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Jan 25, 2007 06:57 AM

Where's the heat?

I'm trying to find out what restaurants have the hottest dishes in Austin and/or who will add heat when you ask for it. Any cuisine is good. I'm not just looking for heat I'm looking for flavour too.

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  1. Madam Mam's. The Pud Cha (P16) is intensely spicy, yet extremely delicious. Their other four-star items are hot (Jungle Curry, Amazing Green Beans), but you can ask them to punch 'em up if you really want to get scorched.

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    1. re: tom in austin

      That's the only place I've found that makes green curry as hot and tasty as I like it. Have you been to the new location?

      1. re: hooliganyouth

        Yup! I prefer it over the original (due to ease of parking).

          1. re: amysuehere

            The original is on the drag. The "new" one is down south, across West Gate from Central Market.

        1. re: tom in austin

          OK - the hottest dish that I've had in austin in a long time, on par with Pud Cha, was the habanero enchiladas last night at Antonios. Standard enchiladas with rice and choice of beans, you choose 2 ingredients from spinach, cheese, muchroon, chicken, beef, pork (you can get 2 different enchiladas). - topped with a habanero sauce and cheese. Even though it was hotter than hell, it still had a nice balanced flavor.

        2. Go to Little Thailand in Garfield.Order the Thai Pepper Steak and have Surin substitute her homegrown Thai Chiles for the Bell Peppers that normally come with the plate.Flavors abound and there is a serious,very serious,heat punch.

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          1. re: scrumptiouschef

            Nothing I had on my one visit was super-spicy. Then again, when dining family style, that is probably standard.

            When I return, I won't be with a big group. I look forward to exploring more explosive menu choices. I can hardly wait.

          2. On balance I don't like Thai Kitchen nearly as much as I like Madam Mam's, and I certainly won't claim that this is the hottest food in Austin, but I do really, really like the Tiger Cry at TK. I ask them to make it super hot, and it is sensational.


            1. there is a dish at Pho on Guadalupe called Spicy Burning Tofu. it is bright red because it is covered in chile oil/sauce and surprisingly delicious and both spicy and burning. (there is also a shrimp version, but the shrimp is not cooked properly. stick with tofu.)

              come on ice cream.

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              1. re: yimay

                The Singapore tofu & chicken are both good but not spicy enough. I've eaten my way through their spicy fare. Tasty but lacking atomic burn.

              2. also, you might try Satay on Anderson. i'm not a huge thai food fan, but Satay is my favorite thai choice when forced to go thai. they have several dishes that are quite spicy. i imagine most places will cater to their customers if you ask for extra heat.