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cat_fud Feb 13, 2010 04:08 PM

I'm a glutton for punishment, so I'm seeking the best **HOT** and **SPICY** Chinese food in the SGV. I'm already familiar with Chung King, but I'm curious to hear of others. I'm not talking about mildly hot, slightly burns spicy, drink some water and it's better... I mean the kind that makes your eyes water, numbs your tongue for the rest of the night, and where the wait-staff asks you three times if you really want that.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    will47 Feb 13, 2010 08:42 PM

    Try Hunan Chili King - the one on Valley. Even their medium hot is pretty hot.

    Also, #1 Noodle House (Rowland Heights) can make it pretty spicy.

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      Burger Boy Feb 14, 2010 07:28 AM

      I believe Chung King is what you seek.

      http://www.laweekly.com/2002-06-27/ea...

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        heroine Mar 22, 2010 02:11 PM

        does chung king accommodate larger groups? i'd like to take a group of 13 people.

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          Ciao Bob Mar 22, 2010 05:46 PM

          Yes but that's about as many as you can get at one table. I believe I have had about 12 or 13 at their largest table...tight but do-able.

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            Burger Boy Mar 22, 2010 06:44 PM

            Thanks Bob, because I have no idea! I usually go with 3 or 4. God Eats!

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              heroine Mar 22, 2010 07:52 PM

              thank you both!

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        RoachCoach Feb 14, 2010 09:30 AM

        There's a great new sichuan restaurant in San Gabriel on the NE corner of the intersection of San Gabriel Blvd and Las Tunas. It's called New Chong Qing and it's very good and very hot! Check it.

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          will47 Feb 14, 2010 09:21 PM

          Didn't try the hot-pot, but the normal stuff I tried there wasn't even a little hot.

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            RoachCoach Feb 16, 2010 08:48 PM

            compared to what?

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          JThur01 Feb 14, 2010 09:33 AM

          Other Sichuan places are worth checking out: New Chong Qing and Shu Feng Yuan both opened since last September. And Yunchuan Garden/Yunnan Garden has some very hot/spicy dishes. The water boiled dishes are generally the hottest/spiciest.

          Even though I still haven't tried Hunan, many have told me Hunan is much hotter than Sichuan - with the already recommended Hunan Chili King mentioned as the hottest.

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            will47 Feb 14, 2010 09:25 PM

            Oh yeah - Yunnan Garden & Yunchuan Garden... worth checking out. The home style tofu is served as a mini-hot-pot (rather than stir-fried) with tons of red oil, hot chilis and whole garlic cloves.

            Yunnan 168 (newish) also has some fairly spicy stuff. I have talked to some people who didn't like it or found the seasoning off; we have gone a couple of times and it has been pretty consistently good (IMHO).

            Both have stuff rated on a 3-chili scale, but I think if you want it as hot as you're asking for, you will need to ask them to make it extra-extra spicy. To me, their 2 chili stuff is spicy, but not the kind of spicy you're talking about.

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              TonyC Feb 16, 2010 04:06 PM

              In addition to above, for straight Hunanese, cooked and operated by Hunanese staff, try Xiang Wei Lou. Hunan/Hengyang Chili King are great, but seems to carry much more grease in general. XWL features all forms of water-boiled dishes, but also can whip up simpler items (mapo tofu) as well as traditional Hunan dishes featuring cured pork/cured meats.

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              taiwanesesmalleats Feb 15, 2010 03:41 PM

              Speaking on New Chong Qing, I believe I spied another one of these at the Southwest corner of Valley Blvd and New Ave today. Either that or that heat today was making me delirious.

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                Chandavkl Feb 16, 2010 01:01 PM

                No delirium--good catch. However, before anybody gets too excited, this is a hot pot only restaurant. AYCE for $18.99.

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                  taiwanesesmalleats Feb 16, 2010 01:28 PM

                  Oh? Have you tried it? Any good?

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                    Chandavkl Feb 16, 2010 10:14 PM

                    Actually I'm not overly fond of hot pots.

