do it.

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                        chalenegirl RE: galambo Sep 24, 2006 06:50 AM

                        i am a serious chilihead.

                        i would suggest salad king adn getting the 20 chillies. i like it. but i don't get it all the time bb/c the chillies are quite overpowering, i alternate with the 15 chillies and just add hotsauce as i please.
                        the other place i suggest u get REAL BURNING HOT HOT SAUCE is at THE SALIVATION CORPORATION: the 5th sense" on the danforth. the hottest damn hotsauces around. just ask for the hottest thing they have. and they let u taste test everything too. they also sell infused oils and chutneys. i recc: Uncle Bigg's Killer Hot Sauce

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                          hungryabbey RE: chalenegirl Sep 24, 2006 11:43 AM

                          mmmm while your there, check out some of their amazing vinegars like blueberry and raspberry to make your own salad dressing. They are really flavourful!

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                            chalenegirl RE: hungryabbey Sep 24, 2006 04:30 PM

                            i agree!! i love this store. everything is made by high quality ingredients. they also encourage tasting everything. it's also shocking to see how much hot sauce they have (floor to ceiling on one wall) and all the hilarious names of hot sauce.
                            lastly, the ppl there are very friendly and you will get great service.

                      3. mrbozo RE: galambo Sep 24, 2006 06:31 PM

                        Might want to try Flip Toss & Thai on the south side of Harbord east of Brunswick. I had a tofu dish that was described as hot on the menu. I asked how hot? Was told it ranked "2 chilis" on a scale of 5. I asked for it to be prepared at "3 chilis". That was plenty hot, and I like spicy food.

                        Heat aside, the food is tasty and fresh, and the prices reasonable.

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                          chowgal RE: galambo Sep 25, 2006 11:28 PM

                          Hakka or Sri Lankan restos should be good bet. Hopper Hut has some really hot food. I believe even some native Sri Lankans find it very hot and that is saying a lot.

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                            DDD RE: galambo Sep 27, 2006 01:25 AM

                            I second/third Salad King near Ryerson around Yonge/dundas - I have a really hard time over 15 chilis and I'm from the mid-east. My Asian buddies top up at 10 or 12. But we've got one white friend who can make it to 20...although by that time, he's really red (not white anymore)

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