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Feb 13, 2010 04:08 PM

Hot n' spicy Chinese food in San Gabriel Valley?

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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  1. 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.

      1. re: Burger Boy

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

        1. re: heroine

          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.

          1. re: Ciao Bob

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

      2. 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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        1. re: RoachCoach

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

        2. 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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          1. re: JThur01

            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.

            1. re: will47

              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.

            2. re: JThur01

              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.

              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

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

                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                    Actually I'm not overly fond of hot pots.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      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?

                      1. re: JThur01

                        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.

            3. 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.