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                      JThur01 Feb 16, 2010 11:30 PM

                      So there's a new branch of NCQ...SW corner at Valley & New? (so, it took the place of Corner House?...already?)...and it's hot pots only? Wow.

                      Do I have any more exclamations that end with question marks?

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                        Chandavkl Feb 17, 2010 06:52 AM

                        Yes, both Corner Houses--the original and then Rico's. Taking Cafe Dodoro into account, that makes 4 restaurants at that location in under a year.

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              aventinus Feb 14, 2010 08:05 PM

              I think Hunan Chili King is the hottest I've been to out there. Mention that you'd like it very spicy. If you don't say anything, it will certainly be spicy but might be short on fresh green chilis, which are what seem to make Hunan spicier than Szechuan.

              For Szechuan, I've found that Yunchuan Garden (very close to Chung King on Garfield) is the hottest and most numbing.

              1. Das Ubergeek Feb 14, 2010 08:59 PM

                Yunnan Garden in Hacienda Heights. Order shui zhu rou (water-boiled meat, which sounds innocuous but isn't). Make sure you tell them you aren't afraid of spice ("wo bu pa la!")

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                  JThur01 Feb 15, 2010 12:22 PM

                  Uber, thanks for the phrase. I intend to try that out. Here I am trying to learn a bit of Mandarin and, last Tuesday, the waitress at Yunchuan asked me what the tea I'd had was called in English.

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                    ipsedixit Feb 16, 2010 08:28 PM

                    Instead of saying you aren't afraid of hot and spicy why not just be direct about it and tell them you want the heat turned up ... Just say "da la".

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                      raytamsgv Feb 17, 2010 01:38 PM

                      How does one say "authentic?" I've once heard someone "正 真 得" before.

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                        Das Ubergeek Feb 17, 2010 02:40 PM

                        I guess I would say 原汁原味 (yuan zhi yuan wei), which means "original juice original flavour". You could say 地道菜 (di dao cai), which means "typical dishes". You'd need to insert the region, though: 地道川菜 (di dao chuan cai), "typical Sichuan dishes".

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                          jkao1817 Feb 17, 2010 03:46 PM

                          It should be Dao Di Cai instead of Di Dao Cai.

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                            ipsedixit Feb 17, 2010 04:30 PM

                            I would go with 原汁原味 (yuan zhi yuan wei)

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                              Das Ubergeek Feb 17, 2010 08:57 PM

                              That was my thought too.

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                                raytamsgv Feb 18, 2010 08:27 AM

                                Thanks for the info!

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                    RoxyGrl Feb 14, 2010 09:36 PM

                    Fu-Shing on Colorado in Pasadena has some pretty spicy dishes - and they are happy to amp it up if you ask

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                      carter Mar 22, 2010 07:07 PM

                      Well, to inject some new names into the fray, if you have not tried Hunan Seafood in Rosemead at 8772 Valley Blvd., east of Walnut Grove, I went Friday night for the 3rd time, and a Tex-Mex fan who loves everything spicier and hotter than..., declared a truce. I had him, as well as his girlfriend. Eyes watering out of joy, rapture, and some superb smoked ham/green beans and a lamb dish that both were sensational.
                      Also, hesitate zero to try the Newport Seafood on Las Tunas in San Gabriel in a former Marie Callendar. Waiting list starts at 5:45, and lasts seemingly forever.
                      Will be going back to one of the two on Sunday night, with nephew and Taiwanese wife in Irvine choosing the venue. I am up for both.
                      Can't wait to return to both.

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                      Newport Seafood Restaurant
                      4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

                      Hunan Seafood Restaurant
                      8772 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

                      Las Tunas Restaurant
                      3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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                        Reeter1 Mar 23, 2010 04:23 PM

                        OMG, the giant fish head at Hunan Seafood is to die for! I dream about that fish head. You must go there and eat one!

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                        Hunan Seafood Restaurant
                        8772 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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