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Jun 11, 2009 06:06 PM

In Search of Seriously Spicy Raman or asain flaired noodle soups. [MSP]

I love very spicy foods and would like any recs for seriously firery noodle soups or other dishes. I loved the Pork in spicy szechuan broth at Little Szechuan but they seemed to dull down the heat factor. Thanx in advance.


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  1. How do you feel about papaya salad? its been discussed extensively elsewhere on this board, but i find the concoction they whip up at dragon star market on minihaha and dale to be some of the best around, and if you can manage to convince the young women who work there that you want yours plenty spicy, it will not disappoint.

    is Chino still selling their habanero popper things? i cant imagine voluntarily eating half of one in one bite, i think id rather just lick a grill.

    1. My mind went immediately to pho at any of the Vietnamese places. You have to add the heat yourself, but there is usually two different options on the table, Sriacha and chili flakes in oil, to help you do so.

      I think Hmong food is your next best bet, like tex says. Head to the Hmong market in St. Paul and find the soups. It will probably be made very hot.

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      1. re: churchka

        I hate to be contrary because I do love the Hmong Market and can't think of enough excuses to get over there, but I haven't found the various Hmong soups to be very spicy on my trips to the Hmong Market. In fact, one soup I recall as downright sweet (but delicious!)

        I've had consistently and seriously spicier food at Bangkok Thai Deli.

        As far as Little Szechuan is concerned, oddly, I prefer the fish fillet with tofu in spicy tasty broth to the nearly identical seeming dish prepared with pork. The flavors in the fish/tofu dish seem more intense to me, though I cannot explain why. Maybe the fish and tofu absorb more than the pork does?

        I will say that on most occasions the dish is "very spicy". However, one time, our server asked us, "Do you like it spicy" and we said "Yes" and it came back outrageously spicy. I had to scrape the chili off with a spoon in order to eat it and could still only barely eat it. That one experience leads me to believe that if you convince your server you can handle outrageously spicy they will bring it out to you that way.


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I have actually been meaning to try the fish fillet in spicy tasty broth. I had reservations earlier on because I had actually tried the beef in spicy tofu broth and was not impressed. Coincidentally I usually tell the server to ask the chef to make it VERY SPICY and still found it outside of my comfort zone. Maybe I should get a bunch of beef bones, go to Dragonstar and pick up ingredients to make my own super spicy noodle soup. Anyway thanks for the replies.


          1. re: Fudist

            Perhaps it would be worth trying to order something else that indicates your interest in authentic or adventurous foods - "make this very spicy please" could be interpreted at make this very spicy for my minnesotan tastebuds, but it would be less likely if you were ordering a side of chicken feet/pigs intestines.

            Growing up my father used to order an infamously fatty dish at a popular SF chinese spot, and each and every time (dozens, i swear) the server would bring over a manager who would ask 3-5 times if he was sure he wanted it.

          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            When I had the filet in spicy broth at LS I didn't even ask for it spicy and I was sweating. Good stuff.

            1. re: dave43

              You know, I thought I was getting it brow-mopping spicy until it arrived REALLY spicy that one time.


            2. re: The Dairy Queen


              I've never seen your posts on your experiences at BTD, and I'd love to know what you've eaten there and how you enjoyed it or not. Can you point me to a link or two to threads you've contributed to on that place?



              1. re: HuaGung

                Wow! You are incredibly observant! I don't think I've ever posted about BTD, aside from the initial link to Igger's blog. I didn't post about my early visits because the owner told me how upset she was that Jeremy Iggers had written about it. I wasn't sure how to feel about that, so, I just declined to post about it for awhile. By the time I stopped feeling confused, everything great to say about BTD had already been said by people more eloquent than me. What can I say--the place is amazing. But, it does always make me a little sniffly from the spice!


          3. First of all, this is a state full of sissies. If you want hot, you have to ask for it. And you can't do it with a smile.

            Bahn Thai has very good Tom Kha Kai, and if you ask for it hot, they deliver.

            The papaya salad I had at Sweet Basil was monstrously spicy, and the seafood noodle soup was no slouch.

            The fish curry at Cafe Bonxai has some nice kick if you order it spicy.

            For other cuisines.

            I had a fiery tikka masala at Gandhi Mahal, and the food there is outstanding.

            La Pineda has some spicy burrito options, with plenty of ways to ratchet it up on your own.

            ***Checks credibility at the door***

            The Blazin' wings at BW3 are actually pretty spicy.

            1. I suggest the patented Paladin Spice belt which comes with free Have Fire-Will Travel cards included. This miracle product will enable you carry spices of every description and never be at the mercy of a bland restaurant ever again. This product will be available soon once my shipment from China arrives. Look for it on late night TV.

              Meanwhile, you could carry your own firepower until my deluxe product clears Customs.