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Mar 29, 2009 03:06 PM

What's the spiciest (yet still edible) Dish you've had in LA?

Hello Chowhounders and Chiliheads...

I love burn. I am not talking about the burns you get from "bubbling cheese pizza on the roof of your mouth" type burn either.

Any cuisine. The restaurant should be in the LA area to

You just have to have found it edible (not, a one biter and then you have to stop over health concerns type dish) and preferably, something you've ordered more than once.

Name the restaurant, and the name of the dish (to the best of your recollection). What did you love about it?

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  1. The spiciest dish I eat voluntarily is the Lamb Frankie from Bombay Cafe. It is well worth the night of fitful sleep that it precipitates. The wrapper is eggy and tender, and the lamb curry (vindaloo?) filling and crunchy little pickles are a deft combination of flavor, texture and spice.

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    1. re: techbod

      Their lamb Frankie (Indian burrito) is really good. Our problem with Bombay is price. We used to go a lot but we sort of stopped. Then last week went went again and tried their tandoori platter for two. Pretty darn tasty with at least two types of chicken, two of lamb (one lamb sausage) that I recall and the shrimp were quite good. And their garlic nan, which had always been a weak point was a new recipe and quite delicious. Still pricey (don't get me wrong) but seemed a decent value for the money. We also got a side dish of rice with vegetables and a side of the mushrooms and saag paneer in a tomatoey sauce that was okay. I love their Himalayan Blue beer.

      1. re: Servorg

        I tried the lamb frankie after seeing it mentioned here (I love spicy foods - and Indian!), and I really enjoyed it. But I must say it was about twice the price it should have been. I mean almost $15 for a small burrito?! Regarding the heat factor though... I didn't think it was all that spicy (I asked for spicy when I ordered); I mean it was spicy, but the spicy I expect from a good lamb curry.

        If this thing was half the price I would eat it about once a week.

        The only restaurant (in LA) where I have had a considerably spicy meal was Jitlada. Though, I get plenty of heat at some taco trucks with grilled jalapenos and fresh habeneros.

        1. re: mdpilam

          All India Cafe makes decent frankies for about half that price (which is still too high, imo). Unfortunately, I haven't tried Bombay Cafe's, so I can't compare.

          1. re: a_and_w

            Thanks for the tip. I checked their website though, and their price for the Lamb Frankie was the same (well, minus 4 cents: $12.95). It was a few bucks cheaper for lunch, but I usually never eat out for lunch (during the week atleast).

            1. re: mdpilam

              Funny that you said the Lamb Frankie wasn't all that spicy. I agree. I didn't really address that point (just that I thought they were very good - which I still think) but did talk about my feeling that Bombay is overpriced. However, it's got a nice "date vibe" and when my wife and I are feeling like we need to have date night it fills a niche that most of the other Indian places on the westside don't.

              1. re: mdpilam

       was around $8.95 when last I tried it and, as I say, expensive even at that price. I would kill for a Kati Roll Co. or Roomali in LA.

        2. re: techbod

          You took the blistered words right out of my mouth!

          1. re: techbod

            I don't recall the lamb frankie from Bombay Cafe being particularly spicy. I think that is a problem with some restaurants that serve spicy food. They have a tendency to be inconsistent in their heat level.

          2. Seafood stew at Ka-San in La Crescenta, and tell them to make it Korean spicy.

            1. Dry curry - I usually get pork, but beef is good, too - at Jitlada. I make a point of ordering it from Jazz, or at least invoking her name, as she knows me and knows that I want it Thai-style spicy, not at all modified. It is one of the few dishes I have ever eaten that gets more flavorful and complex the spicier it is.

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              1. re: estone888

                Yes, yes, the dry curry at Jitlada!

                I take leftovers, and eat it (to my co-worker's delight?) for lunch. No rice, no carbs, and the heat makes me feel like I'm Godzilla!

                1. re: cjla

                  The Dry Curry really is a good spicy dish. I love it.

                2. re: estone888

                  I'm also fond of the fried soft-shelled crab dish at Jitlada -- so spicy I only had two bites, but was so tasty...


                  1. re: AquaW

                    i'm impressed- i can eat moderately hot- but at Jitlada i'm real careful about what i ask for, when it comes to hot. wasn't it jonathan gold who said: " . . . its (jitlada) the hottest southern thai in town, and hot southern thai makes it about the hottest food in the world" (sic) personally i'm not up to the challange, but I do Love Jitlada, and Jazz

                  2. re: estone888

                    Yes, Jazz had a certain look in her eye when my brother and I told her we love hot spicy food, so she recomended the dry curry with pork. I love hot food but I really couldn't enjoy the other dishes after just kept getting hotter and hotter and pretty soon I was done!!
                    By far the hottest dish I have ever eaten!!

                    1. re: estone888

                      The dry curry is hot as hell but the hottest thing I've eaten in LA (from a restaurant) is actually the fish liver curry at Jitlada. It was mind-blowingly hot. Unbelievably good but so hot.

                      The hottest thing I've eaten is some pork tenderloin I marinated in a marinade made with 8 habaneros. I then grilled it. Reich, in his grill book, recommends 16 scotch bonnets which is mental.

                    2. After watching Man Vs Food, my friends and I headed to Orochon Ramen. My friend actually ordered the Special #2 and could not finish it. The smell alone of the Special #2 burned my nose. Haha! I got the Impact Orochon and that was spicy but not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Next time i'm gonna go up 1 or 2 levels.

                      Orochon Ramen
                      123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                      1. re: Jaytizzle

                        I took the challenge and failed, but it was edible. Just not drinkable. I actually ate all the noodles.

                        1. re: junipersong

                          Exactly!! Hot soup + spicey = NO BUENO!! Haha!

                        2. re: Jaytizzle

                          I don't get to brag often, so bear with me:
                          I am on the wall at Orochon.
                          It wasn't so much hot as it was overwhelmingly wet. There's a limit to how much soup a body can absorb.

                          1. re: Jaytizzle

                            Is this soup actually delicious? Or just a gimmick? I love really hot food, but only if it can back it up.

                            1. re: Hegenbarth

                              Yes, it is very delicious. I've never taken the challenge, and woudln't want to b/c it's a good flavor to savor.

                          2. It's been too long since our last Chung King visit to remember which dish it was that made me simultaneously weep and laugh, but the NEXT spiciest thing I've had was the Bun Bo Hue at Vietnam Restaurant in San Gabriel. First time I ordered it the kid waiting on us asked me at least twice if I were really really sure this was what I wanted, so I knew it was gonna be serious. It was, deeply so, and I've had a hard time ordering anything different since then.

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                            1. re: Will Owen

                              yeah, at chung king, my friend said is this dish for real. ultra-spicy, and for some reason beer doesn't help much. I'm talking about their Fried chicken bits with sichuan peppercorns. in fact, their whole menu is crazy spicy.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Oddly enough, I find the Sichuan peppercorn to be anti-spicy, in that it actually soothes the capsicum burn. At least it does in my mouth. We usually get the spare ribs dish, which we all find addictive.

                                1. re: Will Owen

                                  Much more like the "cocaine gum rubbing" exercise than anything else I can think of... ;-D>

                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                      When you rub coca leaves on your gums (like you do in the Andes when trying to alleviate mountain sickness) it has much the same sensation as Sichuan "ma" numbness.

                                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                          Me thinks Bula was kidding (lest his next trip to the airport the Cokehounds may pay extra special attention to his luggage...) ;-D>

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            Fair assessment - just getting the benefit of doubt from the folks who are far more respectable than me...